Jaywalking . . . . .

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the preparations for this week’s Cruising with the Commissioner were pretty ‘focused’, because the Cruising entourage has returned with broad smiles from the sojourn across the channel and some splendid days in the Loire Valley. Plenty of good company, great food, excellent wine and some sounds from a two day festival. The Cruise Mobile was laden with booty for the journey back to the Grand Duchy, which will ensure that Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes will be even happier on our Thursday night adventures. As you might expect, our continental cruising was accompanied by a varied playlist and provided an opportunity to check out some albums that just might get sampled on future shows. So, when Thursday rolled around and the sun was shining, we were well placed to extend cheery greetings to one and all.Cruising #82

It seems our feature on the Piccadilly label was well received and this week we decided to trawl through some of the 45s bagged on our recent rambles around the record shops, not least, because the pending tray was getting dangerously overloaded. We had the good company of The Vikster with her latest Three From Me selection and another little glimpse into Johnny Alpha’s rare and exotic record collection with our latest visit to Killer Diller Korner.

So, with squeals from the wheels of the Cruise Mobile, we set off on our cruise with Wynona Carr and one of her late 50s recordings for Specialty records, ‘Finders Keepers’, and with but a few words more, we found ourselves in the company of Eddie Daniels (with Eddie Cochran on guitar) and a fine piece of rockabilly called ‘I Wanna Know’. If that sounds good, we recommend you sit back and relax in the sumptuous comfort of the Cruise Mobile and enjoy the rest of our playlist:

Cruising way out there . . . . .                                                 tee shirt - you can meet
Finders Keepers – Wynona Carr
I Wanna Know – Eddie Daniels
Have Mercy Baby – Buddy Lamp
‘Til Broad Daylight – Buster Smith & His Heatwaves
I Take What I Want – Sam & Dave
My Life – Joe Jama
She Caught The Katy – Taj Mahal
Yellow Moon – The Debra Farris Band
Bull Doze Blues – Henry Thomas
54 -46 That’s My Number – The Maytals

Three From Me  . . . . . with The Vikster
Leonard Cohen – Big Boy Bloater & The Limits
(I Want To be Your) Sattelite – Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition
Hipslicker – The Hoax

Cruising with friendly faces . . . .
Safronia B – Calvin Boze & His All Stars
Look At That Chick – Johnny Wright
It’s Needless To Say – Bernard Williams & The Original Blue Notes
Hit & Run – Rose Battiste
I Want To Feel I’m Wanted – Frankie Beverly & The Butlers
Your Love Has Got Me Down – The Blenders
Look At What I Almost Missed – Pat Lewis
Dancing In the Street – Martha & The Vandellas
Whispers Getting Louder – Jackie Wilson
Shake A Tail Feather – James & Bobby Purify
Jaywalking – The Upsetters
Don’t Freeze On Me – Jessie Mae

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Much More – Unidades

Cruising for home . . . . .
Where Did Your Love Go – Delroy Wilson
This Little Light Of Mine – The Gospel Dream Choir
Pride Of Man – Quicksilver Messenger Service
Bread – Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Do You Love Me – The Rayons
It’s Growing – Margie Johnson
I’m Into Something Good – Earl Jean
Needle in a Haystack – Tawney Reed
Flaming Mamie – Billy Hambric

For our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature this week, the spotlight fell on Derba Farris, who leads her own Santa Barbara based band, which is well established around California. She’s been recording albums since 1998 and we picked a track, ‘Yellow Moon’, from her 2006 album ‘Gotcha Covered’.

For some scratchy blues, we went in search of the origins of Canned Heat’s ‘Goin’ Up The Country’, which led us to the song “Bull Doze Blues” recorded by Henry Thomas in the late 1920s. We found a copy with Henry Thomas accompanying himself on guitar and quills and enjoyed listening to the original.

Even a malfunctioning chatroom couldn’t dampen our spirits, but all too soon, some familiar faces and places came into view, signalling that we were coming to the end of our cruise. So, as we finished with Billy Hambric’s ‘Flaming Mamie’, we were hoping that there had been plenty in our playlist to tantalise your musical tastebuds. If so, then perhaps you’ll be tempted to join us again next week, when we’ll call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, to take you Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, why not leave us some feedback and comments, but until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Thanks for a good show tonight TC. Some real good tunes on the playlist. Shame the chat room wasn’t working.

    Catch you next week

    • The Commissioner says:


      Glad there were some good things in the playlist for you.

      We’ll have to learn morse code in case we get thrown out of the chatroom in the future!


  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Henry Thomas excellent ,James and Bobby ditto .Rose Battise never heard of but did like shades of Nowhere To Run, and Heatwave and a lot more in there nice.

    Big Boy Bloater certainly sent me to the limits . . . . . the limits of the garden shed reaching for the Emva Cream, as does anything associated with Leonard Cohen he should of stuck to running supermarkets like his Dad.

    As for The Unidades, I certainly couldn’t take ‘Much More’! Bring back Pinkertons Assorted Colours

    Leadbelly “In the Pines”, The Four Pennies ” Black Girl ” . . . . What’s that got to do with owt? I dunno I’m on the Emva Cream now!

  3. Most esteemed Arfa

    Didn’t know you were a secret Emva Cream drinker . . . thought you were a strict Jamiesons devotee.

    Big Boy Bloater has done some good stuff and we’ve played other stuff by him on the show before.

    I have to say I really enjoyed unearthing that Henry Thomas track. Great stuff and I wonder if he ever thought we’d still be listening to him all these years later.

    Thanks for the tip about the gig list.



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