Archive for October, 2013

Trick or treat . . . . .

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

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Well, the recent stormy weather seemed to provide a suitably atmospheric intro to our spooky adventures for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. So,, when we called by in the Cruise Mobile, we saved a seat and one of our Halloween costumes for each of the Cruising Crew and pulled out some of the best mystic, magic and weird tracks for our creepy cruise. Our playlist was fairly dripping with spooky, mystic and magic tracks and along the way, we found our good pal Johnny Alpha, who was back in his familiar haunt, around Killer Diller Korner, with a suitably unnerving track about the activities of  the ‘Zombie’.
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We rather surprised ourselves by finding some appropriate soul sounds for Halloween, including Otis Redding with ‘Trick Or Treat’ and Wilson Pickett with ‘Mr Magic Man’. It worked well and The Cruisettes arrived in their Halloween outfits, but fortunately we’d taken the precaution of locking the broom cupboard securely. Undaunted, we started off our spooky cruise in the re-assuring company of Ray Parker Jr and the ‘Ghostbusters’ and with barely time for a shiver and tremble, we followed up with The Cadillacs and ‘Peek-A-Boo’. You can check out the rest here:

Cruising in spooky company . . . . .
Ghost Busters –  Ray Parker Jnr
Peek-A-Boo – The Cadillacs
Witchdoctor – David Seville
Do The Zombie – The Symbols
The Shadow Knows – The Coasters
Mr Magic Man – Wilson Pickett
Trick Or Treat – Otis Redding
My Baby Must Be A Magician – The Marvelettestee shirt viva
You Can Do Magic – Limmie & The Family Cookin’
The Witch Queen Of New Orleans – Redbone
How Much Love – Vixen
Crossroads – Homesick James
Suzanne Beware Of The Devil – Dandy Livingstone

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Zombie – Johnny Fever

Cruising through the mists . . . .
Satellite Of Love – Lou Reed
Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
The Spell I’m Under – The Courage Brothers
Witchy Woman – The Hollies
Strange Magic – ELO
I’m Your Witch Doctor – Them
Gonna Get My Voodoo on – Jimmy Elledge
Voodoo Voodoo – Lavern Baker

Well, there was just too much temptation as we pulled together our playlist, including our scratchy blues choice this week, which reflected the blues connotations of a little dealing with the devil. This came from Homesick James and his 1962 cover of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads Blues” . . . . . a story of dealing with the devil down at the crossroads and selling your soul for great guitar skills, but it doesn’t work for everyone . . . . as some the Cruising Crew can testify!

We ducked out from our spooky theme briefly for this week’s Girls & Guitars feature, which was in part a tribute to American rock guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, who is best known for her trademark guitar-work with girl group, Vixen. We chose a track from their 1990 ‘Rev It Up’ album, titled ‘How Much Love’ and played it by way of our tribute to Jan, who passed away earlier this month.

As the mists cleared, we found ourselves in familiar and re-assuring surroundings, as we headed for home and getting us home safe and sound from our spooky adventures was Lavern Baker and her 1958 Atlantic single ‘Voodoo Voodoo’. Then the rattling tin cans told us that the sands of time had finally run out for us on our spooky cruise. So, we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week, in the hope that  you might have enjoyed our cruising playlist sufficiently to be enticed back again next week . . . . when we’ll call by for you, same time, same place, with the promise of even more rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues.

So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

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Well, here in the Grand Duchy it’s been a week crammed with activities, due in no small measure to some long awaited re-construction work around CruiseControl, with all the associated moving, packing and inevitable re-discovery of long forgotten items. We are hanging onto the belief that it will be so much more wonderful when it’s done . . . . . but there have been many moments of doubt !!!!
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So, the prospect of good company and good music brought us to Tuesday night in good spirits and we were pleased to find some familiar faces ready to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and join us on our musical adventure. This week, our search for some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues was guided, in part, by our gig list, and the Cruise Mobile clocked up some miles this past week, as a result. On the list was a Saturday night with our good pal Max Quirk, where he pulled out some of the good stuff for the crowd and we remembered Edwin Starr’s ‘Agent Double O Soul’ for our playlist. We also got to see the great Albert Lee in the good company of Hogan’s Heroes and we decided to feature them with that old Fats Domino favourite ‘I’m Ready’.

