an article in Melody Maker, 1971.
HAS SUCCESS CHANGED CHRISTIE?
By David Skan
months ago, I met an upcoming young composer named Jeff
He was as happy as a sandboy because he'd just
recorded a song he KNEW was going to be a hit.
Since then Yellow River
has sold almost three million discs around the world.
And today Jeff and his hastily formed group
Christie are set for another stint at the top with San
But is he enjoying this runaway success?
Listen to his opening words when we met recently:
"The other night things got so bad that
I went home and broke down, I just cried and cried and cried.
"That sounds like I'm emotional, doesn't
it? But I'm not."
So what happened?
"Since we last met I've been under pressure
I never even realised existed. I've had no time to unwind.
"I've been halfway round the world so quickly
I hardly saw it.
"I've been stuck in a plane over Rio when
the undercarriage wouldn't come down, and I must have sung
the same song a thousand times.
"I tell you I'm exhausted."
The pressure cooker they call pop music does
strange things to people.
It sucks them up, hurls them round and spits
them put and then it leaves them to stand shakily on their
own two feet.
"In the old days I never even allowed myself
to think of the possibility of defeat. If I had, I would
never have driven myself so hard," Jeff said.
But that is only one of the factors wich have
contributed to the turmoil in his mind.
Jeff admits he has become a lot more cynical
by his success.
"Unfortunately, you see people in a different
way once you are successful. It is a very sad thing to have
to admit, but that's the way it is.
"I am the sort of person who gets hurt
very easily and to avoid this you have to put up barriers
"Once you are successful so many more people
seem to be out to get you. It is a very trying situation."
Despite his success, he said he feels his life
is still incomplete.
"I suppose I need a woman. But my attitude
to sex has changed. Now it's like having a drink of water
when you're thirsty or scratching when you itch," he
"I'm really amazed that I can say things
like that. But I really mean them, I think. Not that I've
lost my sensitivity, only some of it."
Along with the rest of the group, Jeff is taking
a long rest over Christmas.
He'll spend it his parents' home in Leeds after
playing Leeds Grammar School, where he was educated, on
"Do you know that's a date I've been really
looking forward to for ages ... much more than going abroad."