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Christie
Songs
 
Jeff Christie solo singles
 

Both Ends of the Rainbow

Tightrope

Both Ends of the Rainbow
Turn On Your Lovelight

Tightrope
Somebody Else

 

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Jeff Christie has described his solo album project as containing his best body of work, featuring songs of a more "mature" nature. Four of the songs from the never-released album were issued on singles, and if they are any guide, there is certainly a clear desire shown by Jeff towards composing material that kept up with the trends of the time.
   The songs have a flavour that is very much in tune with the music of the early 80's .. a mixture of sanitised American rock styles and the electronic techno sounds emerging from the UK. Bereft of twangy guitar intros or simple poppish structures, the songs don't sound like typical Christie offerings, although at least one of them - Both Ends of the Rainbow - could easily have been converted into a "Christie song".

Both Ends Of The Rainbow
(J Christie)


This is country pop music at its finest, a composition worthy of the likes of John Fogerty or even Paul McCartney. Jeff reunites with Paul Fenton on drums to create this lovely melody and great singalong chorus. This song — given a characteristic Christie power guitar introduction — could have been a massive hit for Christie if released when the band was still together. The motivational message in the song is to never give in — with "both ends of the rainbow, sometimes you lose, sometimes you win".

Turn On Your Lovelight
(J Christie)

The flipside of Jeff's first solo single is a more frenetic and rockier song that focuses on love relationships — oddly, a theme not frequently used in Jeff's compositions. It has a slick "American" sound, with wailing guitar (think REO Speedwagon, Jefferson Starship and bands of their ilk). Again, Paul Fenton features on drums.

Tightrope
(J Christie)


Jeff's follow-up single centres on the hectic pace of modern living ("life is a tightrope"), and the song's tempo reflects this, with Jeff utilising the staccato, robotic singing techniques of bands like Devo, Talking Heads and numerous others of the time. The guitarwork employed is reminiscent of the chaotic styles employed by David Bowie. Jeff plays on all instruments.

Somebody Else
(J Christie)


This love song is slower-paced but has a structure not dissimilar to some punk rock offerings of the time, and incorporates the rocky guitar style of the A-side. Jeff uses an interesting Bee Gees-like warble for one of the refrains. If anything, the song demonstrates Jeff's versatility and ability to change with music styles as needed.