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

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD

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.

“Penelope Breedlove, lovely girl with long black hair. Penelope Breedlove worries not, ain’t got a care. She knows just where she’s at and where’s she’s going to. Penelope Breedlove, pleased to meet you. The night when you need me [chorus” need me”], call my name and I’ll be there. I want you to feed me, [chorus: “feed me”], feed me love so warm and rare. And I will give you love the way you want me to. Penelope Breedlove, how I want you. [chorus: “Please, Penelope Breedlove”] She’s so full of nice and kind. [chorus: “Please, Penelope Breedlove”] She can come and blow my mind anytime. Penelope Breedlove [chorus: “Breedlove”], would you like to walk with me? Penelope Breedlove [chorus: “Breedlove”], would you like to talk to me? Love [?] so we can laugh and get so strong and true. Penelope Breedlove, how I love you.”

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