What’s it gonna take . . .

Posted: February 19, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner:

Cheered by the daytime sunshine, we arrived in the Cruise Mobile at the appointed hour with a bright and breezy welcome to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. There were plenty of reasons to be cheerful too, including some encounters with friendly faces and some additions to our giglist.

This week, we welcomed back our guests The Shake Cruising #2035 mrand Arfa Pinetop with their choices for our playlist. The Shake brought along something from The Brothers & Sisters and Pinetop’s Pick went back to Chicago for a live performance with bluesman, Luther Allison. Later, our Doo Wop Stop included some fine examples by The Visitors and The Nitecaps.

We picked out a couple of pieces from the Chess label, including a great piece of musical story telling from Chuck Berry in ‘The Jaguar & The Thunderbird’, but the real inspiration came from Thom Hickey and his Immortal Jukebox blog (https://theimmortaljukebox.com/2016/02/09/bo-diddley-rhythm-rules-rhythm-rules/), where he wrote a great piece on Bo Diddley, saying that he remembers laughing out loud the first time he heard the opening lines of ‘Who Do You Love’ . . . . so we took another listen. But first, we set off with Jerry Bradford leading the vocals with The Spades on their 1961 Rebel 45 ‘Hey Hey’.

Who Do You Love . . . . Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley
Hey Hey – The Spades
Jump Children – Dave Bartholomew
Don’t Lie To Me – Fats Domino
Keep A Walkin’ – Bobby Darin
Will You Love Me – Marvin & Johnny
You Better Heed My Warning – Larry Dale & MIckey Baker’s Orchestra
Jaguar & Thunderbird – Chuck Berry
Who Do You Love – Bo Diddley

Girls & Guitars
Race With The Devil – GirlschoolRace With The Devil - Girlschool

What’s It Gonna Take – Charlie Wood
How Will It End – Barry Darvell
Don’t Go – Vince Everett

Commissioned by The Commissioner . . . . The Shake
Nobody Is Gonna Turn Us Around – The Brothers & Sisters

So Real – Barbara Mercer
I Won’t Let You Go – The Beat From Palookaville

Pinetop’s PickGive Me Back My Wig - Luther Allison
Give Me Back My Wig – Luther Allison

Cruising for the city lights . . .
Hello This Is Your Heart – Dennis Linde
This Is The Night – Alias Ron Kavana
Bye Bye Love – David Lindley

Doo Wop Stop
Until You Came Along – The Visitors
You’re Gonna Be Sorry – The Nitecaps

Cruising your way . . .You Can Have It Your Way - Thorbjørn Risager
I’m Your Puppet – Irma Thomas
You Can Have It Your Way – Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado
Girls All Over The World – Mike Sanchez & The Big Town Playboys
Wow Wow Baby – The Searchers
Groceries Sir – The Dukes
Bye Baby Bye – Doc Palmer

There were a few anxious moments last week, when some of the Cruising Crew thought we’d forgotten our Girls & Guitars feature. So, to comfort the easily unnerved we pulled forward and focused on all-girl band ‘Girlschool’ . They started out in South London, and after several changes of line up released their debut album ‘Demolition’ in 1980. We chose a track from that album with Kelly Johnson on lead guitar on their version of the hit for The Gun . . . ‘Race With The Devil’.

We geared up for a rocking finale that caused Mr Merlot to collapse from near exhaustion. But, we waved an bottle of fine wine under his nose and he revive quickly. Then we parked up the Cruise Mobile and gave it a quick polish, ready for next week, when we hope you’ll be back, same time, same place, to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 18 February 2016

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