We got a good thing going . . . .

Posted: May 23, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, we may be waiting patiently for the full blast of summer here in the Grand Duchy, but there’s always the warmest of welcome for one and all when we turn up in the Cruise Mobile. We very much hope that you’ve had a groovy week in your corner of the universe and that you have managed to fit in your full fun quotient, as prescribed for going Cruising with The Commissioner.Cruising #111

We’re only four weeks from mid summer’s day and the forecasts are making us think of having our summer party indoors. The Cruisettes are in charge of food and Mr Merlot is in charge of the ‘refreshments’, including the chilled champagne . . . . which is a reminder that the controversy continues about our musical choices relating to illicit substances. We were quick to play ‘Champagne and Reefer’, because we suspected the sniffer dogs would be around to Cruise Control . . . . but so far, so good!!

The week has been full of social events here, a deal of travelling and some enjoyable encounters with members of the Cruising Crew. A few business matters crept into the diary, but we were ever ready and waiting for Thursday night with another fine playlist, positively bursting with some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. Even more great music was guaranteed with the return of our good pal The Majestic. He brought an excellent Three From Me selection that would cost you ‘big bucks’ if you wanted your own copies.

Last week we featured a selection of covers of American R&B hits by UK bands . . . . and we just couldn’t resist it . . . . (against the odds) we tracked down the originals on the shelves of the Cruising Library for our mutual listening pleasure. Indeed, not getting too far away from UK covers, our Girls & Guitars feature this week, put the spotlight on American singer and guitarist Barbara Lynn, who may be better known as a singer than a guitarist. But, if you listen to many of her recordings, you can hear her guitar work in there somewhere and this offered us an opportunity to dig out a cherished 45 that’s been in the Cruising Library for long time. The song will be well known, because it was covered in the UK by the Rolling Stones for their ‘Out Of Our Heads’ album, but we featured Barbara Lynn’s 1964 original of ‘Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Going). But, to start our cruise, we hit the accelerator hard with Little Richard’s high powered ‘Tutti Frutti’ . . . . and more:

Cruising for the blue horizon . . . . . tee shirt - fizz it is
Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
Baby Baby Every Night – Etta James
Shame Shame Shame – Smiley Lewis
Poison Ivy – Willie Mabon
My Wife Can’t Cook – Lonnie Russ
Meet Me Halfway – Arbee Stidham
The Last To Know – Pat Lewis
You Don’t Love me – The Epitome of Sound
Take This Hurt Off Me – Don Covay
You Can Love Yourself – Papa George & Micky Moody
House of The Rising Sun – Mary Travers & BB King
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters

Three From Me . . . . . with The Majestic
Human – The Ad-Libs
Hey Little Fool – Big John and the Fabulous Blends
The Time Has Come – Frank Foster and the L.A. Untouchables

Cruising with the top down . . . . .
Tell Me Why – The Mavericks
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich
Air Travel – Ray & Bob
Michael (The Lover) – The CODs
Just A Little Bit – Roscoe Gordon
It’s Alright – The Impressions
I Can’t Stand It – The Soul Sisters
Oh! Baby (We Got A Good Thing Going) – Barbara Lynn
Just One More Day – Otis Redding
Oh My Love, Sweet Love – The Hill Sisters
Ain’t That Love – Ray Charles
Champagne & Reefer – Muddy Waters

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Oo-Ma-Liddi – J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

Cruising for home . . . . . .
Love Me Two Times – The Doors
Lie To Me – Joe Cocker
Here T’Is – The High Numbers
Don’t Start Crying Now – Slim Harpo
Lovely Ladies – Jimmy Hughes
Your Wish Is My Command – The Inspirations
I’m On My Way – Barbara Dane
I Got Tore Up – Don Julian & The Meadowlarks
Boot ‘Em Up – The Du Droppers

Our good pal, Johnny Alpha, was along for the ride again this week, as we cruised through the sounds around Killer Diller Korner, and for the devotees of his choices in music, you can catch the latest Killer Diller Show online which features ‘train songs’. He’s given us a friendly challenge . . . . to find even more ‘train songs’ for next week’s Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . and we are minded to rise to the challenge!

We played our tribute to Ray Manzarek, keyboard player of the Doors, who formed the band with Jim Morrison in 1965 and sadly passed away this week. But, on a more cheery note, we joined in the celebrations this week for the birthdays of Joe Cocker and Pete Townsend. Our small contribution to those celebrations came with Joe’s version of ‘Lie To Me’ and the old Bo Diddley classic ‘Here ‘t Is’ from Pete’s time in The High Numbers.

Sadly, all too soon a few familiar places started coming into view, which meant that we were heading for home, but we did it in style with the Du Droppers and ‘Boot ‘Em Up’. But rest assured there’s still a rather full pending tray here, with plenty of juicy gems for when went we next call in the Cruise Mobile . . . . same time same place . . . . just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, why not give us some feedback or a few favourite tunes for a future show, or check out some of the other radio shows we enjoy here, including the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM.

Until the next time we go Cruising with the Commissioner, remember . . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Well thanks for a good night TC. Some soulful tunes played tonight and the Three From Me was real smooth listening – feel really chilled now. Have a good week. Catch you next week.


  2. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner

    The Shake

  3. The Vikster says:

    The Majestic . . . . ooo that voice. I’m enjoyed it very much, but the end comes all too soon.

    The Vikster

  4. Cutsville says:

    Nice on, always a good call TCs show innit 🙂

    Ray Manzarek was cool. He used to play the bass on all their tracks on either the organ bass pedals or with his hands with a moog bass pedal set placed on top of his farfesa top sheet.

    Thanks for the jazz TC.


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