from Record Mirror shortly after Lem Lubin joined the group.
By Val Mabbs
AT the time, the success of Yellow
River seemed like manna from heaven to Christie.
like many groups, they find on reflection that one massive
hit record can furnish more long-lasting problems than a
constant pressure on the music scene.
you come together as a group without a reputation and then
have a hit record, it's as if you've committed an unforgivable
sin," Jeff said.
still seem to think that we're just a session group.
in fact I've worked in this business and have been fully
professional for several years.
think it would have been better for the band if they had
been going before Yellow River
was a hit, or if we'd had had a few flops first!"
feeling of suffocation that this produces in Jeff is obvious.
a successful follow-up with San Bernadino,
Yellow River still remains
as the chain that binds them.
still the number audiences want to hear the most, but it
must have come to the point where Jeff was rolling yellow
rivers in his sleep!
group's flop with Man Of Many Faces
did little to rectify Christie's situation, although it
became a hit in Malaysia and Germany.
so frustrating I couldn't begin to tell you," Jeff
you mention Christie to anybody, it's 'oh yes, Yellow
River, which was because it got played and played
and everybody got sick of it.
put you in a category and won't let you out of that box,
but really our standard of musicianship is well above the
you listen to the album For All Mankind,
you can tell, because everything on it is us, we didn't
use any session musicians.
think the second album is a lot better than the first, perhaps
because a lot more work went into it."
the time of their Iron Horse
single, and in preparation for their college tour, Christie
added a further member, Lem Lubin, who joins on bass guitar.
he joined, I had asked Jeff if he had been considering augmenting
we don't need anybody, and stagewise at the moment with
what we're doing, we don't need anybody. But if the right
person came along
well, really I play piano and lead
guitar, bass is not my instrument
he could take over
there was a guy who could play bass, and who has a higher
voice range than Vic and I .. because we span only about
one and a half octaves
I'd be interested.
prepared to take someone from a semi-pro group. I think
it's more important to have someone who is a very nice guy
and eager to learn, than a guy who knows it all.
people want to get in because they think they'll make money
and travel abroad, and it's only when they feel secure in
the band, after a while, that their true personality comes
out. Then if he's a right bastard there are problems."
feels that Christie is a happy band, and that they've learnt
over a period to live together successfully.
know exactly what I want to do with the band.
I think it would be grossly incorrect to say that the kids
all want to hear heavy music, as much as it would be wrong
to say they all want to hear pop.
want entertainment and they always have done. I'm not knocking
the bands that don't exactly entertain, they take 10 minutes
tuning up and turn their backs to the audience .. but when
you think of acts like Hendrix and the Who, they're incredible
bands and they entertain as well."