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“I was pretty young when I made this record. It was an important album for me because I was working with a very new band, and at the same time I achieved my first Top 10 single. This was a great boost for me.
“Johnny McElhone, the bassist, had been in the bands Hipsway and Altered Images, so he’d been around, and he knew what was what. Sharleen Spiteri, the singer, was very new to everything and very young. Until then she had been a hairdresser – Johnny had only recently discovered her and suddenly she found herself in a band making her first record. She took direction well, with Johnny and I leading the way.
“Sharleen had done an amazing job on the demo for the song I Don’t Want A Lover – absolutely fabulous. She tried to re-record it several times for the album, but she could never beat what she’d done on the demo. This was all pre-Pro Tools, but I managed to fly in the vocal from the demo, line by line. The label loved it and commented on how I had got a great vocal out of her.”