It was sheer embarrassment as much as anything that brought Nigel Grainge and Sinead O’Connor together.
The music executive had seen the Irish singer perform several weeks earlier with a band that was so singularly awful that Grainge had trouble putting a finger on what was worse — their songs or their performance. She, however, was interesting.
But when O’Connor later called him up to say she’d left the band and was looking for a record label, Grainge drew a blank.
“Sinead? Sinead? Do I know a Sinead?”
Embarrassed and too much of a gentlemen to react otherwise, Grainge told The Times in 1990 that he arranged for her to get some studio time. The results, and...