This week, Johnny Alpha’s ‘Killer Diller Korner’ selection brought us a real soul gem from Betty Harris and we delved into the Cruising Library for a selection of our own from a 70’s double CBS sampler album called ‘Rock Buster’ . . . . and it was jammed with superb tracks and artists. But, we started our cruise with Jackie Wilson and his Brunswick 45 ‘Shake Shake Shake’  . . . . and the rest is laid out for your listening pleasure, as always:

Cruising for the country . . . . . .
Shake Shake Shake – Jackie Wilson
Monkey’s Uncle – Ray Sharpe
Sounds Like Movin’ – Sounds Incorporated     Tee shirt - sounds good
Boo-Ga-Loo Sue – Lattimore Brown
Wild Wild Young Men – Ruth Brown
I Wanna Be Loved – Ricky Nelson
Mellow Moonlight – Leon Haywood
I’ll Do A Little Bit More – The Olympics
Respect – Jennifer Batten
Shake ‘Em On Down – Doctor Ross
Money In My Pocket – Dennis Brown

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha   
Mean Man – Betty Harris

Cruising with the crew . . . .
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
She’s The One – The Chartbusters
Time Will Tell – Chris Youlden
Guess I’ll Go Away – Johnny Winter
An Awful Lot Of Woman – Skid Row
Something’s Coming On – Blood Sweat & Tears
Agent Double O Soul – Edwin Starr
I’m Ready – Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes
Don’t Lie To me – Chuck Berry
Elijah Rock – Jean Shy
Baby Boy’s In Love – Jimmy Holliday
Check Yourself Baby – Tony Allen & The Chimes
About That Girl Called Lou – The Cadillacs
Knock Knock Rattle – The Barnshakers
Vip A Dip – The Mint Juleps

Well, just in case you didn’t know, Chuck Berry was celebrating his 87th birthday this week and it happened that in our radical tidying up here this week, we came across the programme and flyer for a package show, billed as Chuck Berry’s first appearance in the UK, and your’s truly was there . . . . a good enough excuse to play something by the ‘duck walk’ man.

This time around, our Girls and Guitars feature focused on American rock guitarist, Jennifer Batten. She began to play guitar at the age of 8 when she got her first electric guitar. As she developed her guitar skills and her reputation as a  session musician and solo artist, she went on to work with Michael Jackson and as a member of Jeff Beck’s Group. We chose a track from her 1992 debut album, ‘Above Below & Beyond’ and her take on the classic soul song, ‘Respect’.

We also found time for some scratchy blues from Mississippi born one man band, Doctor Ross.  He was one of the truly original personalities on the postwar blues scene. He produced some of the most hypnotic boogie rhythms from the Mississippi Delta, including our choice, ‘Shake ‘Em On Down’.

All too soon, we noticed the sands of time are running out for us and we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home. But we cruised on home with some fine company and the sound of The Mint Juleps, with their 1956 Herald recording of ‘Vip A Dip’.

If there were plenty of tracks to your liking, then perhaps we can entice you back again next week, when we’ll call by, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you, to go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, remember . . . . have fun!

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Well, we arrived at Tuesday night in good spirits, having put in a few miles in the Cruise Mobile since we last met and enjoyed meeting up with good folks along the way. So, we brought the warmest of welcomes to one and all, which is just what you need to ward off the chill of an Autumn evening.
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We were unusually well prepared and had rolled out the Cruise Mobile ready, with a seat saved just for you. Our rummaging in the Cruising Library ensured that we had a rather fine playlist to go Cruising with The Commissioner and this week we found another of the many sampler albums that sit in the Cruising Library, called ‘What’s Happening Stateside’ with some very fine tracks and artists culled from the vaults of Capitol, Liberty, United Artists, Minit, Sue and Imperial labels.

As we settled into our shorter time slot on Tuesday nights, we we’ve been seriously wondering whether there would still be the time and enthusiasm for our Three From Me selections. So, we were really chuffed to hear this week from our good pal The Majestic, because his choices have always been most excellent and much looked forward to at Cruise Control. So, we quickly rounded up the Cruising Orchestra to provide the appropriate Three From Me welcome for The Majestic.

