Got to leave the city. . . . .

Posted: September 19, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

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!



  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Thanks for another good night of tunes. Hope you have a good week. Catch you same place same time next week.

  2. Damon says:

    I love this radio show. It’s so awesome.

  3. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner, see you next week.

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    I certainly won’t be visiting the city till BUSH have left it . . . . and the mention of JM ugh!!! Apart from that superb show Emp ta for Bern Elliot and Creedence.

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Glad you enjoyed the show. I enjoyed rounding some of the gems in the playlist, including that Bern Elliott & The Fenmen track, which came from a 6 track EP that may be worth a bob or two these days . . . . but you’d know better than me!

      I trust your visits to the city will have resumed by 5 October (if the restraining order has elapsed), especially if you want to catch Chantel McGregor for her London gig.



      P.S. Must dig out my copy of ‘Crusade’ and that tribute to J.B. Lenoir that you mention so often.

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