Just like that . . . .

Posted: July 22, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

There’s been plenty to occupy our attentions this week . . . . things to finish off and things to start, including a trip to Portugal. So, this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner show was prepared earlier, held together with string and tape and broadcast with the expert assistance of our good pal The Spongeman at the controls.Cruising #122

There were a few loose ends from last week. If your attentions were not diverted during last week’s show, then you’ll remember that we played Bill & Will’s ‘Goin’ To The River’ and we said we would look out the version by UK band The Cheynes . . . . and ever true to our word . . . . we did just that! We also followed up on last week’s scratchy blues choice ‘Crosscut Saw’ with the 60s version by Albert King. We also found two Adam Franklins in the Cruising Library . . . . so we played something from both of them.

We got the very sad news this past week of the passing of the great Johnny Winter, who has made frequent appearances on our playlists. So, paid tribute to him with a couple of tracks . . . . firstly his 1967 recording of ‘Parchman Farm’ and we played out with his version of the Frankie Lee Sims classic ‘She Likes To Boogie Real Low’.

We remembered that it was guitarist Mike Bloomfield who spotted Johnny Winter and introduced him to US Columbia Records, which got him signed by then with a record fee. So, we kicked off our cruise with the self same Mike Bloomfield leading the Electric Flag and a Howlin’ Wolf classic ‘Killing Floor’ . . . . and it all rolled on from there . . . .

Cruising where we please . . . . .Parchman Farm
Killing Floor – The Electric Flag
I Take What I Want – James & Bobby Purify
It Should Have Been Me – The Fins
Humdrum Blues – Oscar Brown Jnr
Just Like That – Al Little
Do It If You Wanna – The Flares
Goin’ To The River – The Cheynes
Parchman Farm – Johnny Winter
Crosscut Saw – Albert King
I Got You Babe – Angel’in Heavy Syrup
Get Your Ya Yas Out – Blind Boy FullerSetting Suns
Save The Roach For Me – Adam Franklin
The Way Love Used To Be – The Setting Suns
Drifter – Dennis Walks & The Rhythm Rulers

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
I Won’t Let You Go – The Blues Busters

Cruising through the outskirts of town . . . .
Shadows & Reflections – Eddie Hodges
Pictures Of Lilly – The Who
All Day & All Of The Night – Status QuoDollar Bill
Chimes Of Freedom – New York Public Library
Good Times – Bern Elliott & The Klan
You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover – Ray Anton & The Peppermint Men
You Don’t Want Me No More – Major Lance
Headline News – Edwin Starr
I Don’t Care Who Knows – Koko Taylor
Iko Iko – Dr John
Shake Your Hips – Dollar Bill & His One Man Band
She Likes To Boogie Real Low – Johnny Winter

This week we were doubly grateful to The Spongeman for pointing us to our Girls & Guitars choice, which focused on Japanese all girl rock band, Angel’in Heavy Syrup. We took a familiar song from their second album released in 1993 and their take on the Sonny & Cher hit ‘I Got You Babe’. Meanwhile, our venture into the realm of scratchy blues turned up a song by Blind Boy Fuller that inspired the title of a Rolling stones album . . . . called ‘Get Your Yas Yas Out’.

In the end, we arrived back safe and sound from our cruise and parked up the Cruise Mobile in the hope that we’ll have some more of your good company next week. . . . . when we’ll call by for you in the Cruise Mobile . . . same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    The one night you’re not around . . . .and I get to join the chatroom and listen “live”.

    Anyway, you’re missing the fun!

  2. Damon says:


    Have a great time in Portugal.

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Dear Mr Emp

    I thought the original “I got you Babe ” was bad enuff the Japanese version was much worse ! Whatever next Yoko Ono’s cover of the Red Beans and Rice “Hey there Wild Wind”.

    Blind Boy Fuller and Adam Franklin lovely my I draw your attention to Pokey Le Farge and the South City 3 modern purveyors of similar sounds, super harp player in the band.

    Bern Elliot, Ray Anton all lovely stuff. As for Mr Hodges he should stick to the ARP , and The Setting Suns roll on nightime!

    Glad to see Ko Ko found employment after the closure of Billy Smart’s Circus . . . great track.

    As for the late great Mr Winter you must of struggled for a choice of record so much wonderful stuff to choose from. Maybe for the future a track from the great “Hard Again ” produced by him for Muddy Waters .I
    read this week that the Stones wrote “Silver Train ” for /in honour of him?

    Iko Iko the Dixie Cups hit in England?

    Off to the Perth Delta next week on my annual search for anything by
    Alex Harvey , and a few winners

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, I thought that version of ‘I Got You Babe’ would attract your attentions and test your creative writing skills . . . . and you came up trumps!

      Thought Bern Elliot, Blind Boy Fuller and Adam Franklin would find favour with you and we’ll go looking for Pokey Le Farge and the South City 3 for more of the same.

      There’s not much around by Ray Anton, but I’ve always loved the track we played and if you come across any other stuff, please let me know.

      We did play a Muddy Waters track from ‘Hard Again’ recently and we won’t forget the others. But, you’re right, we were spoilt for choice with the late great Mr Winter and (as much as it’s hard to admit) you’re right about Iko Iko . . . . It was a hit for the Dixie Cups.

      Enjoy, Perth and keep a look out for any Aussie music too!

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