8 December 1966, Dublin, Eire. This Irish singer combined her highly distinctive vocal range with striking post-feminist imagery to great commercial effect on both sides of the Atlantic, establishing herself in the late 80s and early 90s as one of the most potent left-field forces in popular music.
OConnor endured a turbulent youth and diagnoses of behavioural problems, which included shoplifting and being expelled from school. She signed her first recording contract with Ensign Records in 1985. Her previous experience was limited to sessions with Dublin pop band Ton Ton Macoute. Nigel Grainge, the labels co-manager, allowed her a full year to develop her knowledge of music and the industry by helping around the office, before the sessions for her debut album began. Through connections on the Dublin music scene, OConnor provided the vocals to U2 guitarist The Edges soundtrack for The Captive. The track...