Enough for everyone . . . . .

Posted: April 14, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


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!

  1. The Shake says:

    Good stuff Commissioner

  2. The Vikster says:

    A fine show TC

  3. Jamie Dell'Apa says:

    Sitting here in the dark itching my poison ivy rash and listening to your show.

    I LIKE IT!!!! (Your show, not my rash.)

    Thanks for the mention and last week’s tweet. Beware of the FCC police – they’re the cruder form of the BBC police.

    Jamie Dell’Apa

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well, Don Sargent, The Strangelings, Bubblegum Lemonade and Ohio Express and your mention of the dreaded JM had me reaching for The Jameson!!!

    Fanny brought back memories of a shilling bet lost to my B in Law many moons ago when I doubted “Fanny ” being a record by Eddie Fisher!

    Loved the John Renbourn track Emp reminded me somewhat of John Hammond knock knock! Mojo info. was interesting didn’t know that.

    Dave Edmunds a great track had a great album of his with the lovely title “Subtle as flying mallet”.

    Chess did issue a cd of John Brim and Elmore James tracks some time ago can’t find mine.

    ps  Loathed as I am to mention Ohio Express again, did they not have a hit with Yummy something or other?

    pps May I suggest “Look at Little Sister” . . . . the live version Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

    Cheers EMP

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, you sent a cold shiver down my spine with your flaunting of your detailed knowledge of The Ohio Express and their big hit ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy (I’ve Got Love In My Tummy)’. Impressive stuff, but could we be forgiven for suspecting that the mention of Don Sargent, The Strangelings, Bubblegum Lemonade and Ohio Express is merely a convenient excuse for your odd tots of The Jameson?

      You’re right, John Renbourn did do some very nice blues tracks and was clearly well informed too. I’m a big fan of his ‘Light Flight’ with Pentangle. A classic in its genre. Got some early John Hammond in the archives, so might see what’s there.

      Yes, I have a copy of that Chess album of John Brim and Elmore James tracks, although mine is vinyl . . . . and still in good nick! Offers? I was also surprised when I first discovered to origins of ‘Got My Mojo Working’. Interesting how indelibly linked it became with Muddy Waters.

      We’ve played ‘Look at Little Sister’ before by Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, but it’s always worth another play. What a great title for an album, ‘Subtle As Flying Mallet’ . . . . Must look it up.

  5. Amigo says:

    The show last night was very interesting there were hardly any tracks I’d heard before.

    • Good to hear from you, although I’m not sure whether to be impressed, or disappointed that there were hardly any tracks you knew in this week’s Cruising. Which way to go to do better?

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