Take me to the Mardi Gras . . . . .

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, the days are getting noticeably longer and there are signs of green shoots around the Grand Duchy that bring a sense of renewal and revival, which is what we need to bring a little more cheer to our days. But, as the temperatures rise and our spirits lift, so we have to contend with the increasing ‘dance of the destitutes’, which is the most apt Cruising #2009description of the build up to the forthcoming general election. Frankly, if trust and confidence are the highest priorities when voting, the current contenders should be very grateful that Screaming Lord Sutch is no longer leading the Monster Raving Loony Party!

Our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks gave us a nudge towards an early track from Bob Seger, (or to be more precise the Bob Seger System) and ‘Lucifer’ . . . one of Bob’s self-penned songs on the 1970 album Mongrel and we were happy to oblige. Meanwhile, last week’s Three From Me guest, the much esteemed Arfa Pinetop, has complained that our playlists don’t give him much to gripe about these days (and he is an enthusiastic griper). He challenged us to play his ultimate gripe inducing track . . . John Mayall’s song about the death of bluesman JB Lenoir . . . . but we just couldn’t do . . . . so we pulled out Mr Mayall ‘s cover of Mose Allison’s ‘Parchman Farm’.

Now, this week we managed to fit in a little selection that we’ve had inmind for some weeks, with a trio of originals of Beatles covers, including The Donays, The Shirelles and Dr. Feelgood and the Interns. But the real treat was a musical trip down to New Orleans, because today is Mardi Gras and we wanted to join in the festivities. To get us on our way, we joined guitar-master, Lonnie Mack and his signature piece ‘Wham’ . . . .with some great stuff to follow . . . .

Cruising just for fun . . . . LonnieMackMemphisWha
Wham – Lonnie Mack
Sha La La La Le – The Rattles
Lucifer – Bob Seger
Are You Lovin’ Me Too – Del Shannon
In The Midnight Hour – The Mirettes
Turn It On – Don Covay
You Don’t Miss Your Water – Little Esther & Big Al Downing
Drive My Car – Monalisa Twins
Devil In His Heart – The Donays
Boys – The Shirelles
Mister Moonlight – Dr Feelgood & The InternsMister Moonlight
Parchman Farm – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
Don’t Bring Me Down – Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Mean Man – Betty Harris

Cruising to the Mardi Gras . . . .
Maybe I Know – Lesley Gore
It’s Your Voodoo Working – Charles Sheffield
Great Googa Mooga – Lee Dorsey
Down At The Mardi Gras – Rockin’ Dopsie
Cajun Roux – Big Al & The HeavyweightsSugar Boy 2
Take Me To The Mardi Gras – Johnny Taylor
Midnight In New Orleans – Long John Baldry
Goin’ To New Orleans – Little Sam Davis
Goin’ Back to New Orleans – Dr John
Jock-A-Mo – Sugar Boy Crawford
Oop Shoop – Shirley Gunter & The Queens
Barefootin’ – Robert Parker
Breakaway – Irma Thomas

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature delivered double bubble, because it’s spotlight fell on two girls with guitars, who are twins named Mona and Lisa. They settled in the UK from their native Austria and have made Liverpool their musical home. We chose ‘Drive My Car’ from their 2014 album the “MonaLisa Twins Play Beatles & More”. Meanwhile, our dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out something by blues harp player, Little Sam Davis. We chose one of the four sides he cut for Henry Stone’s Rockin’ label in 1952, with Earl Hooker on guitar . . . ‘Goin’ To New Orleans’.

It came as a bit of a surprise to see that we’d nearly run out of time on our cruise . . . but we closed our Mardi Gras celebration with a song recorded in New Orleans by Irma Thomas in 1964 and covered by Tracey Ullman in 1983 . . . . ‘Breakaway’. Then, with our customary care and attention, we arrived back safe and sound, ready to call by, same time same place, next week with a seat saved especially for you. So, untill the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . Have fun!

  1. The Spongeman says:

    TC, Could you play some Mose Allison at some point, my LP has gone walkies. I should get another copy from discogs I think. Parchman Farm, or Look What You Made Me Do. He does some really good songs.

  2. The Vikster says:

    Brilliant show TC, thanks for the music

  3. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner. You’ve got the platters that matter!

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Emp, I couldn’t even wait for the JM track! The Rattles should be shaken, rolled and thrown out of the pram. Absolutely diabolical . . . . I demand immediate recompense i.e. The original must be played soon!!

    I didn’t realise that Del Shannon had actually recorded with 2 of the Wilburys. I thought I read he had topped himself because he was not wanted in the band as the Big O’s replacement.

    JM . . . . Nice harp that’s all!

    Don’t Bring Me Down, Pretty Things . . . . Knock knock.

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      It so reassuring to know that you are feeling yourself again (well, with so many restraining orders, I’m not surprised). You just let the gripe juice flow and all it needed was a ‘I don’t believe it’, to fit neatly back into that cosy stereotype! 🙂

      We have referred your claim for compensation to our customer care centre manager, Masher Wilkins, and you can expect a call in the near future (probably out of hours).

      I’ve only heard that story about Del Shannon from yourself, but I think the others in the Wilburys just decided not to continue the band . . . . But it would have had much the same impact on Mr Shannon.

      Our good pal, The Spongeman, played The Pretty Things, Don’t Bring Me Down in his show this week and also asked for Mose Allison’s original of Parchman Farm . . . . So there may be a little something to calm you down next week. In the meantime, please feel free to froth and foam in your customary manner . . . . and (thereby) have fun!

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