Do anything you wanna do . . . .

Posted: December 2, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, around the Grand Duchy, it’s difficult not to recognise that we’re on the count down to the festive season and the invitations to contribute to the economic revival are seemingly endless. But, you’ll know this for yourself, already. We  have taken the hint and pulled out the festive decorations from deep storage to adorn Cruise Control, while The Cruisettes were selecting their favourite festive outfits. But, it didn’t keep them from stopping by for a shake and shimmy once we embarked on this week’s Cruising with the Commission.

The week has been jammed with encounters with lots Cruising #198of friendly faces and it has felt really good. It also included discovering new members of the Cruising Crew, including the good folks at Totally Fuelled, many of whom gave us a good number of suggestions for our playlist.

While we out on the town, we caught up with a couple of long awaited acts on our giglist and we kicked off our musical adventure with ‘Jump The Joint’ from Eugene Hideaway Bridges (who was one of those on our gig list) and later we featured Micky Moody, who was another we saw on stage . . . and very good he was too.

We heard from our good pal Johnny 99 this week and he happens to share an enthusiasm for Eddie & The Hot Rods with the very genial Bob, who spent several days this week helping to refurbish Cruise Control. So we thought we’d include their classic ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ . . . . and lots more . . . . .

Cruising for the border . . . . . Becky Barksdale
Jump The Joint – Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Do Anything You Wanna Do – Eddie & The Hot Rods
If I Could Only Be Sure – Button Up
Pictures Of Matchstick Men – Status Quo
Under My Thumb – Del Shannon
Paint It Black – Chris Farlowe
Gimme Shelter – Paul Brady & The Forrest Rangers
Going Back To Texas – Becky Barksdale
Stop The Wedding – Zoot Money & The Big Roll BandJimmy Sedlar
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Jesse Malin

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Shorty’s Got To Go – Jimmy Sedlar

Cruising where we please . . . . . 
Up The Line – Little Walter
Let’s Take Our Love – The Ashes
I Can’t Keep From Crying – The Blues Project
Try A Little Love – Sam Cooke
Pretty Thing – Micky MoodyThe Ashes
Three Cool Cats – Lil Cliff & The Cliffhangers
It Takes Two – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
I Found Out – Sam & Dave
Everyday I Have To Cry Some – Steve Alaimo
Rock & Roll Fever – Willie Egans
Go Away With Me – Hollis Dixon & The Keynotes
Put On My Shoes – Mary Ann Fisher
She Loves To Rock – Cornell Gunter & The Flairs

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature had its spotlight falling on American blues singer and guitarist Becky Barksdale. She hails from Port Arthur, Texas, and started playing guitar at the age of twelve, and by the age of sixteen, she was gigging and gaining a reputation for her vocal style, which some say has traces of Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin, while her guitar playing brings some hints of Texas bluesman, Freddie King. We chose a self penned song from her first album in 1999, ‘Real Live’ and ‘Going Back To Texas’.

Now, we flouted our own conventions this week with something that barely qualifies as scratchy blues, since it comes from 1963. So, with due apologies to the fundamentalists, we picked a Checker 45 from Little Walter and it may be the only track where he recorded with horns . . . this was ‘Up The Line’.

But, all too soon, our time ran out and we still had plenty of great music in the pending tray. So, we reluctantly turned for home and travelled back in style with Cornell Gunter & The Flairs and ‘She Loves To Rock’ and whoever she is . . . . we were with her! We arrived back safe and sound and parked up the trusty Cruise Control for another week. So, ‘til the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . Have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    What a top show Commissioner enjoyed every track. The Del Shannon LP “Home and Away”, is great.

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 🙂

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well a superb show Emp and very nearly getting maximum points from YT. However, ‘Stop the Wedding’, stop the turntable! As for the Blues Project, never was there a more apt title, certainly had me in tears. But the rest great!

    Never heard that Del Shannon track afore, super, the girl guitarist too and Mickey Moody he’s on my to see list. Powerful stuff.

    I do love that Farlowe track. All those gypsy violins remind me of nights out in the Town Hall car park and eviction notices on Fryent Way.

    Was amazed that Quank Frigg was a Quo fan. Always thought he was a jazzer.

    Keep a-rockin’

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, thanks for the kind words and it seems we were in good company, because we enjoyed it too . . . . which is reassuring since we only include the music we like! The Blues Project remain much esteemed after many years (much like your good self), although I suspect they had fewer adventures in the Town Hall car park than you!

      There’s plenty more good stuff by Del Shannon and it’s sad that we never got to see him as one of the Travelling Wilbury’s (as the successor to Roy Orbison).

      Thought the ‘lad’ Mark had stopped enough weddings to appreciate that Zoot Money track and it seemed to go down well outside the Northern Territories. As for ‘dab hand’ Frank’s choice . . . . I think it’s a Quigg Pro Quo !!!!

      We’ve found that Gracie Fields song you mentioned . . . . so wait and see!!!!

      In the meantime, have fun!

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