Wouldn’t it be nice . . . .

Posted: February 18, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:
Well, the Grand Duchy has taken a fair old battering from the rain and the winds this past week and has caused us to sneak out furtively during the interludes or relative calm, but ready to rush back as the bad weather looked like returning again. But, whilst the tempest raged outside, we took the opportunity to put on the headphones and go a-sampling some new and familiar sounds, which was most relaxing and produced a whole batch of tracks that have now been added to our pending tray.

Cruising 45b Fortunately, some of the calm weather moments coincided with some social encounters with friendly faces, which proved to be thoroughly enjoyable. No gigs this week, but plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks and we’re counting down to the festival season and our return to some of our favourite events. Well, the feedback from the Cruising Crew has been quite lively lately and not without a few suggestions for our playlists.

Evidently, last week’s track by the Mississippi Sheiks was well received and their were some more suggestions that sent us rummaging in the Cruising Library to see if we could track down some of them. The spirits were with us and we discovered some good stuff indeed and we’ll share it with you over the weeks ahead.

We kicked off our cruise this week with one of the real characters of UK rock n roll, Wee Willie Harris. He was famed for his pink hair and high energy performances and he’s still going! We lined up his version of ‘Lollipop Mama and followed fast is a long time favourite from Louis Jordan, with Choo Choo Ch Boogie . . . . and the rest is here:

Cruising in good company . . . . . 
Wee willie harris Lollipop Mama – Wee Willie Harris
Choo Choo Ch Boogie – Louis Jordan
Rock Around The Clock – Hal Singer
All About Love – Garnet Mimms
Last Minute Miracle -The Shirelles
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
Elenore – The Turtles
You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice – The Lovin’ Spoonful
You Were On My Mind – Susanna Hoffs
Country Boy Down In New Orleans – Snooks Eaglin
Let Your Yeah Be Yeah – The Pioneers

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alpha
Breakin’ From A Jailhouse – The Hokum Clones

Jimi Hendrix & Wilson Pickett 1

. . . . and just who is that with Wilson Pickett?

Cruising with the crew . . . . .  
Walter’s Jump – Little Walter
Sunshine Day – Osibisa
Guajira – Santana
Race With The Devil – Gene Vincent
What Is This – David & The Embers
Spiggy Booker Back Door Jack & Me – Bob Saker
Starting The Hurt All Over Again – Brenda Holloway
Can’t Stop Now (Love Is Calling) – Tammy Montgomery
Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley Brothers
Come On Over To My Place – The Drifters
Next Time You See Me – Doug Sahm
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Wilson Pickett
I Can’t Go On – Fats Domino
Teenage Letter – Big Joe Turner

Well, we’ve enjoyed the feedback on the show and the exchanges with certain members of the Cruising Crew over the past week inspired the choice for our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature. Our spotlight fell this time on American vocalist and guitarist, Susanna Hoffs who is probably best known as a member of The Bangles. She began playing the guitar in her teens and was an early fan of classic rock bands, but became really inspired by punk rock and formed a girl group that would later become the Bangles. We chose her version of a song previously recorded by US group We Five, which became a UK hit for Crispian St Peters . . . . ‘You Were On My Mind’.

Our scratchy blues choice this week was suggested by The Vikster when she visited us last week. It came from New Orleans guitarist and singer, Snooks Eaglin, He was a bit of a legend of New Orleans music, playing in a range of styles, with some comparing his vocal style to that of Ray Charles in the 50s. The Vikster chose one of his Arhoolie recordings called ‘Country Boy Down In New Orleans’.

We managed to include some Latin rock, some rockabilly, some ‘goodtime music’, as well as some fine soul and ‘real’ R&B tracks. But, whilst the road may go on forever, our time eventually ran out and we headed for home in the company of Big Joe Turner and ‘Teenage Letter’. As we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week, we rather hoped you enjoyed our playlist and can be enticed back again next week. If so, we’ll call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place next week, wita seat saved especially for you. But, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Well TC, thanks for a good show. Certainly cheered me up. Take care xx

    • The Commissioner says:

      It’s always good to have your company when we’re on air and you stayed past your bedtime to join the party . . . . . glad you enjoyed it!

  2. The Vikster says:

    Thanks TC, great show and the end always comes around too soon.

    • The Commissioner says:

      Well, thanks for your recommendation of the ‘scratchy blues’ selection this week. We pictured you bopping to the Blues Brothers and Wilson Pickett . . . . a virtual dance party with Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes!

  3. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner

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