Archive for September, 2013

You’d better move . . . .

Posted: September 26, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, it’s been a good week here in the Grand Duchy. The late summer sunshine has been most welcome and there’s even been a moment or two (snatched amidst a busy schedule and overseeing the estate’s harvest) to sit on the South terrace and catch a few rays. There have been plenty of friendly faces calling by and, while the Cruisettes have been having fun on a European trip, we were paying some fruitful visits to the local music emporia, from which we carried away a goodly selection of new tracks for the Cruising library . . . . . which we will aim to squeeze into the playlists for Cruising with the Commissioner. Cruising #190

Our giglist this week included an excellent Saturday night set by Max Quirk, who played some very fine soul and R&B tracks that certainly got some attention on the night. We so enjoyed his selection that we reprised a few of them for our own cruising playlist. By the time Thursday rolled around, we were able to light the jossticks, turn on the oil wheel and make the mystic signs, to welcome our Three From Me guest, The Spongeman. He arrived to spread peace and love with his latest choices, so we threw the rose petals in his path and summoned up the Cruising orchestra to provide an appropriate fanfare.

We assembled a fine playlist for our journey this week and we started our cruising at a fair speed with the Five Keys and ‘My Pigeon’s Gone’ and we followed up fast with Thurston Harris with his Aladdin 45 from 1959, ‘In The Bottom Of My Heart. So, with apologies to the Victor Silvester fanclub for not being able to give ol’ Vic a spin this week, here’s what else we managed to squeeze into the playlist:

Cruising outta town . . . . .
My Pigeon’s Gone – The Five Keys
In The Bottom Of My Heart – Thurston Harris      tee shirt - purple - if you like it now
Blockbuster – Boots Brown
Do The New Continental Walk – The Dovells
Walk Ginny Walk – Lenny Johnson
Little Egypt – The Coasters
I Ain’t Drunk – Jimmy Liggins
Seven Days Is Too Long – Chuck Jackson
Sign On The Dotted Line – Gene Latter
Let Me In – Grainne Duffy
Uptight – Georgie Fame
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out – Scrapper Blackwell

Three From Me  . . . . with The Spongeman
The Way Love Used To Be – Magnetic Morning
Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
Can’t Come Down – The Warlocks

Cruising with the volume up . . . .
New Orleans – Bern Elliott & The Fenmen
I Walk The Lonely Night – Dave & The Diamonds
Lies – The Knickerbockers
It’s A Damn Shame – Johnny Guitar Watson
Stop! In The Name Of Love – Billy Preston
Teach Me (The Philly Dog) – The Manhattans
Why Don’t You Try Me – Maurice & Mac
Go Now – Bessie Banks
Who’s Loving You – Jessica Mauboy
Pack Fair & Square – Nine Below Zero

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Israeli Twist – The J-Walkers

Cruising for home . . . .
It Ain’t Right – Little Walter
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – Zoot Money
Light My Fire – Erma Franklin
Worth Every Tear I Cry – Dee Dee Warwick
The 81 – Candy & The Kisses
Love Me Like A Rock – The Dixie Hummingbirds
No Worries – Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts
You’d Better Move – Bobby Brookes
Bloodshot Eyes – Wynonie Harris

Our good pal Johnny Alpha brought us another little gem from his impressive collection for our trip to Killer Diller Korner. Along the way, we did some time travel and genre jumping genres, which included some scratchy blues from Scrapper Blackwell and something far more current for our Girls & Guitars focus on Grainne Duffy with a track from her album ‘Test Of Time’.

We’re still adding to our gig list and one of the dates we’ve just put in the diary is for 4th October when we’re planning to be at The Admiral Hardy pub near the Cutty Sark in Greenwich for what looks like being a raucous evening of music from The Rockets and The Longdicks. Ricky from The Longdicks is one of the Cruising Crew and he was amongst those who clearly much enjoyed hearing Big Walter Price & His Thunderbirds original of ‘Pack Fair & Square’ and it was suggested that we might play the version by UK band Nine Below Zero . . . . so we did!

