Archive for April, 2015

Oh oh mojo . . . .

Posted: April 28, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, we have been making the most of the good weather around the Grand Duchy, which has certainly been more welcome than the current media saturation with the impending election. There’s been plenty in our social diary to keep us active and some memorable moments along the way. Fortunately, we found sufficient time to pick our choices for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner playlist, which, in contrast to the political choices, were much clearer and guaranteed to deliver just what the say on the label!Cruising #217

Sadly, we missed a visit with our good pal Max Quirk this week and an opportunity to scour the record racks hereabouts, but we plan to catch up again soon and, in the meantime, our cheery postman has been bringing a few little additions for our listening pleasure. This week we took the opportunity to celebrate a few musical milestones, including the birthdays of Paul Carrack and funky bluesman Albert King.

Johnny Alpha was back with a track from Link Wray, who has featured this week in the missives from the much esteemed Arfa Pinetop. But, we kicked off our cruise with Tony Washington & The DCs and their Black Swan 45 from 1964, which they call ‘But I Do’ . . . . although it sounded strangely like ‘Night Train’.

Cruising for the horizon . . . .Steamhammer
But I Do – Tony Washington & The DCs
Wild Life – Rudy Greene
Poison Ivy – Willie Mabon
Oh Oh Mojo – The Volcanos
Strange Things Happening Everyday – Liz McComb
Take a Giant Step (Walk On)The Profiles
Zebra – The John Butler Trio
Back To Blue – Gaelle Buswel
I’m On My Way – Winfield Parker
Ain’t It Baby – Kenny Gamble & The Romeos
Girls Are Out To Get You – The Fascinationskansas-joe-and-memphis-minnie-when-the-levee-breaks-columbia-78
When All Your Friends Are Gone – Steamhammer
Look At Little Sister – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Eyes Of Blue – Paul Carrack

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Fire & Brimstone – Link Wray

Cruising in good company . . . .
High Flying Bird – The Boot Hill Five
Touch Of Grey – Grateful Dead
Let Me Down Easy – Liquid Smoke5-royales-catch-that-teardrop-abc-paramount
Holly Park – Emitt Rhodes
Stairway To Heaven – The Beatnix
When The Levee Breaks – Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie
Catch That Teardrop – The 5 Royales
I’m Happy – Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez
Give Up Little Girl – Tyrone Hibbs & The Hipshakers
Nice To Be Nice – Albert King
Soulville – Dinah Washington

For our girls and guitars feature this week, our spotlight fell on French singer and guitarist, Gaelle Buswel, who cites among her influences Jonny Lang, Bonnie Raitt and Joe Cocker. She made her first solo appearance on stage at the age of 18 and has since toured across Europe and Canada. She’s released two albums to date and we’ve chosen the title track from the second album, released last year, called ‘Black to Blue’.

There was a treat for the scratchy blues buffs, because our dip into the scratchy blues bag this week took us back to 1929, to hear from husband and wife duo, Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie. We played their ‘When the Levee Breaks’, which has been covered many times since, including a version by Led Zepplin and was inspired by the Great Mississippi flood of 1927.

Now, the road may go on forever, but our 90 minutes of cruising seemed to pass rather quickly and to take us home, we were in the good company of Dinah Washington. When we arrive back home, we parked up the Cruise Mobile, gave it a quick polish and hoped that there were plenty of tracks to your liking. If so, then perhaps we can entice you back again next week, when well call by, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, remember . . . . have fun!



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Well, here in the Grand Duchy, the sun was out, the sky was blue, with only electioneering to spoil the view, but  there was plenty of the Cruising Crew to distract us, including The Vikster, Amigo, DJ Leyton Rocks and Johnny99. So, we came bouncing into Cruise Control at the appointed hour with a bright and breezy welcome to one and all.

Now, last week’s show generated plenty of feedback, with comments from new listeners and ‘seasoned’ members of the Cruising Crew alike, which was most welcome. There were encouraging words along the way and some excellent suggestions for future playlistsCruising #76 . . . . . . . which we won’t forget!

The week was pretty full of notable dates, with quite a few birthdays and a sad farewell, because we lost soulman Percy Sledge. He’s been no stranger to our Cruising playlists over the years, so we paid tribute to him with a couple of tracks from his considerable repertoire . . . possibly not ones that are among his best known, but hidden treasures for sure.

We offer due apologies to Frinton’s Victor Silvester Appreciation Society for the glaring omission from this week’s playlist, and it may some small compensation that we kicked off this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner in fine style with The Rolling Stones. We picked a song from their first album, which was released this week back in 1964 (and and some of us may still have their original copy) . . . . . .

