as the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name if you want to save your soul from Hell a-riding on our range then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride trying to catch the devil’s herd, across these endless skies
“Susan Christie is an American singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had a minor hit with the novelty song "I Love Onions” (written by Donald Cochrane and John Hill). The track, which peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966, is described as having a sound reminiscent of the 1930s, with Christie’s “breathy” vocal backed by a chorus of kazoo players and male backup singers.
In Canada, however, the single fared much better, reaching #19 on the RPM 100 national singles chart on August 1, 1966. The tune was adapted as “I Love Funyuns” for a late 60’s TV commercial for an onion-flavored snack food. The tune was later adapted for a Canadian television commercial as “I Love Turtles” in 1980.
Signed to Columbia Records, Christie recorded an album in 1970, Paint a Lady. Described as “psychedelic folk music”, the album went unreleased by Columbia, which considered it to be non-commercial, and Christie was dropped from the label. The album, of which only three vinyl copies were ever pressed, languished in obscurity until 2006, when Manchester-based DJ Andy Votel received a copy and brought the album renewed attention and a CD release. SPIN magazine described the album as “funky free folk” filled with “[b]rilliantly original songs” and Christie as a “dark, strange songbird”.
Christie participated in the 2008 “Lost Ladies of Folk” project spearheaded by Votel and his spouse, recording artist Jane Weaver, performing in concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and appearing on the compilation album Bearded Ladies. In 2010, Christie appeared as a guest artist on Weaver’s album The Fallen By Watch Bird.“
How rare can a rare record be? - medium rare? uncooked? how about unreleased?
Susan Christie was a Philly based sophomore folk singer who had one novelty hit for a major label and never quite recovered - Afterwards, her psychedelic take on country standards and hand crafted tales of inner-city solitude backed by a break heavy folk-funk rhythm section was never accepted as a commercial viabilty by record company big-wigs - They obviously couldnt quite muster their nostradamus sensibilities to forsee what future hiphop producers and DJ’s would be feeding into digital music-machines 30 years down the line!
Luckily three -fifths of a handful (literally three!) privately pressed vanity copies were manufactured in early 1970 one of which became the source material for Finders Keepers 6th LP in their expanding library of obscure, obtuse, obsolete and obsessive vintage music from the 60’s and 70’s. Uber legend John Hill who penned the acid-rock floor-filler ‘LOVE,LOVE,LOVE,LOVE,LOVE,’ for 'Wool’ and 'Pacific Gas And Electric’ produced the LP which featues 8 tracks including a Johnny Cash cover and a 12 minute 'drugsploitation’ epic called 'Yesterday - Where’s My Mind’ featuring Susan flipping vocal styles between Janis Joplin and Margo Guryan (…who was in fact a close friend of Susans at the time of recording).