Paul Young: how we made Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)

How did an obscure Marvin Gaye B-side end up one of the biggest hits of the 80s? With a little help from Stravinsky – and an out of tune bass

Chrysalis Records saw my group, Q-Tips, as a party band. They weren’t doing much for our careers. Then, when the label dropped us, our manager said: “There’s not a lot of interest in the band, but there’s a lot of interest in you.” I thought I could make a solo album, then go back to the band. But No Parlez was the end of me and Q-Tips.

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