JL) Would you change
anything? Do you have any regrets?
JC) Not really. You
always have regrets, but if I could, I'd do it all again.
I feel fortunate because other people as talented as me, or
more, didn't get the breaks.
JL) You almost dressed
up as Batman ..
JC) They wanted a band
to dress up in Batman outfits. We had won an audition to promote
the Batman TV series of the time, and I had my misgivings,
even though it would have meant regular appearances on TV.
We had even been measured up for the costumes, but it all
fell through because of merchandising problems. I was relieved.
JL) Tell me about
the break-up of the group.
JC) With the Outer
Limits, it was a case of me having tunnel vision. It was a
case of when, not if, we would achieve success. The other
guys did not have the same faith.
JL) What about Yellow
River? You took it round to other people ..
JC) At the time I didn't
have a band, and I was writing a lot. I knew a lot of people
in the industry and could see them easily, like Alan Price,
Marmalade, the New Seekers. I knew the Tremeloes and went
to see them. The song I wrote with them in mind, they didn't
want, and they picked up Yellow River.
I could see they were getting excited with the song, recording
it a few different ways, and there was feedback coming back
about the song and a buzz about it from the industry. I would
never say a song was bound to be a hit, but you always hope.
The song was used for a telephone book advertisement. Yellow
River became Yellow Pages.
Were you happy with that?
JC) I was NOT. It was
news to me. I was just asked to put the TV on one day when
the ad was playing, and I was outraged. They didn't need the
writer's permission for this, they just did a deal with the
publishers. I was the last to know. Lots of things like that