college tour proved a success. This article from New Musical
By Julie Webb
POP, the pundits would say, is back.
But it's really never been away
it just hasn't found its right outlet in recent years.
Now the outlet has been found, amazingly through colleges
as well as concert halls, as the
pop package featuring Christie, Edison Lighthouse and
Worth has proved.
The reaction to the tour has surprised
The thought of students actually
bopping and hokey cokeying may norify you .. but it's happening.
Colleges have been sufficiently impressed to rebook these
acts, and promoters in Germany and France are keen in taking
the whole road show to their countries.
At one gig in Harlow, near London,
fans crowded the stage at first, and ended up screaming.
At Ramsgate, Kent, an thusiastic lady leapt on stage and
nearly knocked Christie's bass guitarist (Lem Lubin) flying.
And I doubt the Channel Islands
will ever forget the two days they were invaded by the road
show. Christie and Co's day in Jersey
included a show for Channel TV and a town centre gig in
Channel devoted the whole of their
teatime magazine show to the bands. The program went out
live and was seen in Germany, Jersey and France.
Christie might have been in dead
trouble had this tour not taken off.
They had a number 1 record, did
a few disastrously under-rehearsed gigs in Britain, went
abroad, and through trial and error improved.
Eighteeen months ago they went for
a heavy sound on stage, with San Bernadino
and Yellow River the only concession
to the sound they were known for. They were neither one
thing nor another.
From Christie's original line-up
there have been two changes: drummer Paul Fenton joined
a few months after their inception and did much with his
gutsy playing to improve the overall sound, and recently
bass player Lem Lubin joined, enabling Jeff Christie to
use lead guitar and electric piano.
They have rethought their whole
musical policy and are gutsy and funky as well as commercial.
They can include their earlier hits without them sticking
out like a sore thumb.
And finally, praise for a young
lady named Leonie. She is the real hard-core fan who has
probably seen more of the pop package tour than the manager.
For wasn't it Leonie who came to
see them not only at Harlow, Rumsgate and Cardiff, but also
at Guernsey and Jersey.
As their manager said: "A few
thousand more like her and we'd be laughing."