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John Cale: Caged Heat

Profile and Interview by Mick Gold, Melody Maker, July 1974

JOHN CALE is sitting in a preview theatre, cowering in the shadow of the London Hilton to see a screening of this movie hes scored ...

John Cale

Interview by William Higham, What's On, November 1990

Musical bogeyman John Cale has a new album out with Brian Eno. He talks to William Higham about the new LP and when the chickens ...

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John Cale (1974)

Interview by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1974

Cale talks about his musical life, from King's College Cambridge to Fear, via La Monte Young and the Velvet Underground.

File format: mp3; file size: 48.1mb, interview length: 52' 32" sound quality: ***

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Shards of Velvet Afloat in London: Nico and John Cale

Report and Interview by Robert Greenfield, Rolling Stone, February 1971

JOHN CALE REACHES too hard for the pay phone in the lobby of his hotel. Bang. It explodes into the soft corner of his forehead, ...

John Cale: Paris 1919

Review by Mick Gold, Let It Rock, October 1973

IN THE PAST John Cale has appeared to be engaged in investing themes of madness and chaos with a deranged from of classical dignity. I ...

The Mysterious Journey of John Cale

Profile and Interview by Mick Gold, Creem, October 1974

Part One: I was a prisoner in a lesbian lobotomy jail. I'VE TWICE missed making contact with John Cale and I'm getting tired of ...

Kevin Ayers/John Cale/Eno/Nico: June 1, 1974 (Island)

Review by Ira Robbins, Zoo World, October 1974

LIVE ALBUMS have become an abundant nuisance which bands seem to feel an obligation to produce every few years, often with no redeeming content. The ...

John Cale: Fear

Review by Mick Gold, Let It Rock, November 1974

BILL HENDERSON of Sounds has written with seductive simplicity that Paris 1919 (Cale's last release) was an album created in America 'about' Europe, whereas Fear ...

Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico & Eno: June 1,1974 (Island)

Review and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Creem, December 1974

Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Eno & the Soporifics: The Inmates Have Taken Over ...

John Cale: Cale and Eno Horror Story…

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, February 1975

CO-STARRING ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL CHOIR ...

Eno: The Monkey Wrench Of Rock Creates Happy Accidents On Tiger Mt.

Profile and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, April 1975

One day Eno is going to formulate a theory that will make music melt out of the North Pole (maybe he'll do it with mirrors), ...

John Cale: Fear (Island); Nico: The End (Island)

Review by Mick Brown, Crawdaddy!, May 1975

ALONG WITH Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico were members of the first – and definitive – incarnation of the Velvet Underground. ...

John Cale: Slow Dazzle

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, May 1975

THE FIRST TRACK on John Cale's Slow Dazzle is so excellent that I played it eight times before I could bring myself to continue. ...

John Cale: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

EUROPE'S MOST DECADENT capital: inflatable paramours dangling like trussed chickens in the windows of the sex shops, hookers in their shop windows, the smack centre ...

John Cale: Guts (Island)***

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1977

GUTS. GOOD.And there's ol' John, looking aristocratically manic on the sleeve, in a white jumpsuit, leaning perilously back, twanging at a white flying-V guitar. Ensemble ...

The Weirdest John Cale Interview You've Ever Read...

Interview by Jane Suck, Sounds, September 1977

I COULD be some other little girl reporter and tell you how I arrived for the interview on the verge of imminent throw-up; how I ...

Fan Fare for the Uncommon Man

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, September 1977

AARON COPELAND DIDN'T know what he was letting the world in for when he sent John Cale a letter authorising the young Welshman's scholarship at ...

John Cale: Sabotage/Live (Spy Import)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1980

THE COVER of this, his first album in almost five years, shows John Cale wearing the only sensible accessories for the true cold war ...

John Cale: Rock's Honourable Psychotic

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, April 1981

Welsh-American wizard John Cale and Stratham scribe Paul Rambali look over their shoulders at each other and talk history and paranoia. ...