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Carol – The Rolling Stones
Don’t Give Me No Lip Child – Dave Berry
Iechyd-Da – The Alan Price Set
Little Boy Blue – Duffy Power
Tell Me How Do You Feel – Billy Fury
You’ve Got That Something Wonderful – Percy Sledge
Baby Help Me – Percy Sledge
Love – Bex Marshall
Look At Little Sister – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Hey Baby – Florence Ballard
Needle In A Haystack – Dusty SpringfieldFrancis-Nero-Keep-On-Loving-Me
Keep On Lovin’ Me – Frances Nero
Ain’t Love Wonderful – The Fantastic Four
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Marcia Griffiths

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Whole Lotta Love – Tina Turner

Cruising with the radio loud . . . .
Tough On Me, Tough On You – Lonnie Mack
Love, Beads & Meditation – The Lemon PipersSteve Marriott
Tired Of Waiting – The Apostles
Alley Boogie – Lucille Bogan
My Babe – Steve Marriott & The DTs
Sorry She’s Mine – Jimmy Winston & His Reflections
Let The Good Times Roll – BB King
You Ain’t Nothing But Fine – Rockin’ Sidney
Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes – Bobby Freeman
Good Golly Miss Molly – The Valiants

We had some rather fine blues in our Girls & Guitars feature this week, with our spotlight falling on Bex Marshall, who we managed to catch live on stage at last year’s Blues Fest at The Albert Hall. She adapts well to a range of styles, but they all have a bluesy feel about them, including our choice of track, ‘Love’, from her 2012 album ‘House Of Mercy’. Meanwhile, while no-one was watching, we had a dip into the scratchy blues bag and pulled out something by Lucille Bogan. She was born in Mississippi in 1897 and between 1933 and 1935, she recorded over 100 songs. She became known for her raunchy blues numbers and we pulled her track, ‘Alley Boogie’, recorded at her first session in Atlanta in 1923, with Charles Avery on piano.

Now, last week we played out with Bobby Freeman’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy’ and our good pal Amigo came back to point us to another of Mr Freeman’s numbers, ‘Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes’. So, we played it, ever hopeful that it would not tempt Mrs TC to abandon her membership of Shoe-buyers Anonymous. But, some theatrical arm waving and pointing by Mr Merlot, signaled that our Cruising time was nearly up, so we found something crazy to take us home. This was the first release of the song ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’, which appeared on the Keen label in 1957, and all due respects to New Orleans WWOZ DJ, Jamie Dell’Apa, for helping with this.

So, we parked up the Cruise Mobile, cheered by the knowledge that we only have to while away seven days before we can go Cruising with The Commissioner once again. . . . until then . . . . have fun!

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Well, the past days have been pretty busy here at Cruise Control and we’ve out and about enjoying the good weather. So, if you were anywhere around Brighton at the weekend, we might have seen you thereabouts and, if you were running in the Brighton Marathon, we hope you did well. But, back at Cruise Control, we noticed that it was James Cruising #134Last’s birthday this week and we found a fine collection of his albums, but a little old lady with a shopping trolley beat us to them in the charity shop. Despite that, we didn’t miss the opportunity to mark the birthday of guitar-master, Dave Edmunds, by playing his ‘Here Comes The Weekend’ and it reminded us that it’s a favourite of our good pal Johnny99, so we played it with a suitable dedication. There were a few other ‘nudges’ along the way, including Larry Grogan and his Funky 16 Corners Show and Jamie Dell’Apa who hosts a weekly show on New Orleans radio WWOZ.

We also followed up on the excellent tribute to the late John Renbourn on The Spongeman’s show last week . . . but first we kicked off our cruise with Casey & the Pressure Group and their take on Mel Torme’s hit ‘Coming Home Baby’ . . . .

Cruising way out of town . . . . . Bubblegum Lemonade
Coming Home Baby – Casey & His Pressure Group
I Got A Line On You – The Ohio Express
Caroline’s Radio – Bubblegum Lemonade
Here Comes The Weekend – Dave Edmunds
I’m Gonna Try – Carol Fran
Linda Lu – Al Saxon
Walkin’ In The Park – King Karl & The Guitar Gables Band
Crazy Fox – Roosevelt Sykes
Stop Breakin’ Down – The Jeff Healey BandJeff Healey - Cover to Cover
Ain’t That Peculiar – Fanny
You’re Gonna Get It – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Wiggle Waggle – The Wanderers

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Hound Dog – The Candy Johnson Show

Cruising for the city lights . . . .
White Bird – The Strangelings
Can’t Find My Way Home – Joe Cocker
Big Ol’ Dynaflow – The Remains
Ice Cream Man – John BrimRoosevelt Sykes
Cocaine Blues – John Renbourn
Cry Me A River – Marie Knight
Enough For Everyone – Betty Bibbs
Burnt Toast & Black Coffee – Mike Pedicin
Crawling Up A Hill – The Clique
Voodoo Kiss – Don Sargent & The Buddies
Got My Mojo Working – Ann Cole
This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley Brothers
Competition Ain’t Nothing – Carl Carlton
Shimmy Shimmy – Bobby Freeman

