I’m on my way . . . . .

Posted: June 13, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, here’s hoping that the spirits have been with you this week and that all is well in your corner of the world (or beyond . . . . in case there’s been an intergalactic growth in our audience). Around the Grand Duchy it has been a pretty busy time, with business, social and family events, all of which seemed to go well and got us tee’d up nicely for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

One of the sunny days coincided with a gig of London band Supurbia. So, we enjoyed the journey and the prospect of a little soft rock at Camden’s Dublin Castle. They were playing to an enthusiastic audience and at the after show party, lead guitarist, Steve, said if we played a track from them on the show he’d wash the band’s socks for a month . . . . of course he was careful not to specify which month . . . . probably a wise move.
Cruising #116
Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on UK singer/guitarist Chantel McGregor . . . . . and I’m very grateful to the esteemed Arfa Pinetop for pointing us in her direction.

We were very pleased to welcome back The Vikster with another Three From Me selection . . . . which brought Paul Thorn back to our playlist and introduced us to the humour of Eliot Mason. So, we were very appreciative indeed.

Our musical journey started with some excellent ‘real’ R&B from Floyd Dixon & His Band with ‘Roll Baby Roll’ and we reached our optimum cruising speed with the help of Shirley Gunter & The Flairs and ‘Oop Shoop’.

Cruising for the coast . . . .                                                  Ladies Tee - the summer's here
Roll Baby Roll – Floyd Dixon & His Band
Oop Shoop – Shirley Gunter & The Flairs
You Tickle Me Baby – The Royal Jokers
Annie Don’t Love Me No More – The Hollywood Flames
Well Alright – Little Richard
Yeah Man – Sam Cooke
Ain’t It Baby – Kenny Gamble & the Romeos
I’m On My Way – Winfield Parker
All Night Worker – Dino & The Deltones
Help Me – Chantel McGregor
Don’t Lie To Me – Tampa Red

Three From Me  . . . . . with The Vikster
Taped The Wrong Side – Elliot Mason
Black Rainbow – Paul Thorn
Million Dollars – Bare Naked Ladies

Cruising down the road apiece . . . .
You Turn My Head – Supurbia
Feelin’ Free – Pacific Drift
Never Let Go – The Spirit of John Morgan
Mojo Boogie – Johnny Winter
Don’t Start Me Talking – Rory Gallagher
I Fought The Law – The Jolly Boys
Raindrops, Love & Sunshine – Robert John
Reelin’ & Rockin’ – Dave Clark Five
Chills & Fever – Tom Jones

Killer Diller Korner  . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Chicago – The Phantom Brothers

Cruising for home . . . . .
Turn On Your Love Light – Kenny Rossi
They’re Red Hot – Hugh Laurie
Strange Things Happening Everyday – Liz McComb
Cops & Robbers – Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew
Teach Me – Gorgeous George
I’m Not In Love With You Anymore – Stella & the Gazelles
Just A Little Misunderstanding – The Contours
Oh Baby Don’t You Weep – Luther Ingram
Rockin’ Is Our Business – The Treniers

Our Cruising time travel facility was well used to shift us in and out of time zones and to take us back to 1940 for something from Hudson Woodbridge, or Tampa Red as we know him. He is credited as writing many classic blues songs, such as ‘Crying Won’t Help You’, ‘It Hurts Me Too’ and ‘Love Her With A Feeling’, but on the 10th of May 1940 he recorded another song that would go on to be covered by a bewildering number of artists, including Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones . . . . . and it was Tampa Red’s version of ‘Don’t Lie To Me’ that we went looking for in the Cruising Library . . . . and we found it!

We added our small tributes to a couple of folks celebrating birthdays this week, including Tom Jones and Hugh Laurie. We picked a couple of covers by each of them . . . . ‘Chills & Fever’ and ‘They’re Red Hot’, respectively. We also found time to cue up some dance-floor favourites from Gorgeous George, Stella & the Gazelles, The Contours and closed that set with the sound of Luther Ingram.

But, all too soon, we discovered that whilst the road goes on forever, we were running out of time for our cruise and had to bring the Cruise Mobile back home with ‘Rockin’ Is Our Business’ by The Treniers.

As soon as the Cruise Mobile rolled to a standstill, we were busy clearing up before heading off with Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes for the after show party and cheered even more by the thought that we’ll be back for more next week . . . . and the delights of our Mid Summer Special.

So, if you’re around, same time same place next week . . . we’ll call by for you and once again we can go Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . and until then, remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Great stuff Commissioner, nice Three From Me too.


  2. The Vikster says:

    Aw . . . . I wasn’t ready for it to end.

    The Vikster

  3. Lil-Sis says:

    Well thanks TC for another good week of tunes. Enjoyed the Vikster’s 3 from me. Hope the sun shines for you soon. Catch you next week.


  4. The Spongeman says:

    Hey Vikster, a good 3 from me!


  5. The Majestic says:

    Dear Commissioner

    I would like to nominate a track for your mid-summer extravaganza. The track in question is ‘Al Wilson with Summer Rain’, unfortunately a rather apt title!

    The track is taken from his 1968/9 album ‘Searching for the Dolphins’. Released in the UK on the Liberty record label.

    Your servant always

    The Majestic

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most magnificent Majestic

      How thoughtful and a most pleasant arrival on this sunny afternoon. It prompts an eager confirmation that we’ll certainly give that one a spin on our mid-summer cruise. . . . rain or not!

      Only this morning I was reflecting on how we had so narrowly escaped the prospect of three sunny days in a row and the inevitable hosepipe ban. But, the news today predicts next week will bring the hottest temperatures in London for the past 100 years. So, we’ve stocked up the fridge with copious bottles of Moet and pink champagne in readiness. . . . and we’re hoping to avoid any encounters with the local constabulary when we next get cruising.

      Respects (as always)


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