Andy Slater, who managed the Wallflowers, walked into my office with a story about the 17-year-old babysitter of a mutual friend. He played her demo, and we were blown away. We signed her without even meeting her. Andy assured me Fiona Apple was beautiful. It was the first time he undersold anything. Then she did publicity and talked about being raped at 12we had no idea. Her debut album, Tidal, was delayed until she saw a therapist. I wasnt going to put her in a stressful situation unless she had some therapy. I asked Fiona to sign the poster for that album. Instead she drew a mustachethis is her interpretation of Fiona Apple. Its one of my greatest artifacts.
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