An early interview
and news story about Christie printed in Melody Maker
(May 23 and June 13, 1970)
DON'T SAY CREEDENCE:
single, which hit the MM number one, has
reached over a quarter of a million sales.
The single is showing signs
of becoming a hit in America and because
of this, the group is this week cutting
an album of 12 original compositions.
The album is to be rush-released
in America, but the album will not be
available in this country (England) for
The next single will be one
of three tracks from the album, either
Inside Looking Out,
San Bernadino, or Put
Your Money Down.
River is a very commercial sound
but one of the best records this year.
Jeff Christie says the group was formed
initially for the purpose of recording Yellow
River after it had been turned down
by The Tremeloes for a single release.
been made that the song owes a lot to Creedence
Clearwater Revival but Jeff does not take kindly
when comparisons are mentioned.
"All I can say is that Yellow
written 18 months ago and Creedence have only been
in Britain for about a year so that kicks
that in the head," Jeff said decisively.
"There may be a slight similarity
in sound, but really we're poles apart. Creedence
are a very basic group, they rarely use more than
three chords in their songs.
"I don't want to give the impression
that we're better, but our music has more in it.
"I got choked off about the whole
underground thing about two years ago and I said,
right, I want a good band who'll play exciting rock
numbers but nothing freaky.
"I honestly believe that simple
rock is a lot more exciting than the average underground
"I like what Led Zeppelin are
doing though, but it doesn't knock me out. I worked
with Jimmy Page years ago when he was a bass player."