To get us started, we had the company of Bob and Earl and their 1957 debut release on Class records “You Made A Boo Boo”, followed by a big favourite from Big Maybelle and ‘Tell Me Who’, but see what else we found:
Cruising with the crew . . . . .                                                   
You Made A Boo Boo – Bob & Earl
Tell Me Who – Big Maybelle                                                          tee shirt - fizz it is
Seven Day Weekend – Gary ‘US’ Bonds.
Don’t Cry No More – Lucky Peterson
Do It With All Your Heart – Dee Dee Warwick
Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do – Bobby Bland
Teardrops Will Fall – Wilson Pickett
I’ve Got Enough – James Fry
Between You & I – Desiree Bassett
Don’t Start.No Stuff – Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
A Little Bit Of Soap – Jimmy Cliff
Three From Me . . . . . with The Majestic
Afflicted – O.V. Wright
I Can’t Use You – The Double Soul
You Turn Me On – The Turks

Cruising for fun . . . .
Passenger Train, Warped By The Rain – Adam Franklin & The Bolts Of Melody
Who’s That Lady – The Isley Brothers
As Long As I Have You – Garnet Mimms
Ready Willing & Able – Jimmy Holiday (with Clydie King)

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) – Galt MacDermot’s Natural Hair Band

Cruising into the sunset . . . .
Don’t Make Waves – The Byrds
Get Out – The Troopers
Standing In The Darkness – The Ethics
Keep On Loving Me – Frances Nero
Sweet Nuthin’s – Brenda Lee
Poison Ivy – Buddy Guy
It’s Love – The Hollywood Flames

This week, our girls and guitars feature put the spotlight on 21 year old American rock guitarist and singer Desiree Bassett. She leads her own band called Desirée and The Time Machine and chose a track from her 2010 album ‘A Bit Above’, where she demonstrates that she can really shred and burn in her playing, but we chose the slower and more lyrical number, ‘Between You & I’ . . . . a real treat, if you love melodic rock guitar.

We even found time for a little scratchy blues, with something by Nashville born pianist and singer Leroy Carr. He’s probably best remembered for his 1928 Vocalion recording of ‘How Long Blues’, but we picked out a side he cut with guitarist Scrapper Blackwell in 1934, called ‘Don’t You Start No Stuff’.

Well, as we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week, we were aware that although our Tuesday night cruises may be shorter that our previous adventures, it just ensures there’s even more to look forward to next week. So, if you’re around then, we’ll be happy to call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, with a seat saved for you to go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . .  have fun!

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Well, Tuesday arrived with a mild surprise, not just the midday sunshine, but because after a flurry of activity here at Cruise Control this week, we realised that it was time to pull together our playlist for Cruising with The Commissioner. As we adjusted to the new day and time slot on Wireless FM, we were comforted by knowing we were in the excellent company of The Spongeman, The Shake and The Auburn Phantom on Tuesday nights. So, we geared up and in the nick of time we were ready for the off and revving on all cylinders to keep up with them. Cruising #191

The Cruise Mobile has covered a few miles since we were last with you. We went on some weekend travelling down to Dorset. Happily the sun came with us, which was good for those in and around Bournemouth who were part of the first Bournemouth Marathon. The event proved to be exceedingly good humoured and well organised, with plenty of runners along the front, where the local beaches had attracted a few late year surfers and swimmers, enjoying a sunshine day that got up to 70 degrees.

Our rummaging in the Cruising Library turned up a few treasures this week and our girls and guitars feature, focused on Princeton born, Rory Block, who honed her craft in the company of some very notable blues and playing on clubs and coffee houses in and around California. She’s released numerous critically acclaimed albums of original and traditional songs and we took the title track from her 1995 ‘Turning Point’ album to demonstrate her great vocals and some nice slide guitar work.

But, we got things off to a flying start with Johnny Mack and his Top Cat release ‘Sugar Bee’, followed fast by one-time Flairs member, Young Jessie, and his 1956 recording for the Modern label ‘Pretty Soon’. The rest of the playlist is here:

Cruising up to speed . . . .                                                            Tee - More than a radio show
Sugar Bee – Johnny Mack
Pretty Soon – Young Jessie
Let’s Stomp – Bobby Comstock
Don’t Cry No More – Roy Head & The Traits
Cry Like A Man – Johnny Jenkins
These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding
No Time For Dreaming – Charles Bradley
Turning Point – Rory Block
You Can’t Get That Stuff No More – Tampa Red & Georgia Tom
Jamaican Ska – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
Save Me – Aretha Franklin
Seven Day Weekend – The New York Dolls
I Believe In You (Fire In My Body) – Bedlam

