A mid-summer cruising special . . . .

Posted: June 20, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, we were not sure what weather to expect for our Mid-Summer Special, but warm rain was the best on offer here . . . . . we won’t believe summer has arrived until we get some warnings of imminent hosepipe bans. Nevertheless, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile and set off in good spirits to call by for the Cruising Crew . . . . and they turned out in goodly numbers . . . .  lured, no doubt, by the promise of another adventure, across musical frontiers , in and out of time zones, and jumping genres . . . . . which is just what you’d expect when we go Cruising with the Commissioner!
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Mr Merlot came dressed most appropriately in a colourful Hawaiian shirt, knee length shorts and rope sandals, with The Cruisettes looking resplendent in their polka dot tops and hot pants. So, with the pink champagne on ice and a few tasty nibbles in the hospitality lounge, we were ready to ensure a warm Mid-summer welcome to one and all.

The playlist included suggested items from the Cruising Crew, including a couple of 45s from fellow Wireless FM DJs The Shake and Max Quirk. Max was on our gig list this week and he was whipping up something special with a rather fine selection of 45s, including one from The Friends of Distinction with a familiar tune for those who catch the end of our Cruising show . . . . ‘Grazing in The Grass’.

Our Three From Me selection this week was provided by another Wireless FM DJ, The Auburn Phantom, who just happen to include something appropriately summery. So, we cleared the decks and got the Cruising Orchestra assembled to welcome him back with a flourish.

We set off at a fair speed in the Cruise Mobile with Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and what we’ve been waiting for here in the Grand Duchy . . . . . a Heatwave! Then we got up to full cruising speed with Jamie Coe and his 1959 debut release, ‘Summertime Symphony’. For the rest of the good stuff, take a look at our playlist:

Cruising for the sunshine . . . . .                                      tee shirt Oh Well
Heatwave – Martha & the Vandellas
Summertime Symphony – Jamie Cole
Hot Banana – Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers
Red Hot Love – Billy Williams
Red Hot – Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men
Dancing In The Street – LaBert Ellis
Bikini – The Bikinis
Grazing In the Grass – The Friends Of Distinction
Surfin’ USA _ The Beach Boys
Summer Rain – Al Wilson
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight – Didn’t It Rain

Three From Me . . . . . with The Auburn Phantom
I Just Caught A Face – The Basement
Summer Breeze (Part 2) – The Isley Brothers
Jig Saw Puzzle Blues – Fleetwood Mac

Cruising with the heat from the street . . . .
Sunshine of Your Love – Santana (with Rob Thomas)
Summertime – Janis Joplin with Big Brother & The Holding Company
Keep Searchin’ (Follow The Sun) – Del Shannon
Summer In the City – Joe Cocker
Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Walk in the Sunshine of Love – Etta James
Good Day Sunshine – Roy Redmond
Sunshine Day – Osibisa
Sunny – Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters
Let The Sunshine In – The Peddlers

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Vivre Avec Toi – Les Miserables

Cruising for the sunset . . . . .
Long Nights Of Summer – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
Sunshine Day – Jethro Tull
The Boys Of Summer – The Ataris
Summertime Blues – The Who
The Sun Is Shining – Jimmy Reed
Long Hot Summer – The Tom Robinson Band
Waiting On A Sunny Day – Bruce Springsteen
Automatically Sunshine – The Supremes
Mr Blue Sky – ELO
Baby Come Back – The Equals

The chatroom got pretty crowded this week with most of Wireless FM’s Tuesday Night Mafia and some other esteemed members of the Cruising Crew. They got to hear this week’s ‘Girls and Guitars’ feature which showed us practicing a little slight of hand, because we were featuring Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Marie Knight and a most appropriate 1947 Decca release . . . . ‘Didn’t It Rain’.

Well, we did our best to celebrate mid-summer in style and our playlist certainly raised the spirits of The Cruisettes who went on to party into the late hours with Mr Merlot . . . . and in the end I stopped by to join them too.  If it all sounded good to you, I hope we can look forward to your good company again next week, when we’ll call by again with the Cruise Mobile all ready to take you Cruising with the Commissioner. . . . by then we’ll be about to report on our long awaited visit to ‘Blues On The Farm’.

And if you can’t wait till then . . . . why not check out our website and some of the other radio shows we enjoy, including the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM.

So, till we meet again here on Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Been an absolute blast tonight TC – so many good tunes for the mid summer special. Lets hope the second half of summer is better than the first

  2. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner

  3. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC!!

  4. The Spinmeister says:

    Another great show, to celebrate summer, Commish.

    Trust weather not dampening your festival activities too much.

    Saw Eddie and Hot Rods and Nine Below Zero at the Garage, Highbury last night. Very good, pacey stuff. Good time had by all, but most enjoyment seemed to have been had by E & Hot Rods.


  5. Thanks Spinmeister.

    Sounds like a great line-up and a great evening at The Garage. I hope you were suitably ‘supervised’!

    Next week’s show is likely to feature a musical account of gigs at ‘Blues on The Farm’ and the much awaited return of Frankie Valli to the RAH. So far, so good!


  6. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Sweltering greetings just returned from the St Osyth delta .

    Have just listened to the summertime show and you won’t believe it but I have a few gripes

    Les Miserables well he certainly lived up to his name professional mourner by trade no doubt! If you wanna hear a good band from Canada check out Powder Blues superb.

    The Piddlers black polo necks, dark glasses had to make up for their lack of recording success by shinning up drainpipes and leaving boxes of Cadburys milk tray by some old tarts bed! Whatever next The Spinners and Liverpool Lou, Micki and Griff and their little donkey ?

    Apart from that a very pleasant show old chap

    poodle tip

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      I would like to thank you for your comments . . . . . . and I hope that Preparation H will bring you comfort soon!

      Doubtless you took a trip down to the crossroads whilst in the St Osyth delta and found roadworks and a diversion route . . . . giving you extra cruising time, of course.

      I bow most humbly to your greater knowledge of The Spinners’ ‘Liverpool Lou’ and Micki and Griff’s ‘Little Donkey’! Perhaps you could offer a masterclass on the social impact and underlying symbolism of these and others . . . . such as Val Doonican and Paddy McGinty’s Goat, and maybe Charlie Drake and ‘My Boomerang Won’t Come Back’.

      Have fun!


      • Arfa Pinetop says:

        Thank you for your very informative response. .

        Mr Drakes boomerang did in fact come back and knocked him off stage during one of his many not funny live tv shows .One suspects it was thrown by one of those native Americans he encountered when pleading with Mr Custer not to let him die I remember it causing quite a splash not a splish at the time !!!

        Powder Blues don’t forget


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