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“This is my first solo record. I made it in New York at Electric Lady Studios, and I chose an interesting group of players to work with me. I had Bootsy Collins on bass, Jerome ‘Big Foot’ Brailey on drums and Bernie Worrell on keys. You’d look at those names and think, ‘Oh, he’s making a funk record,’ but I didn’t. It’s a really trippy Bowie meets whomever sort of thing.
“As is typical with me, there were all sorts of artists coming by and playing on it. I was really good friends with Lady Miss Kier, and she came in with some girls from Harlem to do backing vocals. Mick came down, so he’s singing a bit.
Lou Reed plays guitar, Laurie Anderson whispers strange things on it – it became this big experimentation record. One day, David Sanborn came in and said that he would like to play saxophone on a track, and I said, ‘Well, can you have an argument with Carly Simon at the end?’ So they did; it’s a song called Oh No, Not You Again. They argue like crazy. The record label was like, ‘Hang on, this is weird. People arguing on a record?’ But I said, ‘Oh, no, it’s really cool.’
“The label was never behind the record, really. It got great reviews in Rolling Stone and various places. Without the label doing anything, a single called Heart Of Stone started to be played on the radio in Europe, and it became a massive hit. After that, people began to discover the album.”