There was a little blues in this week’s Girls & Guitars feature, which threw the spotlight on birthday girl, June Millington, who led 70s all-girl rock group, Fanny. They produced 5 albums and many singles, one of which was our choice, Marvin Gaye’s ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’, featuring some great slide guitar by June Millington. Meanwhile, our dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out something by Chicago bluesman John Brim. He was born in Indianapolis in 1941 and recorded for several labels over the years. But, we chose probably his best known song ‘Ice Cream Man’ which he recorded for Chess Records in 1953.

As our playlist played out, the Cruisettes made sure there was plenty of dangerous dancing to bring our cruise to a close and taking us home was Bobby Freeman with ‘Shimmy Shimmy’. Then, we were parking up the Cruise Control for another week and, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. . . . . remember . . . . . have fun!

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Well, it’s no great insight, but some things creep up on you with a sideways shuffle and with so many other things happening, we hadn’t given it much thought. But, according to the records (the non-vinyl ones), we have confounded the predictions and even surprised ourselves, because with this week’s show we entered our fifth year of Cruising with The Commissioner. Maybe we set our expectations fairly low at the start, but we seem to have arrived here almost unscathed and still very much enthused by the music. Cruising #83

The origins of our musical adventures can be traced back to the weekly ‘get togethers’ with a few teenage pals to play our favourite records. So, the music has always been important, but so too has been sharing the music in the good company of others. So, this week’s show provided more of the same, along with our welcome guests, Johnny Alpha and DJ Leyton Rocks.

The Cruisettes turned up in their party gear and Mr Merlot was very much in evidence with a fine selection of libations. Meanwhile, yours truly was supervising this week’s playlist, which included some popular tracks from previous shows, some suggestions from members of the Cruising Crew and a goodly selection of new tunes (well, new to our playlists) to tantalise your music taste buds and tempt a little rhythmic motion. So, we set off on our musical adventure in the company of Candy & The Kisses and ‘Smokey Joe’s’ . . . . .

Cruising where the road takes us . . . . Candy & The Kisses
Smokey Joe’s – Candy & the Kisses
Peaches & Cream – The Ikettes
No Good Lover – Mickey & Sylvia
I’m A Hog For You Baby – The Coasters
Summertime – Carl Henry Hall
Do You Love Me – Dave Clark Five
Cuddly Toy – Beverley Knight
Boogaloo Down Broadway – The Fantastic Johnny C
I Can’t Help Myself – Donnie Elbert
Everytime – Linda Carr
Stop Her On Sight – Edwin Starr
Hong Kong Blues – The Ethiopians

Three From Me . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks Attention-cover
Slow Motion Mind – Tower
Houses For Sale – The Cat’s Pyjamas
Trouble’s Coming On – Billy Wade McKnight

Cruising where we please . . . . .
Baby Cakes – Dee Dee Sharp
Jumpin’ From Six To Six – Erja Lyytinen
I’d Rather Go Blind – Spencer Wiggins
Blues In The Basement – Rufus Thomas
Lowdown In Lodi – Freddie King
Tonky Blues – Forrest Sykes78-tonkyboogie-essential-cd

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Why Do I Cry – The Remains

Cruising to the party . . . . .
Liar – The Fleur De Lys
You Really Got Me – The Buddy Miles Express
Shuckin’ & Jivin’ – Babs Gonzales
Don’t Be Angry – Nappy Brown
Georgia Slop – Big Al Downing
Boot ‘Em Up – The Du Droppers

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focuses again on Finnish singer and guitarist Erja Lyytinen, who started playing guitar at the age of 15, and cites among her influences singers like Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor and Bonnie Raitt. She cut her first album for Bluelight records back in 2002, since when she’s carved out a reputation for herself playing across America and Europe. . . . and you can judge for yourself with our choice from her 2002 album ‘Attention!’. . . . ‘Jumpin’ From Six To Six’. Meanwhile, our weekly dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out a little gem by pianist Forrest Sykes, who’s is a rather obscure figure. But, what we do know is that he ably demonstrated his scorching piano playing on a 1948 recording for the Aristocrat label, titled “Tonky Boogie”. . . . so that was our choice for the playlist.

Well, with the benefit of the very good company of Johnny Alpha, DJ Leyton Rocks and, of course, the Cruising Crew, we found ourselves launched safely into our fifth year of Cruising with The Commissioner. So, as the novelty of that subsides, rest assured we’ll be back in the Cruise Mobile, same time same place, next week with a seat saved especially for you. But, until then . . . . have fun!