9 March 2022
JOHN DAVIES CALE was born on 9 March 1942 in Wales, UK. Happy 80 to one of the most authentic, high-quality singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, avant-garde artists, and affecting voices in rock history. He also made a name as a masterly and adventurous producer (among so many artists he was behind the mix table for masterpieces such as the debut LP of Patti Smith (Horses) and the debut of The Stooges.
Most people know him as the musical innovator and violist of groundbreaking legends
The Velvet Underground alongside that other icon, the late Lou Reed. But, as it always happens, two big egos in a band is one too many.
In 1968, after two VU albums, Cale left and started a formidable solo career. He canned
16 solo albums (so far), with MFans (new versions of songs from his praised 1982 LP Music For A New Society as the most recent one), released in 2016. He collaborated
with countless musicians (a lot with his good friend and equally genial Brian Eno), and
composed multiple scores for movies, and still produced work of others.
So hard to choose only 3 memorable Cale moments, but here we go…
– STYLE IT TAKES –
(Pearl from the ‘Songs For Drella’ LP)
– FEAR IS A MAN’S BEST FRIEND –
(From 1974 album ‘Fear’)
– GUTS –
(From 1975 album ‘Slow Dazzle’)
I know it would be a crime not to stream/play one of his
best, if not his ultimate best LP ever, on his 80th birthday .
His 3rd longplayer PARIS 1919 from 1973…