Christopher: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 9, 2021

277) Christopher — “The Race”

This is the B-side of Christopher’s only single (’70), a biting indictment of ultra-competitiveness in the “whoever dies with the most toys wins” vein.

It appears that Christopher is actually Christopher Neil, who, according to Wikipedia, “is an Irish record producer, songwriter, singer, and actor” who “started in the mid-sixties as a singer with Manchester group the Chuckles.” He produced records for, among others, A-ha, Celine Dion, Cher, Gerry Rafferty, Rod Stewart, Sheena Easton and the Moody Blues. In the ’70s, he played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar . . . and later that decade starred in two British sex comedies — Adventures of a Private Eye and Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate (in addition to writing and singing the theme songs). Well, no one can say that he was typecast!

“I’ll race you in my mini car that’s [?] all the rage, I won the race to get the car when I won the highest wage. I’ll race you for expensive clothes and all that’s good in life. I’ll race you for a husband, I’ll race you for a wife. I’ll race you through the years with a smile upon my face, confident in winning but having really lost the race. I’ll race you till you’re sleeping and restless in your bed, I’ll race you till you’re aging, I’ll race you till you’re dead.”

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