#1 Christopher Nissen (born January 31, 1992) is a Danish singer from Copenhagen, signed to EMI Denmark. In November 2012 he won an award at the Danish Music Awards 2012. He was awarded New Thinker of the Year (Årets nytænker), given by Spotify as an innovation prize. His debut single was “Against the Odds”, written by Kay & Ndustry, Kasper Larsen, Ole Brodersen, Curtis Richa and Johan Wetterberg, and produced by Kay & Ndustry and GL Music’s Lasse Lindorff. It was released in September 2011, reaching number 23 on the Danish Singles Chart. The accompanying music video is directed by Nicolas Tobias Følsgaard and Jonas Lodahl Andersen. His follow-up single, “Nothing in Common”, entered the Danish Singles Chart straight at number 5 in 2012. His debut album, “Colours”, was released on March 23, 2012. Two singles, “Told you so” (released in late 2013) and “Crazy” (released on January 31, 2014) announced his second album, “Told you so”, released on March 24, 2014.
#2 Another one of Texas’ wealth of interesting, late-’60s psychedelic bands.
Christopher came together in 1968 in the Houston area. Doug Tull (drums), Doug Walden (bass, vocals), and Richard Avitts (guitar, vocals) were the original members of the band, which was originally known as United Gas. Tull and Avitts, at the time playing in a series of R&B and soul-leaning groups, first met in 1966 when Tull sat in on drums with one of Avitts’ bands. Tull, however, was not as serious about the music as Avitts, leading to an eventual split. Tull developed a friendship around this time with Jefferson Airplane guitarist and Texas native Jorma Kaukonen, and, in 1967, invited Avitts to jam with them. Certain that they had the makings of a band, the two went searching for a bassist who could sing, eventually finding Doug Walden. It was not long before United Gas developed a following in and around Houston, playing local clubs such as Tangerine Forest, whose owner, Nick Lee, developed an interest in the band, eventually becoming their manager. Walden and Avitts began writing their own material and recorded a demo that Lee had circulated around Las Vegas and Los Angeles by his connections in those cities. United Gas moved to Las Vegas for a brief time and then to Los Angeles after L.A. record label Metromedia offered them a two-year contract. At the behest of Metromedia, the band changed their name to Christopher so that they wouldn’t be confused with similarly monikered California band Pacific Gas & Electric. Walden and Avitts felt Christopher to be a religious band — the name is derived from Saint Christopher — and wanted to convey this through the music. Recording of their first album started in early 1969; however, it was hampered by Tull’s drug use and his failed suicide attempt. He was fired (later returning to Houston and joining Josephus) and the sessioins were completed with drummers John Simpson and Terrence Hand. The result was Christopher’s self-titled debut album, released in a single 1970 pressing of a thousand LPs by Metromedia. Walden and Avitts remained in Los Angeles playing as Christopher until Avitts returned to Houston later in the year.
Christopher - Christopher (1970)
01. Dark Road
02. Magic Cycles
03. Wilbur Lite
04. In Your Time
05. Beautiful Lady
08. The Wind
09. Queen Mary
10. Burns Decision
#3 Hailing from Toronto Canada, Christopher, who found most conventions and current musical climates quite disagreeable, is a 3rd generation student drop out of Bela Bartok. Originally a classically trained guitarist, Christopher transmuted into a multi-ethnic dual gender vocal firestorm and fringe composer. The first incarnation was the 2001 release wer Next Projekt which according to writer Garry Sharpe-Young was “A truly remarkable piece of work.”
Fast forward 5 years of relocating, reinventing, whimsical auditions for Finnish metal bands, studio fires and floods, Smoke and Origination is released; a 68 minute opus that shares some of the same discordant ambitions Brian Wilson laid down in “Pet Sounds” back in the 60’s. Unlike the sunny disposition of Brian Wilson’s opus, “Smoke and Origination” documents urban sprawl and the cannibalistic homogenization of western life.
GARY LUCAS drms A
BILL McKEE bs A
STEVE NAGLE gtr A
FRANK SMOAK ld gtr A
1(A) WHAT’CHA GONNA DO? (Chris-tee PRP 12411) 1970
NB: (1) reissued on Rockadelic subsidiary (Animus Ochlus AOLP 102) 1990 and later on (Atlas 12 411 15) 1999. (1) also reissued officially on CD (Scenescof SCOFCD 1003).
This is another fine album by an entirely different band, from North Carolina. Only 100 copies were pressed originally making it an ultra rarity, although the recent reissues on Rockadelic/Atlas will bring it to the attention of a wider audience. There’s lots of good guitar work on this album, from the fuzz psych of Holiday (with its effective drumming) and Modern Day Oracle to the bluesy guitar on Day Of Sunshine and the title cut and the more melodic and mellow mood of The Great Clock and Fugue. Recommended.
Edited by DJ_MW on 23 Mar 2014, 21:04
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