Drive . . . .

Posted: January 27, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, the chill of the past days in the Grand Duchy has been much cheered by some very welcome social encounters. As you’ll know by now, we do enjoy good company, especially on our weekly cruising adventures and, looking at where we went this week, we made very good use of our ‘cross boundary music visa’ , doing some sharp turns and detours along the way.
Cruising #2010
It seemed that this past week was pretty full of significant birthdays and anniversaries and we tried to squeeze in a few along the way, including Sam Cooke, Aaron Neville, Bobby Bland, Elmore James, Leadbelly and Blues Brother John Belushi. We were anticipating the anoraks and trivia quizzers, when we included Pink Floyd’s ‘Arnold Layne’, because it was this week in 1967, that they recorded that song about a real life transvestite who stole women’s underwear from washing lines.

But before any of that, we kicked off down the road in the company of Brian Poole & The Tremeloes and their 1965 version of ‘Oh Mom, Teach Me How To Uncle Willie’, followed with breathtaking continuity and style by Wily Bo Walker and the title track of his 2010 album ‘Drive’ . . . . of course, we need little encouragement.

Cruising for the magic roundabout . . . . .  Jessica Gardlund
Uncle Willie – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
Drive – Wily Bo Walker
You Can’t Say Goodbye – Trini Lopez
Yeah Man – Sam Cooke
It’s Alright – Aaron Neville
I’m A Woman – Mickey Champion
Messin’ Round No More – Marcus Bonfanti
Take Me Home – Jessica Gardlund
The Girls From Texas – Jimmy Lewis
Everybody Needs Someone To Love – The Blues BrothersLeadbelly
My Girl – The Blues Busters

Killer Diller Korner . . . . With Johnny Alpha
Ve Con Él The Brisks

Cruising with the radio up . . . .
Arnold Layne – Pink Floyd
Almost But Not Quite There – Traffic Jam
Shoot On Sight – Ten Feet
If You Want This Love – Sonny Knight
What Now – Marion Black
Rock Island Line – LeadbellyMarion Black
I Can’t Hold Out – Elmore James
I’m Evil – Lightning Slim
Your Love – Saswatch
You Got Me In the Palm Of Your Hand – Donald Lee Richardson
Whiplash – The Shells
Sing Me A Love Song – The Glories
Trickle Trickle The Videos
Turn On Your Love Light – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Baby Workout – Jackie Wilson
Got My Mojo Working – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers

Well, we got a bit European with our Girls & Guitars feature this week, with its focus on Swedish singer and guitarist Jessica Gardlund. She hails from Stockholm and, although her catalogue of recordings is not vast, we did manage to find four songs on a 2010 EP, including our choice ‘Take Me Home’. Meanwhile, our dip into the Cruising blues bag produced something really scratchy from Leadbelly, who was born this week in 1889. From his extensive catalogue of recordings, we chose his classic original recording of ‘Rock Island Line’ . . . . and no hint of any chewing gum on the bedpost!

While we were having a good time, time was slipping away and we found ourselves heading for home . . . . but we did it in grand style with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers on a trip down to misty bayous of Louisiana and a visit to the Voodoo Shack for a special offer, Mojo double whopper in full working order. Then there was nothing to do but park up the Cruise Mobile and give it a quick polish, ready for next week’s opportunity to go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . and we’ll be here if you’ll be there, same time same place, with a seat saved especially for you. So, until then . . . . have fun!

  1. Mumbles says:

    Good show Commissioner

  2. The Shake says:

    The show was great, see you next week x

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Can’t beat that Emp. Enjoyed the show especially Brian Poole. I think he did a version of “Candy Man” released before his version “Do you love me”. Did he also cover “Twist and Shout”? I’ve never seen in all my years of record collecting an album by him perhaps he didn’t make one?

    • Yes, he did Candy Man (Roy Orbison song), and yes Twist & Shout was a chart single for him before Do You Love Me (the Contours song). He release 8-10 albums along the way, but, like you, I’ve not seen many or any around certainly not in the Cruising library.

      Glad you enjoyed the show

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