Did you know
that San Bernadino wasn't the
first choice as a follow-up single to Yellow
River? Find out what was in this interview from Disc
and Music Echo magazine, November 1970.
By Rosalind Russell
CHRISTIE have found a hit formula. And
for the moment they're going to keep on using it.
It started with Yellow
River and now the follow-up, San
like having the same success. And Christie aren't worried
about the similarity.
"There is a danger of people getting bored,"
says Jeff Christie. "But that's a risk we'll have to
"Time will tell. We're not purists and
there's no point in putting out a non-commercial record.
"You make a record to sell, not to put
on your own record-player."
But before San
chosen, Jeff had thought of using one or two other songs
from their album either Inside
Looking Out, or Put
Your Money Down, which is more like a rock
Christie do hope to make a transition from
"pop" to "rock" very gradually.
They already have a rock-oriented stage act,
which surprises people who come to see them, having heard
only their records.
"I wanted something a bit different for
the second single, but we are getting known more as a country
rock band," Jeff says.
"Pop groups are dying, there's nothing
after the Beatles. But there's always a market for our music,
even if it is limited."
Christie feel that it's necessary for groups
to compromise on principles to survive.
"People tend to follow like sheep, just
because the big wheel says the new rave is such and such
a thing," Jeff says.
"But sometime, people are going to want
to hear nice, happy sounds again."
Christie think their basic policy is to be
consistent, although they plan to change their image, albeit
"We are changing tempo, but we have to
maintain a certain sort of sound," Jeff says. "We
are changing all the time, trying to get a little heavier,
putting a little more into the number.
"We will be doing hard, aggressive, driving
music, but no-one is trying to blow anyone's mind.
"The album we have out now is very representative
of what we were doing before. The next album will include
similar things, but some harder numbers too."
But before they go into the studios, they have
to get a break in all the work lined up for them. Apart
from the odd dates in Britain, Christie are scheduled to
visit Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Australia, South America
and the States.
River was a hit in a lot of countries
that's why we have to travel so much," Jeff says.
"We work harder than the average man in
the street. The whole business is blown out of proportion.
We're doing an ordinary job.
"To me a star is Barry Gibb, or the Beatles.
"But it can be a vicious circle. If other
artists act like stars to you, then you do too, because
you don't want to feel inferior."