I can dig it . . . . .

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:
Just lately, the good weather and the school holidays have clearly had their influence around the Grand Duchy. The roads hereabouts seem to have had an unusual share of motorists cruising with their windows down and their sound systems turned up. So, the art of cruising is still alive and well, even if their choices of music don’t always match the rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues that we like on our playlists.
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The ‘seasoned’ members of the Cruising Crew will know that every once in a while we bring you a little feature on a particular record label that’s been influential in bringing us the music we like here on Cruising with The Commissioner. This week we decided to do it again, with the spotlight falling on that black and silver label that was Stateside records. The label was set up to become EMIs UK outlet for a host of American labels and we took an amble through the Stateside catalogue to bring you a few juicy gems.

Amongst our regular Three From Me guests, we have learnt to expect some excellent choices from our good pal The Majestic. He seems to have brought us, so often, a few surprises and some vinyl rarities. So, we were very pleased when we heard from him again and although he was in the midst of a heavy workload, he generously found time to offer us another selection of groovy grooves. For which we were duly grateful.

Despite the distractions, we were well prepared when Thursday rolled around, with the Cruise Mobile polished and gleaming as we set off on our musical adventure with Chuck Willis and his Atlantic release ‘My Baby’. It all rolled along very nicely and we squeezed in plenty of tasty treats along the way.

Cruising for the border . . . . .Tee Shirt - flip flop
My Baby – Chuck Willis
Over & Over – Bobby Day
I Feel Like A Million – Mamie Bradley
Hot Little Mama – Johnny Guitar Watson
Strange Kind Of Feeling – Big Tiny Kennedy & His Orchestra
Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
My Baby Left Me – Dave Berry
Strange Feeling – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
Shuffle – Sass Jorden
Mojo Boogie – J.B. Lenoir

Three From Me  . . . . . with The Majestic
Same Identical Thing – The Gillettes
Forever – The Seminoles
A Thing Called Jealousy – Buddy and Stacey
Cruising again with Stateside Records
Bama Lama Bama Loo – Little Richard
The ‘In Crowd’ – Dobie Gray
Baby Love – The Supremes
He Was Really Saying Something – The Velvelettes
The Cheater – Bob Kuban & The In Men
What’s Wrong With Me Baby – The Invitations
Harlem Nocturne – The Viscounts
Little Girl – The Syndicate Of Sound
Got Love If You Want It – Slim Harpo
Gonna Send You Back To Georgia – James Carr
Earthquake – Bobbi Lynn
Fly Me To Havana – The Grassroots
Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
The Tramp – Lou Gird

Cruising for home . . . .
Maydell – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – The Small Faces
Our Day Will Come – Pat Deville
I Can Dig It – Booker T & The MGs
After Midnight – Maggie Bell
Mama Said – Dusty Springfield
Please Mr Postman – Helen Shapiro
Tell It Like It Is – Eddie Bo
Lorain, Lorain – Eddie Clay
Grab Your Partner & Do You Own Thing – Baby Al & The Capps
Sticks & Stones – Jerry Lee Lewis
Keep It to Yourself  – The Raelettes
Yes, Indeed – The Isley Brothers

Our good pal Johnny Alpha returned from his sojourn overseas with plenty of music to entice us to drop by at his Killer Diller Korner. This week he was recalling a visit to Discos Juandó in trendy Born, where he’d been doing some rummaging amongst the vintage vinyl, under the watchful eye of Marcos Juandó, the owner. We were certainly the beneficiaries this week, with his Lou Gird track.

We let our fingers do a little walking along the shelves of the Cruising Library to put together a trio of tracks from three UK girls, including Dusty Springfield, Maggie Bell and Helen Shapiro. Each featured a rather good cover of a well known American hit and we know they will be well received amongst some of the Cruising Crew.

Our girls and guitars feature this week focused on British born Canadian rock singer songwriter and bass guitarist, Sass Jordan. When you hear her, it’s not surprising that she has played the role of Janis Joplin in the New York show called ‘Love, Janis’. So, we listened to her three albums to find something for our playlist and we were spoilt for choice. But, we settled on one called ‘Shuffle’ from her ‘Get What You Give’ album and hoped you’d enjoy it.

All too soon, we ran out of time before we ran out of music. So we turned the Cruise Mobile for home safe and prepared to say our farewells. Rest assured we’ll have it ready and raring to go next week, when we’ll call by to tempt you to travel with us again same time same place next week. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . have fun!

  1. Mrs TC says:

    Enjoyed that TC

  2. Lil-Sis says:

    Saw the Isley Brothers and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at the Lewisham Odeon. Saw most of the tamla groups in fact.

    Thanks for another good night of tunes and good company in the chat room, but you may need to look for a new venue TC . . . . Cruise Control is getting too small for all the Cruisettes 🙂

    Hope you have a good week. See you next week. 🙂

  3. The Vikster says:

    Great show as ever 🙂

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Tell me JMs version of Maydell is it pronounced “Made in Hell”? A wise move to follow it with someone who could sing !

    Enjoyed Dave Berry. Did ever entangle himself from that mike lead?

    Good stuff Emp


    P.S. Willie Mitchell and the 4 Kings

  5. Most esteemed Arfa

    Seem to remember Dave Berry rushed into the studio to cut ‘My Baby Left Me’, after seeing the Beatles on Juke Box Jury reviewing the latest Elvis 45. John Lennon said Elvis was better when he was recording stuff like ‘My Baby Left Me’ . . . . . and it certainly did alright for Mr Berry!

    Have found Willie Mitchell & The Four Kings doing ‘Walking Alone’ and we just might sneak that into a future playlist.


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