Christine & Fred

Christine

1985 To 1986

Optimistically described as ‘a cross between Bauhaus & Joy Division’. At least until I joined at which point ‘with Eric Clapton on guitar’ was added to the description.

Potentially some potential I thought but when the buggers made it clear they were pissing off to University I packed it in. They may have careers and money now but I still have my principals!

Christine-The-Perfect-Union-web

Here are a few examples of their ouvre which all go on a bit long except Sister Ray which is about twenty minutes too short.

Murder My Emotion 1986

From the Perfect Union Cassette

This was based on Adrian Mitchell‘s To Whom It May Concern

Fireworld 1986

From the Perfect Union Cassette

That bass line has a certain familiarity.

Sister Ray 1986

Live At Collyer’s College ‘Orsham

Joy Division added an extra chord to their take on Sister Ray and we added yet another so our version was obviously superior to the Velvet Underground original.

This was from a charity gig at Collyers College in Horsham at the end of March 1986 and the keyboards are a bit quiet as they were so loud on stage there wasn’t much of them going through the mixing desk from which the recording was largely taken.

Cracked Black 1986

From Fred & Friends

This was after I left but as they’d had some problems recording and as the machine they’d borrowed had to be back the next day I played on it to get it done. This is of the few tracks I was involved in writing. You can hear my pure pop sensibility coming through.

Me & t’bass player were Voice Of The Rain alsowise.

Playlist: Christine & Fred

The video playlist above includes a couple of tracks I recorded with Christine’s singer in 1988, Heaven This Side Of Heaven and Stay This Way, the latter of which way originally a much faster track written with Richard of Voice Of The Rain as well as Fred I slowed it down and used my entire arsenal of three effects pedals to get a swirly pad like background..

Cover of the Freddie Past & Present cassette album which is a combination of hand written title and personnel information and cut and pasted images

Stay this way originally a much faster track written with Richard of Voice Of The Rain as well as Fred which I slowed it down and used my entire arsenal of three effects pedals to get a swirly pad like background.