Enjoy yourself . . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, it is that time of year when the bonfires have burnt out, the fireworks have finally stop (although reluctantly for some) and we have paid our very respectful thanks to those who fought and fight for our freedom. Amidst all this, there have been building works around Cruise Control, which, not untypically, look like proving longer and more costly to complete. So, we might be clearing up just in time to put up the Xmas decorations, but this week we took to heart the message from Prince Buster ‘Enjoy Yourself (While You’re Young)’.Cruisin' 70

To provide a distraction from the boxes, dust sheets and general disarray at Cruise Control, we took a welcome jaunt around the local record shops and, although not as fruitful as other occasions, we did come back with a handful of vinyl that made good company for some other treats that arrived via our musical postman. So, the days were cheered and we arrived at Tuesday night with the Cruise Mobile polished and primed, all ready for another adventure through some of the best of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm & blues. Indeed, we set off with some squeals from the wheels in the company of Johnny Mabara and ‘Looka Looka Looka’, followed closely by Buddy Lamp and his 1961 Peanut single ‘Have Mercy Baby’ and you can see what came next:

Cruising down the highway . . . .
Looka Looka Looka – Johnny Mabara
Have Mercy Baby – Buddy Lamp
Where’s My Money – Willie Jones
But You – Little Grier
Looking Back – Johnny Guitar Watson
The Night The Angels Cried – Johnny DynamiteTee Shirt 6
Donald Wilson – Find Somebody
You’re Not My Kind – Paula Durante
Love’s Like A Quicksand – Sandy Wynn
Sorrow – The Prissteens
Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker
Enjoy Yourself (While You’re Young) – Prince Buster
Outrage – Booker T & The MGs

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Ha Lese Le Di Khanna – The Nu Life
Cruising in good company . . . .
Green Tambourine – Status Quo
Poor Little Heartbreaker – Timebox
Sorry She’s Mine – The Small Faces
One Fine Day – Shel Naylor
Steamroller – Merry Clayton
Don’t Do It – Saffire
Never Make Your Move Too Soon – Bonnie Raitt
Topsy ’65 – The Mustangs
Bad Man Of Missouri – Jimmy Ricks & The Suburbans
Incense – The Anglos
Oh Mom (Teach Me How To Uncle Willie) – The Daylighters
I Don’t Want To Sit Down – O.V. Wright
Lillie Mae – The Good Fellas
I’ll Do It – Shirley & Lee

There were birthdays for Booker T Jones and Bonnie Raitt this week and so we pulled something from each of them from the Cruising Library. We decided on ‘Outrage’ by Booker T & The MGs and we pulled out Bonnie Raitt’s 1995 album ‘Road Tested’ and we chose her live version ‘Never Make You Move Too Soon’, which is made rather special by including Kim Wilson and Charles Brown.

We featured some Britbeat, some popcorn and a few blues tracks in our playlist, including a bit of blues history, in the form of John Lee Hooker’s 1948 debut recording for Modern Records, ‘Boogie Chillun’.

Our Girls & Guitars selection this week was suggested by The Vikster and pointed us to New York-based band The Prissteens. Indeed, they’re over qualified for inclusion, because they have two girl guitarists, in the shape of Tina Canellas and Leslie Day. We picked a track from their 1998 debut album, ‘Scandal, Controversy & Romance’, and a song also recorded by The McCoys, The Merseybeats and David Bowie, ‘Sorrow’.

All too soon, we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home and with Shirley & Lee in our ears, we arrived back safe and sound from another musical adventure and very much hoping that there were plenty of tracks to your liking in our playlist selection. If there were, 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, just so you can go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner, you were on fire and the Shake Shack was jumping.Spot-on.

  2. Damon says:

    Top stuff Commissioner. Thanks.

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Just finished listening to the last 2 shows Emp ,

    Maria Muldour excellent. Is that same gal who recorded Midnight at the Oasis ?

    Picked up a nice compilation last week “This is Charley R n B ” which boasts on the sleeve “Limited Edition Sampler £3.99 !!! ” Full of good stuff, especially a live version of “Look at Little Sister” by Hank Ballard and co. and Freddie King’s “Hide Away”

    All the best Emp. Off to the Rome Delta Tuesday, hoping to see that classic girl trio Three Hail Maries!

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      Maria Muldour . . . . yes, that’s the gal!

      Picked up that Charly RnB sampler in similar circumstances some years back and it has some great tracks for sure.

      Don’t forget, if you pass the Trevi fountain, grab those three coins and stop any more crooners going on about them!

      Have fun!


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