The journey continues . . . .

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the sun had his hat on in the Grand Duchy this past week, between the showers, and we suffered a little of the sand storm that wafted by. But, we have made the most of the sunshine with some ‘quaffing and scoffing’ on the South terrace, with the Cruise Control wine cellar offering up some fine pink fizz and more. We kept some for Tuesday night, when The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot were on hand to celebrate the third anniversary of Cruising with The Commissioner. Cruising 23

The Cruise Mobile has travelled many miles, since we started our weekly cruising, and we’ve played some extraordinarily good rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues along the way, together with many welcome guests. The memories linger on of the planning, direction and technical preparation before we set off on our very first Cruising with The Commissioner show. In the event, it all seems to have gone well, but we keep The Samaritans’ number handy, just in case!

Over the years we’ve had some great guests on the show and our very first guest on our first show was our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks. Now, when he knew it was our anniversary show, he was lightening quick to return with another of his Three From Me selections and some kind words for our celebrations. Johnny Alpha’s Killer Diller Korner has become a fascinating weekly dip into his vast and valuable record collection and we really look forward to our encounters.

So, we set off this week for a celebratory adventure in the Cruise Mobile and encouraged everyone to throw caution to the wind and jump aboard, as we launched ourselves down the road in the company of Hank Ballard and the very first track played on our very first show, suitably titled ‘Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go’ . . . . .youngbloods

Cruising down the highway . . . 
Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go – Hank Ballard
That’s What You’re Doing To Me – The Dominoes
Hold On – The Radiants
I Can’t Help Myself – Donnie Elbert
Gotta Have Your Love – The Sapphires
Talk To Me – Little Willie John
Smooth Sailing (From Now On) – The Temptations
You Need To Be With Me – Susan Tedeschi
That Won’t Do – Arthur Petties
Darkness Darkness – The Youngbloods

Three From Me  . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks Fun & Games
Trouble No More – The Allman Brothers
Fire Engine – 13th Floor Elevators
I’m Not A Bad Guy – Heinz

Back on the highway . . . .
Watching The River Flow – Bob Dylan
Number Nine Train – Tarheel Slim
Lazy Day – Tinkerbell’s Fairydust
Shadows & Reflections – The Action
A Dream For Julie – Kaleidoscope

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alphabonnie dobson
Speaking Of Happiness – Gloria Lynn

Cruising for the distant lights . . . . .
Morning Dew – Bonnie Dobson
It Must Have Been The Wind – The Fun & Games
Too Many Tears – Miles Stone
Tippety Top – The Rays
No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry

Now, our Girls & Guitars feature has been a recent addition to our playlists, but even back in 2011 when we started, we included a number on our playlist that most certainly would have qualified. So, to prove the point, we pulled it out of the Cruising Library again and presented Susan Tedeschi and ‘You Need To Be With Me’.

Another, more recent feature on our cruising adventures has been our rummaging amongst the scratchy blues tracks in the Cruising Library. Whilst we had some celebrated blues tracks on our first playlist, they were definitely not as scratchy as our choice this week, which came from Arthur Petties . . . . a country blues guitarist and singer from Mississippi, who recorded only six sides in his career and our choice was one he recorded in 1930 for Brunswick Records in Chicago. This was ‘That Won’t Do’.

Well, all too soon, we ran out of time on our anniversary show and heading for home. But not before we offered a big thanks to all those who helped to get us up and running and have contributed to our cruises over the past three years. That we’re still going may have surprised a good many folks, including us, but it has been fun and we’ve discovered plenty of good music along the way. So, we thanked Wireless FM, our many guests and to all the members of the Cruising Crew for their support and good company, as we’ve meandered through some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. All being well, we’ll be back again next week, same time, same place, with the Cruise Mobile all tuned up and a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . have fun!


  1. The Spongeman says:

    Top Stuff TC here’s to many more years Cruising!!!!

  2. the shake says:

    Congratulations on a third anniversary Commissioner. And what a fine show it was. An excellent three from that moustache wearing Leyton Rocks and a great psych section in the middle. All in all a ‘tippity top’ offering.

  3. The Vikster says:

    Loved Johnny Alpha’s comment about the Gloria Lynn track being one to drink gin to 🙂

  4. Ta muchly. It was fun having DJ Leyton Rocks and Johnny Alpha along for the cruise and some tracks from our first show’s playlist. Good to know it met your high standards. 🙂

  5. Arfa Pineop says:

    Great stuff Emp .

    Loved that Number 9 number. I wonder if that’s where Mr Anstell got the name from? However, as for Tinkerbell’s Fairy Dust, it didn’t PAN out for me so went back to play in my WENDY house until they slung their HOOK!

    Well I would of lost me pension if asked who wrote “Morning Dew ” I thought it was Tim Rose his version had slightly different lyrics ,a particular good version dun by Lulu.

    Might of mentioned this afore but 9 Below 0 do an excellent version of “I can’t help myself ” on their live recording at the Marquee

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Tim Rose rewrote the opening line to Morning Dew, with permission from Bonnie Dobson . . . . so you wouldn’t lose all your pension!

      The 9 Below Zero album at the Marquee rests on a shelf in the Cruising Library and will doubtless get revisited again soon. Of course there may be a little dust! 🙂


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