AAZHYD CHINA DOLL 1987
Steve Stapleton planted the idea…."You simply have to make ACID China Doll…"
Living in my tiny little room in an Amsterdam squat , living out of the local snack bar on Tuesdays and Thursdays ,living on crumbs of human kindness during the rest of the week, the challenge seemed huge.How
to live up to a title like that.
I'd spent the last of my money on an 8-track recorder ,a mixing desk and an Akai sampler.Getting from the door to the bed by the wall involved climbing very carefully. Engineering was done laying down as there was no room for a chair. Still Barry managed to set up his amp and play some inspired guitar parts on what was meant to become the ultimate album in the China Doll series.
In the end I was proud of the uneven beast that emerged, but not proud enough to call it "Acid China doll". Consequently I changed the spelling.
The record company didn't seem to like it and worse they released it in my absence (I was on tour).One
whole channel dropped out on one of the tracks as no-one checked the test pressing.
I broke down in their office ,pleading for a re-press. Somebody suggested that they released records by people like Edward Ka-Spel as an act of "charity."This was a relationship that seemed doomed from that moment although they DID put a lot of things right with a cd reissue a few years later- something I still appreciate.
I love "Aazhyd China Doll"…just wish I'd made the record that didn't require a change in the spelling.