ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE - 1990
Child - A flamboyant fashion plate serves us up a hot hit.
DOUBLE TAKES BEGIN AS SOON as Jane Child pops out of her
1972 blue Citroen at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles.
Even though the Canadian singer isn't wearing the chain
that usually connects her nose ring to an earring, she's
still an exotic sight: The spiky patch of hair that crowns
her head skirted by a field of braided blond corn-rows reaching
down to her ankles.
whose debut album, Jane Child, recently spawned the Top
Five single "Don't Wanna Fall in Love;' graciously
stops to sign autographs for the fans who recognize her
from the song's video but remains oblivious to the stares.
I've been walking around like this for six years,"
she says. It's not something I give much thought."
Nevertheless, she's set aside a whole day tomorrow for her
monthly hair braiding -- -a process that requires fourteen
hard to believe that this outrageously attired woman was
once a plain Jane. The daughter of two classical musicians,
Child had almost no exposure to rock music while growing
up in Toronto.I was always going to become a concert
pianist," she says. "When I was fifteen, I needed
a summer job and saw an ad in the paper for a keyboard player.
I figured rock & roll couldn't be that difficult, and
of course I was wrong."
job was playing original "free form" rock in remote
northern Canadian towns for twenty-five dollars a week.
The improvised jams liberated the teenage pianist, and Child
dropped out of high school, abandoning her plans to attend
Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music. Instead, she tinkered
with synthesizers, teaching herself to program computerized
late 1988, Child landed a deal with Warner Bros. She produced
and played all the instruments on her debut album with the
exception of the guitar parts. Now that the album is a bona
fide hit, Child is pleased that she's being recognized for
her songs as well as her flamboyant fashion style. When
one well-wisher at the Farmers' Market says, "I
enjoy your music, your video; your talent...and your braids;'
Child gives him a Mona Lisa smile. "I like the order
of that," she says.