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
I Want You – The Fine Stuff

Cruising with friends . . . . .
Sunshine Day – Jethro Tull
Sweet Nuthin’s – Humble Pie
Spent Money – Roy Rogers
Dust My Blues – Elmore James
Drowning In A Sea Of Love – Joe Simon
My Man Is A Sweet Man – Millie Jackson
Number One In Your Heart – The Monitors
Jimmy Mack – Martha & The Vandellas
Help Wanted – The Volcanos
Git To Gittin’ – Pee Wee Crayton
Yeah Yeah Yeah – Joe Liggins
Bip Bop Bip – Pretty Boy

Our gig list this week included The Commitments on stage in London’s West End . . . . and a great night it was too. Another great night out was had at The Longdicks gig on Friday night . . . . energetic and raucious it most certainly was, with some enthused dancing and appreciation by the crowd. Ricky from the band was one of those who gave us some feedback on last week’s show, and much enjoyed The Ramones, as did others. It led to a suggestion of something by the New York Dolls, so we’ve picked out their take on a song we know well by Gary US Bonds, ‘Seven Day Weekend’.

For our dose of scratchy blues, this week, we featured one Hudson Woodbridge who learnt to play blues guitar and perfected his slide technique, as the first black musician to play a National steel-bodied resonator guitar. He took the name ‘Tampa Red’ and recorded some 90 sides with Georgia Tom, which included the classic tune ‘ You Can’t Get That Stuff No More’.

Well, not surprisingly, our new 90 minute time slot meant that all too soon the sands of time ran out for us and left us hoping that there was plenty to tantalise your musical taste buds in this first Cruising with The Commissioner on a Tuesday night. As ever, we’re pleased to have your company and you can be sure that we’ll be ready to call by for you same time same place next week to whisk you off on another adventure through some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

So till the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

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Well, there have been plenty of contacts and encounters with friendly faces during the past week. So, plenty of news of their adventures along the way and quite a few events going into the social diary that will cheer the weeks and months to come. Our musical postman has done us proud with his deliveries of CDs and 45s over the past days and seldom is heard a discouraging word from him, even when his colleagues are agitated about the imminent changes to the ownership and management of the postal-services here.Cruising 22

The Cruise Mobile has done plenty of travelling, which included a gig in the depths of Hampshire and some cruising through the North West territories where we encountered the familiar figure of that suave, debonair man about town Arfa Pinetop. He recounted tales of his music finds in the local second hand shops and made his own selection from these for his latest Three From Me.

Well, we got some very positive responses to our Nine Below Zero track last week, so we dug out another and a Ramones number that just might feature in the setlist of The Longdicks, who are on our giglist for 4th October when they’re at The Admiral Hardy pub near the Cutty Sark in Greenwich for what looks like being a raucous evening of music from the band.

Despite all this, our attentions have somewhat diverted by the expected visit of Messrs Humpit, Thumpit and Dumpit, (relocation consultants to the gentry) who are booked to help us lift and shift Thursday’s nights Cruising with The Commissioner to its new home . . . . . because, from next week, we’re moving to a new day and new time on Wireless FM. You will find us on Tuesday nights at 9 pm (UK time). We very much hope that we will have the good company of all members of the Cruising Crew on the journey, because we’ll keep a seat for everyone, as always. If anyone gets lost, they’ll be able to catch the shows on our website and on our face book page.

So, we started our last Thursday night cruise with Rudy Ray Moore and ‘Baby, That’s Why I’m Your Fool’ and we’re followed up fast with Buster Brown and his classic 1962 Fire 45 ‘Sugar Babe’ . . . . with more to come:

Cruising beyond the city limits . . . .
Baby, That’s Why I’m Your Fool – Rudy Ray Moore
Sugar Babe – Buster Brown
Cryin’ & Wonderin’ – Billy Hoke
So Many Cute Little Girls – Jackie Wilson
Say It Baby – Terry & The Tyrants
I’m Tired (aka Love Line) – Billy Watkins
I Love You So – George Perkins
Love What You’re Doing To Me – Janet & The Jays
Don’t Mess With My Man – Rita Engedalen
Drop Down Mama – Sleepy John Estes
Hi Life – Granville Williams Orchestra
Conjure Wife – Chris Youlden