John Cale: Honi Soit... (A&M)

Review by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, June 1981

THE ALBUM TITLE is part of a motto on the British Royal Coat of Arms, "Honi soit qui mal y pense." "Evil to him who ...

John Cale: Honi Soit

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, August 1981

WHEN JOHN CALE left the Velvet Underground for ever more mysterious sojourns, the theme he took with him was one of violence. ...

John Cale: The Academic In Peril

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, August 1981

ADDRESSES THE INEVITABLE"I don't really aim for being a 'renaissance man' or anything like that – but sometimes you end up that, if you do ...

John Cale: Music for a New Society

Review by Van Gosse, Village Voice, The, January 1982

ON THE BASIS of his new LP, it would be too easy to discover that John Cale is a Big Fake, maybe The Big Fake, ...

John Cale: Music For A New Society (Island)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, September 1982

A STRONGER, loving world... The fulcrum of John Cale's work is its granite paradox, a loathsome ugliness garbed in the colours of rhapsody. Cale's abiding ...

A Stronger Music to Die In: John Cale’s New Society

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1983

"The great Welsh singer, pianist, guitarist, composer and arranger, who in 1967 was responsible for the most significant structural change in rock since Elvis's Sun ...

Rebel Without a Sanity Clause: John Cale’s Caribbean Sunset (Ze/Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, January 1984

HARDBOILED GOING on soft-headed, John Cale as chronicler of the man of action invariably topples over into drunken, unremitting and participatory relish of the deeds ...

John Cale: Cale Force Nine

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1984

"WHAT THE HELL else have I got but that spell?" roars John Cale onstage in a performance of ‘Leaving It Up To You’. ...

Lou Reed and John Cale: Deja VU

Comment by Byron Coley, Spin, April 1989

POPULAR RUMOR has long held that Lou Reed and John Cale are mortal enemies. ...

John Cale and Lou Reed: Songs For Drella

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1990

ANDY WARHOL'S NAME was all over the famous banana sleeve of The Velvet Underground's debut album. ...

John Cale/Lou Reed: 15 Minutes With You

Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, July 1990

THE HECKLER'S voice sounded its fury like a cannon about midway through Lou Reed and John Cale's performance of Songs For Drella, a pop requiem ...

John Cale: The Forum, London

Live Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, December 1993

THIS SUMMER'S VELVET UNDERGROUND reunion inevitably recast John Cale in the role of Lou Reed's foil. After all, while the Velvets clearly depend on the ...

John Cale: Music for the Last Day

Interview by Ian Penman, Wire, July 1994

JOHN CALE IS rock's international traveller, his work a trans-continental drift of moons and maps, seas and seachange, envoys and ennui. From his early (unfashionable) ...

John Cale and Patti Smith: How We Met

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Independent on Sunday, August 1996

JOHN CALE, 55, rock musician and composer, was born in South Wales, moved to New York in the early 1960s and became a founder member ...

John Cale: Remembrance Of Things Past

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 1997

WHEN THE VELVET Underground split, John Cale flew the coop most effectively. While his partner Lou Reed (who evicted Cale from the band in 1968) ...

John Cale: Central Park Life

Interview by Cliff Jones, Arena Homme Plus, Fall 1997

John Cale arrived in New York City in 1963, a 21-year-old classical music prodigy from the Welsh valleys. He never went home. Via the colour ...

John Cale: What's Welsh for Zen?

Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, January 1999

THE VELVET Underground in their classic phase (1966-1968) lasted barely two years and released only two studio albums, but their influence has been immense. ...

John Cale meets LCD Soundsystem

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2007

They are both stars of New York's music scene - pioneers of the coolest pop, separated by 30 years. James Murphy and John Cale get ...

Cold, Black Style: The John Cale Interview

Interview by Mark Mordue, Rock's Backpages, January 2010

N.B. An edited version of this story appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum on January 2, 2010. ...

Writing To Reach You

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, March 2012

Because sometimes the only way musicians can actually talk to each other is by writing songs ...

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