Almost but not quite there . . . .

Posted: March 11, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:
 Well, here in the Grand Duchy, the spring sunshine has given us a glimpse of summer and helped us to keep positive, despite the current events. Watching events unfold was a reminder of a much esteemed colleague who once said, with a distinctly cynical view of the world, “leaders are like tea bags, you only know their true strength when they get into really hot water”. Seems about right!
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Be assured, we have not been distracted from what we call our ‘normal routines’, which this week included some extra deep digging into the dark corners of the Cruising Library and we didn’t come out empty handed. As a result, there was more than few juicy gems in our playlist , along with a few anniversaries and birthdays that inspired some other choices this week, including Mary Wilson, Kikki Dee, Arthur Lee and Eddie Grant.

We ran into The Spinmeister during the week and he was on top form. He’s always good for a tale or two about London’s East end music scene in the 60s and more besides. There’s a good chance that we’ll persuade him to return to Cruise Control to give us some more Three From Me selections, but he seems busier than ever these days. We also had the unexpected delight in the week of hearing from Johnny Alpha with news of his latest Killer Diller Show. Fine stuff indeed and you can find it here:     As ever, a feast of tasty treats and, not to be outdone, when Tuesday rolled around, we got up to full cruising speed with a slice of rocking R&B from Delbert McClinton and we had plenty more in store, as you can hear:

Cruising with friends . . . . Luke Bowman
Lipstick, Powder & Lace – Delbert McClinton
Teenagers – Tabby Thomas
Pack Fair & Square – Big Walter Price
Louella – Marcia Ball
Come & Get These Memories – Mary Wilson
The Day Will Come Between Sunday and Monday – Kiki Dee
Wishing Well – Cherie Currie & Marie Currie
Honey Won’t You Allow Me One More Chance – Bob Dylan
Fishin’ Blues – Henry Thomas
Never Enough – Luke Bowman
See Emily Play – Super Tough

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alpha
I Feel For You – Jerry Reed

Cruising where we please . . . . .Neicie
Typical Chick – Niecie
Alone Again Or – Love
Almost But Not Quite There – Traffic Jam
Sunshine Avenue – Smokie
You’ve Got What I Want – The Paramounts
Baby Come Back – The Equals
Brand New Cadillac – Vince Taylor & The Playboys
That’s Love – Billy Fury & The Four Jays
Just A Little Bit Of Your Love – The Fortune Tellers
Come On Back Jack – Nina Simone
Excusez Moi, Mon Cherie’ – The Blues Brothers Band
Shake With The Shake – Don Covay
My Baby – Chuck Willis
Route 90 – Clarence Garlow
Shout – The Isley Brothers

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The spotlight of our Girls & Guitars feature this week was on singer/songwriter, guitarist and actress Cherie Currie. In the 70’s, at age of 15, she joined the Los Angeles, all girl group, The Runaways and went on to become a solo artist and teamed up with her identical twin sister, Marie Currie to record an album for Capitol Records in 1980. The album was called ‘Messin With The Boys’ and it was one of those tracks that we chose . . . . ‘Wishing Well’.

Our Scratchy Blues choice this week was a song by the much-covered Henry Thomas. We’ve played him before on the show and it was his song, ‘Bull Doze Blues’, that was the origin of Canned Heat’s ‘Goin’ Up The Country’. But, we picked a song of his that has been covered by The Lovin’ Spoonful, Taj Mahal and others. . . . it was Henry Thomas and ‘Fishin’ Blues’.

All too soon, it seemed we ran out of time on our cruise, even if we didn’t run out of road or good music.. So, if you enjoyed our playlist, we very much hope you’ll be around when we call by for you, same time, same place next week, with a seat saved especially for you in the Cruise Mobile. In the meantime, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Big thanks for Henry Emp a wonderful track. I think that may well of been recorded in 1926, but would not dare challenge the Font!

    If you play “Pack fair and square ” by 9 Below do try and get hold of their early live version recorded at The Marquee I think , it’s them at their rawest excellent .

    Marcia Ball another name new to me brilliant.

    I saw Kiki Dee , The Rev Paul Jones , Carlene Carter and Brian Protheroe in a very good musical many years ago “Pump Boys and Dinettes ”

    Loved “The Happy Wanderer” intro. Many years ago when the wonderful land of Brent had a music library (which was later to become “The Pinetop Collection”), I returned from one of my “Torchtime” meetings and managed to get 3 elderly people to join me in a rendition of that much played “Uncle Macs ” tune.

    Loved the “See Emily play ”


    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      You may well be right about the date of Henry’s track. I wasn’t at all sure.

      Wilco on Nine Below Zero and I will have to find you some more Marcia Ball material.

      Your enthusiasm for Mr Jones’ contributions will be repaid next week and I’m sure you will get your reward somewhere!!!

      Off to a weekend festival of country music . . . . . maybe I’ll see you there!



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