Three From Me . . . . with Arfa Pinetop
No Particular Place To Go – Sammie Moore
Ford GT – Jackie & The Giants
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – Wayne Harris

Cruising with friends . . . .
Rocking Robin – Nine Below Zero
Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
Pack Fair & Square – J Geils Band
You Oughta Be Here With Me – Annette Snell
Take This Hurt Off Me – Big John Hamilton
Just One More Day – Otis Redding
Ride Like The Wind – Chris Cross
King Of The New York Streets – Dion
Glad All Over – Hush.
Raised On Margaritas – Los Pacaminos

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Morning – Susan King

Cruising for home . . . .
I’ve Just Come From The Mountain – Little Richard
Dancing Jenny – Jewel Akens
Chaquita – The Dave Clark Five
I Got To Find Me Somebody – The Vel-Vets
You Don’t Know Like I Know – Sam & Dave
You Don’t Want Me No More – Major Lance
Hey Bartender – Floyd Dixon
Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence Frogman Henry
Well, Alright Baby – Billie McAllister

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature, singled out singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rita Engedalen. She hails from Kongsberg, Norway, where she has become a sought after name in blues clubs, concerts and festivals, appearing at home and abroad with a repertoire that celebrates the women of the blues. We chose something from her 2011 album ‘Chapels & Bars’ and played her take on ‘Don’t Mess With My Man’.

Our dose of scratchy blues this week featured Mississippi born, Sleepy John Estes, who made his first recordings for Victor Records in Memphis, in 1929. We chose one of his early recordings, ‘Drop Down Mama’, which he recorded a number of times during his career and is credited as one of the roots of Led Zepplin’s repertoire.

As the familiar faces and places started coming into view, we knew we were almost home on our cruise and we arrived there safe and sound accompanied by a rather rare R&B 78 from Billie McAllister and ‘Well Alright Baby’. As we rolled to a stop, we waved our farewells and started loading all our things in the back of the Cruise Mobile for our move to our new home on Wireless FM. As we did, we very much hoped that all the Cruising Crew would be following too, because, from next week, we’ll be calling by on Tuesday nights at 9 pm (UK time) to take you Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . . have fun!

Well, if you arrived at Tuesday night at nine on Wireless FM, you might have been expecting the familiar tones of the esteemed Max Quirk. But, instead it was The Commissioner, bedecked in floral kaftan, flared velvet strides and a rather fetching hat with flowers round the rim with a pile of records for 90 minutes of fun and frolics on a Trip with The Commissioner . . . . as you can hear:

If you got to wondering where Max Quirk was at this time on a Tuesday night, be assured that he was fine, but he’s asked The Commissioner to take over this slot on Tuesday nights, while he takes a break. So, while messrs Humpit, Thumpit and Dumpit  help us lift and shift Thursday’s nights Cruising with The Commissioner to its new home, we played our selection:

Image – Alan Haven Magic Cycles
Bert’s Apple Crumble – Button Up
I Saw The Light – Todd Rundgren
One Fine Day – Shel Naylor
A Man With Money – A Wild Uncertainty
Nature’s Children – The Tangerine Zoo
The Road – Please
For Your Love – Graham Gouldman
Shapes Of Things To Come – The Sweet
Blue On Green – Booker T & The MGS
Mudbone – Santana
Not Foolish, Not Wise – The Keef Hartley Band
Baby Keep Your Love – Jimmy & The Rackets
I Count The Tears – The Searchers
Quiet Please – Lord Westbrook
The Purple Speed Queen – Curved Air
Colours In the Whites Of Your Eyes – Adam Franklin & The Bolts of Melody
Don’t Be Afraid – Rare Bird
The Train & The River – The Jimmy Guiffre Trio
The Chimes Of Freedom – New York Public Library
Here I Go Again – Kingsize Taylor
In A Place Like This – The Hi Risers
Walking In The Park – Colossium
Friday On My Mind – Lenny MacDowell
Nothing To Say – Fleur De Lys
Pin Ball – The Van Doren Hawksworth Collection

Well, if you enjoy this selection, you might like to call by on Thursday night on Wireless FM for a little Cruising with The Commissioner as we pack up for our move to our new slot on Tuesday nights from next week.