Casting my spell on you . . . . .

Posted: October 28, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, the nights are definitely drawing in and there’s a distinct chill in the evening air around the Grand Duchy . . . all the right ingredients for Halloween and a suitably atmospheric intro to our spooky adventures for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. Cruising #218So, when we called by in the Cruise Mobile, we were all wearing our Halloween costumes and our playlist was fairly dripping with spooky, mystic and magic tracks. Along the way, we found our good pal Johnny Alpha, who was back in his familiar haunt, around Killer Diller Korner, with a suitably spooky track for our revels.

But, we were distracted from the anticipation of Halloween, by the sad news of the passing of two people who both leave their mark on modern music. We heard of the passing of Alvin Stardust, or as he was known to an earlier generation Shane Fenton. So, we paid tribute to him, as Shane Fenton with a rather suitable track for our spooky theme . . . . ‘It’s Gonna Take Magic’. We also said a sad farewell to Jack Bruce, who, as well as a later solo career, was previously a member of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann and Cream, amongst others. We remembered him with his version of ‘Neighbour Neighbour’.

We rolled by in the Cruise Mobile this week with a very spooky welcome and showing off in our Halloween costumes. We pulled together a playlist fairly dripping with spooky, mystic and magic tracks this week, kicking off with the Ted Taylor Four and the suitably titled ‘Cat’s Eyes’. You can check out the rest here:

Cruising into the shadows . . . .Kate Meehan
Cats Eyes – The Ted Taylor Four
Casting My Spell On You – Johnny Otis
Haunted House – Jumpin’ Gene Simmons
Peek-A-Boo – The Cadillacs
Witches Brew – Janie Jones
The Shadow Knows – The Coasters
Witchcraft (For Your Love) – The Temptations
Spooky – Classics IV
Jack the Ripper – Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages
Night Of Fear – The Move
Black Cat – Kate MeehanJack Bruce
My Baby Must Be A Magician – The Marvelettes
Trick Or Treat – Otis Redding
Love In A Cemetery – Lord Kitchener

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Sleepy Hollow – The Last Word

Cruising with the ghostbusters . . . . .
It’s Your Voodoo Workin’ – Charles Sheffield
The Supernatural – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
Neighbour Neighbour – Jack BruceKokomo Arnold
I Ain’t Superstitious – Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds
Old Black Cat Blues – Kokomo Arnold
Trick Or Treat – Chuck Berry
Creepin’ Up On You – Status Quo
It’s Gonna Take Magic – Shane Fenton & The Fentones
Voodoo Mademoiselle – September Jones
Devil With A Blue Dress On – Shorty Long
Voodoo Voodoo – Mike Sanchez & His Band (with Imelda May)
Ghost Busters – Ray Parker Jnr

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature had a suitable Halloween theme too. We turned our focus on Australian singer, pianist and guitarist, Kate Meehan. She was born in Hobart, Tasmania and learnt to play the guitar during her schooldays. After busking around Adelaide for a few years, she got a real taste for Chicago blues as a member of the Fabulous Blues Cats, and went on to record her first album in 1998 as the Kate Meehan Blues Band. But since Halloween would be complete without the mystic presence of a black, we chose a track from her 2002 album titled ‘Soulshaker’ called ‘Black Cat’.

A black cat was also featured in our scratchy blues selection, which came from American bluesman, Kokomo Arnold. He was born in Georgia and developed a left-handed slide guitar style with distinctive rapid-fire vocals. He recorded a total of 88 sides, and on January 15, 1934 he was in Chicago to record a song for Decca Records called ‘Old Black Cat Blues’.

The Cruisettes were in evidence in their Halloween costumes and encouraging some dangerous dancing to ward off the spooky spirits, but all too soon our witching time ran out and headed for home from our spooky adventures in the company of Ray Parker Jr and the ‘Ghost Busters’. But there’s always next week, when we can swing by in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner, remember . . . . have fun!

Comments
  1. The Spongeman says:

    Nice on TC 🙂

  2. The Vikster says:

    Strange forces are at work today and all systems are down. Glad I have the Halloween special show on podcast. Spooky!

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Enjoyed the Halloween show and found one track really horrific ……..John Mayall !!!!

    All the best

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