❝woke up remembering the making of this track “kind of easy”. it was early 1988 & i was living in paris w/my two daughters & working at a film production house called premiere heure as an art director. they had a small sound studio w/this weird 12 track akai desk that saved to betamax type tapes. latest thing at the time possibly. anyway it’s what they had settled on. they also had a minitel which will give you some b/r on the time. look it up—minitel—it’s worth it. trust me on this. in any case i read the manual for the akai 12 track & when karl bonnie came for a visit we put this track together. in between working on the track we listened (only) to “i’d rather go blind” etta james version* as sort of an ear refresher. or ear refreshener as it were. *no particular reason—just a crazy worth-it track.
we sent the finished ("kind of easy") track on cassette (w/a B-side i’m still trying to remember) via post to john baker at gee street studios in london who was just starting to put out things like the jungle brothers—which we had also sampled. he called back & asked us to come into the studio & make some recordings. i did a job for albert watson/italian vogue & franca sozzani arranged for me to move back to london w/the two babies. karl & i went into the studio w/fachtna o’cellaigh helping arrange the logistic details. we recorded a few tracks w/a few other people sitting in—helen terry (!) doing some backing vocals etc. we recorded “when he come back” & “the boy who used to whistle” & then went back to john baker who told us he wasn’t all that enthusiastic about the the tracks. specifically he told me that it reminded him of “some stuff that timothy leary did” which was ridiculous on many levels deep we thought. karl went back to gee street at night & stole our tapes back—the 2” masters. i went to see martin heath at rhythm king w/these tapes & he gave me a small but fair deal on the spot & we put those tracks out on white label & then made “witch”. karl was signed to mute at the time w/renegade soundwave so we made a gentleman’s contract between us—which i still have. for what it’s worth.