Fabulous 208 magazine, July 1970.
By Georgina Mells
YOU wouldn't expect
Christie to be bothered by the supernatural.
They are three very cool guys - Jeff, Mike
and Vic - quiet and self-possessed.
But strange things have been happening to them
in the past few months.
"We spent some time rehearsing in this
old house in the heart of Devon," Jeff explained.
"It was at a place called Dunchideock.
The country round there is really wild and primitive and
this house used to be one of the biggest in the county.
"It is haunted, so badly that the owner's
wife refuses to sleep there alone when he's away.
"It was a beautiful place to be during
the day but at night it was really spooky.
"Of course Vic didn't help as he has a
great habit of hiding round corners and jumping out at people!
One way or another we were pretty glad to get away."
Jeff went on: "I can really believe in
the supernatural sometimes."
"Sometime ago I accidentally ran over
a black cat and after that some fairly bad things happened
"But recently my luck has taken a change
for the better, with the record taking off.
"It was strange though, the day
things started moving with Yellow
River, there was a horse with that name
which won a race we'd followed.
"The day we heard we were number three
in the hit parade, it came in third. I don't think that
could be coincidence."
There was something strange too about the way
the record was made.
"I took some tapes I'd written to play
to the Tremeloes and the tape recorder overshot the song
I meant to play them and went into Yellow
River," Jeff said.
"They heard it and liked it and were going to use it,
"I was a bit sad at the time but now I
know it was a fantastic break for me."
Mike and Vic are also thrilled at the sudden
success of Christie.
"Things had been so bad for us that the
group (the Epics) had split up," Mike said.
"I was working for a record company and
Vic had taken a job with an electronics firm, but we jumped
at the chance of doing the record with Jeff and we're still
recovering from the amazing success we've had since."
The rest of the Christie scene? Jeff is flat-hunting
so he can move down to London from Leeds and so he can build
a bookcase for his Dennis Wheatley collection. Vic wears
the most incredible shirts, and Mike is only working so
he can get himself a Lamborghini!
Their future plans include a trip to Poland
and maybe the States, and possibly a fourth member to join
Apart from that they just hope their run of
luck continues. I bet it will with no help from the supernatural.