Dave Christie: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 11, 2022


512) Dave Christie — “Penelope Breedlove“

OK, that is Penelope Pitstop, not Penelope Breedlove, but, as Jonathan Calder says, “I can discover nothing about the singer of this, very 1968 song. Even Marmalade Skies calls him ‘the mysterious Mr Christie’.” (http://liberalengland.blogspot.com/2014/01/dave-christie-penelope-breedlove.html?m=1)

Christie’s ’68 B-side (from the first of his two singles) is indeed very ’68, and very English. Garwood Pickjon says that that “Penelope” is full of “Zombies-likes eclecticism” (https://popdiggers.com/various-artists-fading-yellow-vol-8-9/) and Richie Unterberger says that it is full of “nearly baroque moodiness with influence from both classical music and Beach Boys harmonies” (http://www.richieunterberger.com/winter2007albums.html#Various_Artists_Fairytales_Can_Come) Come to think of it, Penelope Breedlove and Penelope Breedlove Pitstop really weren’t all that dissimilar, and “Penelope Breedlove” would have made a fine theme song to The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, which didn’t really have a theme song.

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