Where next . . . .

Posted: February 24, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, here in the Grand Duchy the sunshine has been streaming through the windows just lately, whilst the flyers from various political parties have come streaming through the letterbox . . . . of course, only one is guaranteed to bring us cheer and optimism. So, to add to the good cheer and optimism quotient, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile Cruising #66with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner.

We were soon up to full cruising speed when the air guitars came out for The Who and their a mod favourite ‘Young Man Blues’, which started a trio of Mose Allison songs. Those with highly tuned recall and attention to detail, will remember that last week we played John Mayall’s version of ‘Parchman Farm’ and this week played the Mose Allison version, along with Buddy Guy’s take on another Mose Allison song, ‘Your Mind’s On Vacation’, with some great lyrics.

We also featured a track from the 1996 album ‘Miracle of Science’ by Marshall Crenshaw and a quite different take on the Dobie Gray hit ‘The In Crowd’. The album also includes a rather fine cover of the Arthur Alexander song ‘Soldier Of Love’, which was a song often performed by The Beatles, but never included with any of their commercial releases. Fortunately, they recorded it for a 1963 BBC session and we put it in this week’s playlist. But, before all that, we kicked off our cruise with a fine piece of doo wop from The Chords and ‘Hold Me Baby’ . . . . And it all rolled on from there . . . .

Cruising where we please . . . .Ray Scott
Hold Me Baby – The Chords
Oo Poo Pah Doo – Tommy Ridgley
I’ll Be A Good Boy – Rufus Thomas
Love Piled On Top Of Love – Ray Scott & The Scottsmen
Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Chris Clark
With My Love & What You Got – Jean Wells
Voodoo Kiss – Don Sargent & His Buddies
Love Me Like That – Sharon Curfman
Young Man Blues – The Who
Parchman Farm – Mose AllisonSharon Curfman
Your Mind’s On Vacation – Buddy Guy
Sha La La La Lee – Errol English

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alpha
Stealing My Love From Me – Lulu

Cruising down the highway . . . . .
Le Nouveau Monde – Alice
Lydia Purple – The Collection
Modessa – Bluebird
San Francisco Bay Blues – Jesse FullerHesitations
Talkin’ Woman Blues – the Blues Band
The In Crowd – Marshall Crenshaw
Soldier Of Love – The Beatles
Just One Look – Doris Troy
Light My Fire – Erma Franklin
In The Dreamin’ Room – Don Fardon
If You Want This Love Of Mine – Dennis Dorrity Jr
Go Away – The Hesitations
My Girl Ivy – Jimmy Witherspoon & The Quintones
I Can’t Stand It – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers

Now, this week’s dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out something by one of the celebrated one man bands of the blues and I’m grateful to Thom Hickey and his blog ‘The Immortal Jukebox’ for a timely reminder of the great Jesse Fuller. (See the link below) Jesse was born in Georgia in 1896 and says he left there as soon as he could to escape the harsh and sometimes brutal experiences of the South. He didnt make a record until 1958 when he was all of 62 years old. His well-honed musicianship and good humoured style are very evident in our choice of his classic ‘San Francisco Bay Blues’. Meanwhile, our Girls & Guitars feature focused on guitarist and singer Shannon Curfman, who started her recording career at the age of 14, when she released her first album, ‘Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions’. Although there have been several albums since then, that was where we found our choice of track, ‘Love Me Like That’.

All too soon, Mr Merlot was raising a glass of fine wine and pointing at the clock, which was a sure sign that the sands of time were running out on our two hundredth cruise. So, we headed for home with something guaranteed to generate some dangerous dancing by The Cruisettes . . . . Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers with their take on the Soul Sisters’ ‘I Can’t Stand It’. We arrived home safe and sound and ready to party, in the knowledge that it was only seven days before we could do it all again. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . have fun!



  1. The Vikster says:

    Always a joy and really liked the Girls & Guitars feature. A great finisher too.

  2. The Shake says:

    You were on form tonight sir. Thanks for a great show 🙂

    • You had a cracking Out Of Sight Show this week and we had to try to match up. Grateful to you Shake for many of the ‘leads’ that have shone light into some obscure corners. Much appreciated.

  3. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 🙂

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Where to start ?

    Was Don Sargent really Denis Lotus and were his buddies Larry Adler and Edmundo Ros sure sounded like it dire!!

    I’m not surprised that Lulu track is not that well known if you must play something by her let’s have somefink arf decent “Morning Dew” for instance.

    You can play Errol English ,Freddie Flemish or even Ronnie Renalde imitating a cockney sparra doing a version of Sha la la lee but there will only ever be one version so live with it and play it!!

    As for Alice ,The Collection tis a pity they weren’t all aboard the Bluebird on Coniston Water. North West rock pah!

    Jesse Fuller lovely ,I always thought Erma Franklin was much underrated I believe the flip side of Piece of my Heart was Big Boss Man?

    Liked the Mose Alison trio if you listen closely on Parchment Farm you can hear some similarities to the “Strange World of Guerney Slade” theme tune

    Well, all the best Emp. I feel so much better now no need to kick the cat!

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, you should ‘start at the very beginning . . . . a very good place to start’. But, sadly, you didn’t spot that it was really ‘Malcolm’ Sargent doing a bit of moonlighting with Tommy Reilly on ‘Voodoo Kiss’, but better luck next time.

      Of course, there are just so many version of Sha La La La Lee and your comments have reinforced our commitment to order and equality . . . . As such, I should perhaps remind you that ‘S’ is way down the list.

      We’re so glad you and Johnny Alpha enjoy the occasional Lulu track and a demonstration of how much closer your respective choices are getting.

      although you’re right that Erma Franklin did record ‘Big Boss Man’ in 1967, the B side of ‘Piece Of My Heart’ was ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’. Sadly, her career was dogged by bad luck, but from now on, each time I hear Aretha’s ‘Respect’ I’ll listen out for sister Erma doing the back-up vocals.

      I’m sure the local feline population are glad you feeling much better now . . . . although I suggest completing the medication.

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