Drive it home . . . .

Posted: May 7, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Now, this week seems to be have been full of notable birthdays and events which popped up through our playlist. There have been plenty of birthdays for those past and present, there has been a sad farewell to soulman Ben E King, the Cinco De Mayo celebrations and, unless you’ve been hiding behind the sofa or under some blankets, you’ll have noticed that the electioneering around these parts has reached saturation point. So, plenty to inspire our musical choices this week.Cruising 68

Amongst the birthdays, we found Quo-man, Francis Rossi, Lonnie Donegan, Pete Seeger, Gene Vincent, Little Walter, James Brown and Frankie Valli (who is on our gig list soon).

We had fun looking for some less well known songs about elections and came back smiling. We found Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Vote For Mr Rhythm’, Charlie Wood’s ‘Doin’ The Blah Blah Blah’, Sunnyland Slim’s ‘Be Careful How You Vote’ and James Brown’s ‘Bewildered’, but we set off on our musical adventure in the company of Big Al T Ork and his fine interpretation of Edwin Starr’s 25 Miles . . . .

Cruising where the road takes us . . . .ben-e-king-what-can-a-man-do-1964-2
Twenty Five Miles – Big Al T Ork
Everything’s Cool – Pork Chops
Drive It Home – The Clovers
Vote For Mr Rhythm – Ella Fitzgerald
Everyday I Have To Cry Some – Bon Scott & The Valentines
Tired Of Waiting – The Kinks
I Just Wanna Make Love To You – Francesca De Fazi
It Ain’t Right – Little Walter
Bewildered – James Brown
Peanuts – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Be Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincentthe-clovers-drive-it-home-atlantic
Just Like The Weather – Nolan Chance
What Can A Man Do – Ben E King
Snake Eyes – Alvin ‘Red’ Tyler & The Gyros

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Margio – Rob Hoeke

Cruising where it matters . . . .
Turn Turn Turn – The Byrds
I Must Be In Love – The Rutles
You Won’t See Me – Lonnie Donegan with Chas & DaveCharlie Wood - Flutter
A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada – The Texas Tornados
Tear Stained Letter – Jerry Williams
Be Careful How You Vote – Sunnyland Slim
You Can’t Hide – Freddy King & Lulu Reed
Knock Knock – Carol Fran
Gotta Lotta That – Gene Summers
Doin’ The Blah Blah Blah – Charlie Wood
Rocking All Over The World – Status Quo
It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes – The Refreshments

Our Girls & Guitars feature put the spotlight on Italian, Francesca De Fazi, whois a guitarist and singer with a style that has been compared by some to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. She’s produced a couple of albums that include some fine blues and on this occasion, we chose a track from her 2013 album called ‘Roman Woman Blues’ and her rather good take on ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You’. Meanwhile, our dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out something by bluesman, Sunnyland Slim. He was born in 1906 in Quitman County, Mississippi and in 1925, like many others, he made the journey from the rural South to the industrial North to settle in Chicago. He got to play with some of the big names in blues and we couldn’t resist playing his timely piece . . . . ‘Be Careful How You Vote’

Sadly, all too soon our 90 minutes of cruising was almost up and we had to turn for home, which we did in the company of The Refreshments and a rocking version of Chuck Berry’s ‘It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes’. We arrived back home, parked up the Cruise Mobile and after a quick polish, we were ready to come back again next week . . . . same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissionerremember . . . . have fun!

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  1. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 🙂 Killer Diller Korner was a classic

  2. The Vikster says:

    Enjoyed your tenuous links on twitter and rocked all over the lounge to the Quo.

    • Tenuous?! . . . . nothing less than searing insights into the well-researched and carefully calculated choices!

      Hope you were appropriately dressed for Quo.

      Glad you had fun!

  3. Amigo says:

    Following on from your political record selection here is an update from the party leaders and their records of the day.

    David Cameron: ‘Such A Night’ – the Elvis version as he is far too young for the Drifters (He scrapped his provisional selection of ‘I Never Promised You A Rose Garden”.)

    Ed Milliband: ‘My Way’ – the Paul Anka version as he looks kind of geeky as well.

    Nick Clegg: “It’s All In The Game” – the original Tommy Edwards 1951 version not his 1958 hit version because Lib Dems like to be different.

    Nicola Sturgeon: “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” – Whitney Houston’s powerhouse performance (and she was almost as famous as Nicola).

    Nigel Farage: “On the Rebound” – Floyd Cramer’s classic because it sounds like someone playing a pub piano brilliantly and he might be back.

    And just a thought from Douglas Alexander after seeing his 16,000 majority overturned by Mhairi Black, the 20 year old politics student now the youngest MP since 1667 and who may have learned more about politics in one night than through all her studies. He chose “Too Much Too Young” by the Specials simply because it is!

    Seriously though, at a time when we learn a lot about the true character of our political leaders there were impressive speeches from Jim Murphy and Nick Clegg so good for them.

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