Sadly, all good things have to come to and end and time caught up with us in the end, although not before we squeezed in Wynonie Mr Blues Harris and his 1950 recordingof ‘Bloodshot Eyes’ (especially for Mr Merlot). Then we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week and started putting away the records and CDs. But, if you’ve enjoyed our selection of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues, then we very much hope that we’ll have some more of your good company next week, same time, same place, to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

So, until the next time . . . . have fun!



The astute, receptive and the switched on people, who tuned in to Wireless FM on Tuesday night this week, will have quickly realised that things weren’t normal in Wireless FM land. When it came time for Max’s Magic Circles, the first few words will have conveyed in subtle ways that it was not Max Quirk presiding over his usual 90 minutes of musical magic. Instead, it was The Commissioner sitting in with a playlist designed (hopefully) to keep folks from wanting to clean the budgie’s cage, or hand-wash their socks, or contact The Samaritans.

The musical choices ranged far and wide and offered a welcome reprieve from the mumbling and stumbling that came between them. But you can judge for yourself here:

For those who couldn’t believe their ears, here’s the playlist:
Image – Alan Haven
Breathalyser – The Cocktail Cabinet
Waterloo Sunset – David Bowie
She’s Got Everything – The Kinks
Monday Morning – Tales of Justine
Phantasmagoria – Curved Air
Blueberry Pie – Chamaeleon Church
Town Without Pity – Ronnie Montrose
Run Run Run – Jo Jo Gunne
Willie’s Theme – Diplomats of Solid Sound
Sweet Jane – Enrico Ruggeri
Small Town Talk – Paul Thorn
The Crying Machine – Steve Vai
All Along The Watchtower – The Buddy Miles Express
Spanish Harlem Incident – Donovan Frankenreiter
Man Of The World – Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds
Stop Messin’ Around – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
Bus Stop – Sugar Plum Fairy
Just One More Chance – The Outer Limits
All Wrong – The Perishers
Come On Back – The Wild Ones
Lie To Me – Joe Cocker
A Hard Way To Go – Savoy Brown
I’m The Face – The High Numbers
Afrodisiac – Wasa Express

. . . . and if that doesn’t appeal to you, feel free to start a petition for the return of Max Quirk  on a Tuesday night!!!

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Well, apart from the remarkably quick change from Summer to Autumn, the recent days have not been without significant events, some of them more positive than others. Here at Cruising with The Commissioner, one of the positives was undoubtedly catching the wonderful Beverley Knight this week, on stage in London for a stunning performance. Other positives have come via members of the Cruising Crew, including our good pal, The Spinmeister, who has kept us in touch with his travels across America’s Southern states. His latest travels have taken him from Louisiana and Baton Rouge on route to New Orleans with all its musical associations, Montgomery with all its civil rights history, and along the way, he rolled down the road to Mobile, heading eventually for New York. He gave us a few heavy hints about some music for the journey and we obliged, accordingly. Cruising #189

It just so happens that this week, back in 1955, Little Richard entered a New Orleans recording studio and during a lunch break, Richard started playing the piano in the bar like crazy, singing a loud and lewd version of ‘Tutti Frutti.’ With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined that classic rock ‘n’ roll phrase, ‘a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom’.

With a last minute stand in for our good pal Max Quirk on Tuesday night’s Max’s Magic Circles on Wireless FM, we were warmed up nicely for our Thursday night adventure and we got the Cruise Mobile rolling down the road with the sound of Billy Love and a long-time favourite here ‘Juiced’ and the time seemed to fly by after that, with a playlist that took us across musical frontires, in and out of time zones and jumping genres: 

