Under my wheels . . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:

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

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Thanks for a night of good tunes and good company. Really enjoyed that 3 from me by The Shake. Catch you next week.

  2. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner

    • The Commissioner says:

      The show was all the better for your Three From Me selection, Shake. Our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks would certainly enjoy Todd Rundgren and it was a welcome reprise for The Beach Boys track. Thanks muchly.

  3. Mrs TC says:

    Enjoyed the show and it was good to hear Malo again. Long time since we heard a Three From Me from The Shake and very welcome it was too, but no French tunes. Maybe next time!

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well Emp,

    A superb show. ‘Pack Fair and Square’, have you heard 9 below 0 version? Never heard Buddy Holly’s version of Ready Teddy afore and Blind Boy Fuller, excellent.

    Yes you were right Mr Bloater very good. Matt sends his thanks for his Charles Bradley request and good to hear Long John Baldry again a Kingsbury boy I believe!

    Two gripes, I found it very hurtful you playing Jill comments from our honeymoon night i.e “That’s No Big Thing” and bloody Reg Dwight he certainly knows how to ruin a good track .

    Two pleas Creedence Clearwater and Bern Elliot and the Fenmen


    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      Thanks for the feedback, even if Mr Dwight may have expected a B+ rather than a C- for his work.
      Message received about CCS and (local lad) Bern Elliott, who hailed from nearby Blackfen, hence ‘The Fenmen’.

      It was a real treat to re-discover the sampler album with that Long John Baldry track and get to play the Blind Boy Fuller number too. One of the joys of doing this show is getting the leads to other good stuff, which is how I found that early Johnny Winter track . . . . . until then, I had ‘The Progressive Blues Experiment’ as his earliest work.



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