“The first Spiritual Cowboys album was produced by Chris Thomas. I had just come out of the Eurythmics, producing 10 albums in a row or something, so I wanted to have somebody else’s perspective. Chris is an amazing producer, and he’s done some of my favorite records. For the second one, he was busy producing INXS, so I did this one myself in my house in France with the band playing live.
“I had created a great little band, with Martin Chambers from the Pretenders on drums. We also had Olle Romo on drums, so he and Martin played a double drumming kind of thing, much in the way that Ringo Starr did with Jim Keltner. It was a terrific band – Nan Vernon on guitar and backing vocals, Jonathan Perkins on keyboards, John Turnbull on guitar from the Blockheads.
We’d done a lot of live work, so we made a record that was very much us just playing. I didn’t want typical session people in the band. It was the beginning of me liking playing live again, which then led to The Blackbird Diaries. There’s a lot of tracks on this record that I really love – Fade Away, Cat With A Tale. That last song is very experimental; it has people making tea in the kitchen and a cat meowing.
“I never cared what the record label thought about anything, singles and what not. I’m still sort of like that. Even with the Eurythmics, we delivered a lot of albums with singles, but we never thought, ‘Hey, we’re making a single.’ I always thought more like Pink Floyd.”