Cruising out of the city . . . .Tee Shirt - Spinmeister
Juiced – Billy Love
(Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle – The Tibbs Brothers
Barefoot Suzie – Waymon Brown
Kansas City – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
If Walls Could Talk – Little Milton
Good Advice – Ko Ko Taylor
Mohair Sam – Slim Harpo
Yeah My Baby Loves Me – Dave Kip
Who’s Loving You – Dani Wilde
The Mojo – J.B. Lenoir
Sugar Sugar – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Three From Me  . . . . with Mrs TC
Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress – Raul Malo
Little Darlin’ (I Need You) – The Doobie Brothers
Best I Ever Had – Chris Isaak

Cruising in good company                           
After You – Beverley Knight
One More Chance – Shirley Lawson
Watching The Late Late Show – Don Covay
Got To Leave The City – Bush
Frustrated Woman – Freedom
Ask Me No Questions – B.B. King
Use What You’ve Got – Freddy King
Ain’t No More Room – Jasmine Kara
Stop Her On Sight – Edwin Starr

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Gopher Mambo – Yma Sumac

Cruising for home . . . .
Pictures In My Mind – The Churchills
Got Plenty Of Love – The Peeps
Just A Little Bit – The Undertakers
Shop Around – Bern Elliott & The Fenmen
Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again – Bob Dylan
Find Somebody – Donald Wilson
Baby What I Mean – The Drifters
Out To Get You – Shorty Long
Jump For Joy – Big Joe Turner

Every once in a while there comes a time when you know you’ve just got to go with the flow and the presence of Mrs TC, hovering beside me, tapping her foot and drumming her fingers, made it clear that she required me to adjust the microphone and the executive recliner to allow the return of Mrs TC with her latest Three From Me. Much appreciated in the chatroom during the show, as it happens.

We made much use of the Cruising time machine this week and we found ourselves back in 1953 for our scratchy blues track, which came from J.B. Lenoir and his much copied song ‘The Mojo’, better known as ‘Mojo Boogie’.

Our Girls & Guitars feature took us cruising with UK singer and guitarist Dani Wilde, who became a Ruf Records artist in 2007 and a member of Ruf Records’ ‘Girls with Guitars’ project. We chose a track from her 2012 album ‘Juice Me Up’, called ‘Who’s Loving You’.

Well, all too soon, the sands of time ran out for us on this week’s cruising adventure. So, as the Cruise Mobile rolled gently to a stop, we’ll set about tidying up, so we’re all ready for next week, when we’ll call by for you, same time, same place, to go Cruising with The Commissioner. So. until then . . . have fun!



Under my wheels . . . . .

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, it has been a busy week here in the Grand Duchy with plenty of friendly faces to cheer the days and some that we haven’t seen for quite a while, so it was good to catch up. Their news was definitely less tense and edgy than the international news of the day and we’ve enjoyed the updates from our good pal The Spinmeister who has embarked on a road tripping tour of American, which has so far included Nashville, Muscle Schoals, the Clarksdale crossroads, Baton Rouge and a little lingering in Memphis. Even our postman managed to brighten our days with a few very welcome deliveries that will find their way into our playlists. But, as the nights start drawing in here and the days start getting cooler, you can be sure that there’s always a warm welcome for one and all when we go Cruising with The Commissioner.
Cruising #116
Our gig list this week included an adventure down by the riverside at Richmond, where we encountered one or two of the Cruising Crew amongst a cheery crowd, who seemed decidedly in the mood for a good time with a band featuring some notable names from the UK blues circuit, including Tony Barker, Steve Simpson, Alan Savage, Eddie Masters and the irrepressible Kit Packham on sax and vocals. Their set list encouraged us to look out an album by Kit Packham’s ‘One Jump Ahead’ and a track called ‘She’s So Green’, which had a certain resonance for reasons I shall not recite here.

