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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso


"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


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"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" - laurie anderson


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity bom. -john cale


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i mean every letter in the words in the sentences of my quotes." -lil' wayne


"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen


"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk


ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch


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#969: jonathan richman - vincent van gogh (australian interview with john cale) (1983)

come for john cale on a couch in sunglasses staying very still while jonathan richman sings—immeasurably less upsetting to watch than the opposite, teetotaling jonathan richman squirming on the same couch while late-drug-era john cale tries to explain himself and plays chinese envoy . but stay for jonathan richman, the swingiest man the caucasians have ever known: look at him go. he even smiles when late-drug john cale responds angrily at the end of the song here when asked if he met j.r. as an a&r man.

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sure john cale caught a shiner but you should’ve seen what he did to lou reed.

sure john cale caught a shiner but you should’ve seen what he did to lou reed.

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jools holland, someone in squeeze who looks like spencer morgan, and a john cale shirt that beats the bowtie.

jools holland, someone in squeeze who looks like spencer morgan, and a john cale shirt that beats the bowtie.

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#891: john cale - i keep a close watch (1983, germany)

bloomberg news, don jeffrey, jan 11 2012: the velvet underground sued the andy warhol foundation, accusing it of infringing the trademark for the banana design on the cover of the rock group’s first album in 1967. the band’s founders, lou reed and john cale, said that the foundation infringed the design by licensing it to third parties, according to the complaint filed today in federal court in manhattan. the warhol foundation claimed it has a copyright interest in the design, according to the lawsuit. the velvet underground partnership said in the complaint that the design can’t be copyrighted because it’s in the public domain. the banana image warhol furnished for the illustration came from an advertisement that was in the public domain, according to the complaint. the illustration appeared on the album cover without a copyright notice and no one sought to copyright it, according to the complaint. that put the design in the public domain, the group said 

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#854: john cale - antarctica starts here & taking it all away (rockpalast, 1983)

if there were a revolutionary movement against the velvet underground, it would displace lou reed with john cale, and the masses would congregate and throw confetti from windowsills.

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back of john cale’s cale street
(great dane records)

back of john cale’s cale street

(great dane records)

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mr. cale is as happy as an easter island statue even when he’s on his own street.
(great dane records)

mr. cale is as happy as an easter island statue even when he’s on his own street.

(great dane records)

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#804: kevin ayers - falling in love again (1976)

i’ve never been this full-heartedly romantic or this half-liddedly druggy, but someone’s got to be and thank god it’s kevin ayers. the man slept with his bandmate john cale’s wife the night before this, prompting dear john to later say, “the bugger in the short sleeves fucked my wife, did it quick and split.” that’s the first line of guts, the first song on the album of the same name (the one with the outstanding elvis presley and jonathan richman covers.) kevin ayers had guts, and he also had the ability to make a piano explode by gently tossing a glass of champagne into it after he’s done playing: just watch.

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#796: billy swan - don’t be cruel (1975)

elvis presley filled a bath with warm cough syrup, washed for the first time in days, drank up the bathwater, dried off his pompadour, stepped out of the steamy bathroom, emptied eight prescriptions from dr. nick*, slowly dressed up as a wild west sheriff, opened his mouth, and that’s how he turned into a beautiful billy swan. 

really though, a girl played this for me for the first time very late one night last week and i thought i’d just about fall over. i once swore that john cale’s heartbreak hotel was the best elvis presley cover from 1975, but, friends, a man who can admit he was wrong about something important is a man indeed.

*dr. george c. “nick” nichopoulos, not dr. nick riviera

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the face john cale made when he found out he came in 2nd place in the 1975 elvis presley cover competition.

the face john cale made when he found out he came in 2nd place in the 1975 elvis presley cover competition.

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oh and a tenth thing to know about richard thompson is that there’s a good doodle of him on the cover of fairport convention’s what we did on our holidays. an eleventh is that he played on john cale’s fear, which could’ve been the first thing to know.

oh and a tenth thing to know about richard thompson is that there’s a good doodle of him on the cover of fairport convention’s what we did on our holidays. an eleventh is that he played on john cale’s fear, which could’ve been the first thing to know.

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#723: lou reed and john cale - berlin (1972, the bataclan theater)

smoking cigarettes is not a good idea unless you’re lou reed singing in the 11th arrondissement about germany with john cale playing the piano sadly and nico looking on with her arms crossed. or, of course, if you’re baden powell.

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#716: pavement - major leagues (1999)

any common genius can include christmas-in-the-title christmas songs on his or her christmas mix (i.e. child’s christmas in wales by john cale, remember (christmas) by harry nilsson, in the hot sun of a christmas day by caetano veloso, merry christmas baby by chuck berry, christmas party by the walkmen, et al).

but it takes a special someone to include major leagues—the pretty song pavement made just as it was dying—on account of the line “magic christians chew the rind,” which really sounds like “magic christmas so sublime” if you’re not paying attention.

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john cale isn’t just better than lou, he’s louder and softer and closer and nearer.
what’s more, his 1973 album paris 1919 (download it here) is very pretty! plus it has lowell george and other members of little feat playing glorious backup, which goes a good way toward making up for leaving the velvet underground.

john cale isn’t just better than lou, he’s louder and softer and closer and nearer.

what’s more, his 1973 album paris 1919 (download it here) is very pretty! plus it has lowell george and other members of little feat playing glorious backup, which goes a good way toward making up for leaving the velvet underground.

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