Don’t look back . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the night skies around the Grand Duchy have been filled with fireworks these past days and the smell of wood-smoke has been in the air to create the appropriate atmosphere for November 5th. It always seems strange that we continue to mark such a distant event, where a disaffected group attempted to blow up the seat of government. But, it has established itself in the social calendar and we added to the event with a special invitation to go Cruising with The Commissioner.
Cruising #195
The week has been pretty busy here, with some reconstruction works around Cruise Control and a giglist that brought some great music and good company. This past week brought us a particular joy in the shape of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and an excellent show it was from start to finish. It even inspired a few choices for our playlist, including their take on ‘Flatfoot Sam’, with vocals and piano from one-time member of the Rhythm Kings, Mike Sanchez . . . .  who is on our giglist soon, when he next appears in London. Our gig list also included a rather good show, full of music by Queen and it encouraged us to dig out a copy of ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ by a guy called Orion (otherwise known as Jimmy Ellis), which sounded very much like ‘the King doing Queen’!

Also in town this past week was Maria Muldaur and we were very pleased that she was on our giglist, because she gave us some outstanding blues and R&B during the evening, which we tried to reflect with our playlist choice of her take on that Sugar Pie DiSanto number ‘Soulful Dress’.

We heard from our good pals Johnny Alpha, The Vikster, Arfa Pinetop and Phil Tyler and you may just detect their guidance and advice in some of the choices in subsequent playlists, but we hit the highway on our Cruise this week with a nice piece of New Orleans R&B from Tommy Ridgley and his 1950 Imperial release ‘Boogie Woogie Mama’ and then we were rolling well . . . . as you can see:

Cruising for fun . . . .
Boogie Woogie Mama – Tommy Ridgley
Ain’t I Talking To You Baby – Saturday Night Fish Fry      tee shirt 8b
Knock Knock Rattle – Rex Allen
Flatfoot Sam – Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings
(I Got) All You Need – Koko Taylor
Same Time, Same Place – Button Up
Headline News – Edwin Starr
Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby – The Toys
Green Door – The Cramps
Watch Your Step – Bobby Parker
Don’t Look Back – Keith & Tex
No Smoke Without Fire – James Hunter
Fire Brigade – Roy Wood
Rocket To the Moon – Colin James

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Too Much Fire Water – Lorenzo Smith

Cruising for the city lights . . . .
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Orion
Light My Fire – Chet Lott
Jumping Jack Flash – Aretha Franklin
Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) – Blues Motel
I Ain’t Got You – Jimmy Reed
Soulful Dress – Maria Muldaur
So Tired (Of Running Away From Love) – Willie Hightower
A Great Big Thing – Barbara Brown
Fools Love – C.L. Blast
At The Top Of The Stairs – The Formations
Three Alley Cats – Roy Hall & His Jumping Cats
Let Me Know, Let Me Know – Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker

We turned our ‘Girls & Guitars’ spotlight on Cramps member, Kirsty Wallace (aka Poison Ivy). She’s built a reputation for her guitar work and boasts an impressive range of vintage guitars that might make the guitar buffs drool. But, we pulled out a track from the 1998 Cramps album, ‘Psychedelic Jungle’, where Kirsty and the rest offer their version of the old 50s favourite ‘Green Door’.

We paused on our cruise this week for a bit of blues history, which reflected the sad news of the passing this past week of blues guitarist and singer, Bobby Parker. He grew up in Los Angeles and by the 50s, was playing with various R&B bands and some very notable artists, as well as a stint working with Paul ‘Hucklebuck’ Williams’ band, who were the house band at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. He recorded his signature hit single “Watch Your Step” in 1961, which we played with respectful thanks for his contribution to the music we love. The song has been much covered since and is claimed to have inspired the riffs for The Beatles “I Feel Fine” and “Daytripper”.

All too soon, we found ourselves running out of time, before we ran out of music or road. But, we turned for home in the Cruise Mobile and rolled gently to a stop, as we parked up all ready for next week’s adventure. So, if you enjoyed this week’s cruise, perhaps we can call by for you, same time, same place, next week with a seat saved especially for you to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner, i loved the Roy Hall track WOW! Top stuff all round comrade.

  2. The Commissioner says:

    Ta muchly

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