None of this distracted us from our regular session, rummaging in the Cruising Library in pursuit of some more great rock, soul and real rhythm and blues . . . . and we found another of those 70s music samplers, called ‘Fruity’ and issued by Warner Brothers at 99p . . . . a bargain by any standards and we proved it with three great tracks from its playlist. But we kicked off our cruise with Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns and ‘That’s What I’m Gonna Do’ and much, much more, as you can see:

Cruising out of the city . . . .
That’s What I’m Gonna Do – Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns
Pack Fair & Square – Big Walter Price & His Thunderbirds
That Ain’t My Name – Big Boy Bloater
Kansas City – Little Richard
That’s No Big Thing – Chris Farlowe
Go On & Cry – Conway Twitty
You Put The Flame On It – Charles Bradley
She’s So Green – One Jump Ahead
Crush – Sarah & The Tall Boys
Trucking My Blues Away – Blind Boy Fuller
Storm Warning – Lynn Taitt & The Comets

Three From Me  . . . . with The Shake tee OOS
Sail On Sailor – Beach Boys
Andy Warhol – David Bowie
Couldn’t I Just Tell You – Todd Rundgren

Cruising in good company
Tumbling Dice – Linda Ronstadt
Parchman Farm – Johnny Winter
I’m On My Way To Atlanta – Freddy King
Memphis – Lonnie Mack
Under My Wheels – Alice Cooper
Seventh Son – Long John Baldry
Nena – Malo
Can’t You Hear My Hearbeat – Goldie & The Gingerbreads
Ready Teddy – Buddy Holly

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
High Voltage – Jim Messina & The Jesters

Cruising for home . . . .
Beat-Nik – Jimmy Van Eaton
I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me) – Bernard Allison
Everyday I Have To Cry Some – Lattimore Brown
Travellin’ Band – Elton John
I’m Doing Fine Now – The Pasadenas
Boogaloo Down Broadway – The Fantastic Johnny C
One More Chance – Shirley Lawson
Can I Get A Witness – Dusty Springfield
The Star – Shirley Lawson
Tippity Top – The Rays
Barefoot Suzie – Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

Our Girls & Guitars feature, focused on Sarah & The Tall Boys, a band led by singer and guitarist Sarah Potenza. The band started out in Chicago and later moved base to Nashville, where they play a mix of soul, blues and alternative country. Sarah writes most of the songs for the band, including the one we chose from their 2008 debut album, “Shiny & New”. Afterwards, we did a bit of time travel back to the 1930s for a little scratchy blues. from Blind Boy Fuller. He hailed from North Carolina and lost his sight at an early age, but developed his vocal and guitar skills by studying the records of blues players like Blind Blake and the reverend Gary Davis. In 1935, he was spotted by a talent scout and got signed by ARC records to record tracks in New York City, including our choice, ‘ Trucking My Blues Away’.

The guest spot on our Three From Me spot this week was filled by our good pal, The Shake. It has been a while now since The Shake graced the environs of Cruise Control, so we were much excited when he appeared with his latest selection, with good reason too as it turned out.

Well, the sound of the rattling tin cans were a sad reminder that the sands of time had finally run out for us. So, we found ourselves parking up the Cruise Mobile for another week and rather hoping that you enjoyed our cruising playlist sufficiently to be enticed back again next week. If so, we’ll call by for you, same time, same place next week with the promise of even more rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot were quick to disappeared into the distance to organise the after show party, but before we joined them, we set about putting away the records and CDs and seeing what’s still in the pending tray for our future cruises. So, until the next time we can go Cruising with The Commissioner, this is The Commissioner saying . . .  have fun

Much too much . . . .

Posted: September 5, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, the morning mists of Autumn seem to have arrived, signalling a few predictable changes around us (although it’s potential changes elsewhere that look pretty unnerving here). So, there was something reassuringly familiar and inviting as the time came for our weekly opportunity to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Through well ordered planning and efficient application (or sheer luck), when the time came, we found ourselves with a nice pile of records and CDs featuring some great rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

Cruising #188

For those of a certain age, the sound of John Barry’s ‘Hit & Miss’ will bring back memories of the BBC TV show, Juke Box Jury, chaired by David Jacobs, who sadly passed away this week. There were many charming tributes to him and he will be remembered kindly here at Cruise Control. We also received sad news about Linda Ronstadt who revealed that she has Parkinson’s disease, which has affected her voice and, as a result, she can’t sing anymore. We have enjoyed her singing over many years and included a number of her tracks in our previous playlists and we went back into the Cruising Library to pull out some more to remind us of some of the great stuff in her catalogue.

One of the joys of the summer has been the friendly faces calling by here at Cruise Control and enjoying some relaxing moments catching up on events on the South Terrace. We were cheered by one friendly face who arrived from Oz and our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks took a break from his role as a future movie mogul to bring us another Three From Me . . . . and much enjoyed by all those in the Wireless FM chatroom during the show.

In between all this, we managed to find time to rummage in the Cruising Library for records and CDs that showcase the Immediate record label. We found plenty of examples from the mid to late 60s and once we started, we found there were too many to fit into one show . . . . so there’s another pile ready for a future show too.

Those waiting eagerly for something from Al Bowlly, may have been disappointed that we started our cruise with a couple fine pieces of rock ‘n’ roll . . . . with the sound of Chuck Berry’s ‘Maybellene’ and Eddie Cochran’s ‘Teenage Heaven’ . . . . and more:

Cruising with the top down . . . .                      Tee Shirt - Ride your dreams
Maybellene – Chuck Berry
Teenage Heaven – Eddie Cochran
Kansas City – Little Willie Littlefield
Time Is Tight – Booker T & The MGs
I’ve Just Gotta Tell Somebody – Gloria Lynne
With My Love And What You Got – Jean Wells
Heatwave – Linda Ronstadt
I Can’t Let Go – Linda Ronstadt
Europa – Kumi Adachi
Mercury Boogie – K.C. Douglas
Sucu Sucu – The Skatalites

Three From Me  . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks
Kimble The Nimble – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Falling Sugar – The Palace Guard
Girls Of Summer – David Hess

Cruising with Immediate Records
Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
The Fifth Avenue – The Bells Of Rhymney
Cara-Lin – The Strangeloves
You Can’t Buy My Love – Barbara Lynn
I’m Your Witchdoctor – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
I Feel So Good – Jo-Anne Kelly
Flapjacks – Stone’s Masonry
Out Of Time – Chris Farlowe
First Cut Is The Deepest – P.P. Arnold
Roll ‘Em Pete – The Dharma Blues Band
Lazy Sunday Afternoon – The Small Faces

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Dynamite – Rip Tide

Cruising for home . . . .
Hit & Miss – John Barry 7 plus 4
157 Riverside Avenue – REO Speedwagon
What Kind Of Man Are You – Genya Ravan
Jumping Jack Flash – Johnny Winter
Run Baby Run – The Newbeats
El Bandido – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Much Too Much – The Hollywood Flames
Big Time Operator – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

This week our girls and guitars feature threw the spotlight on Kumi Adachi from Osaka, Japan. She plays her stratocaster in a variety of styles that reflect the influences of Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and others. Indeed, if you check on You Tube, you’ll see her powerful interpretation of Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’. But, we picked another classic from her 2008 album ‘Winners’ which includes Santana’s ‘Europa’.

We did some zipping across time zones this week, including finding a little scratchy blues from 1949. It was an early homage to the American automobile, titled ‘Mercury Boogie’, written by K.C. Douglas. whilst working in a garage in Oakland, California. He recorded his version in 1949 and it was later renamed “Mercury Blues” and covered by Meat Loaf, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Alan Jackson and David Lindley. But, we found the original recording by K.C. Douglas (featuring harmonica from Sidney Maiden) and we enjoyed playing on the show.

But, even though there was plenty of road ahead and many more records to play, the sands of time eventually ran out for us on this week’s cruising adventure. So, as the Cruise Mobile rolled gently to a stop, we set about collecting up the records and CDs and putting them in those neat little piles that we always promise to file away ‘when we have a moment or two to spare’. If it all goes to plan (you can see that optimism still abounds here), we’ll have sorted most (if not all) of them in time for next week, when we’ll call by for you, same time, same place. In the meantime, why not leave us some feedback and comments here on our website. . . . . but, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!