John Cale
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

Timeline: 1976

Police demo

Produces demo sessions of the Police. The recordings never see the light of day.

My Generation

Cale regularly plays bass on the My Generation encore while supporting the Patti Smith Group throughout January. A recording of the song at The Agora, Cleveland, January 26th, us released as the b-side of Gloria. Included in the re-issue of Smith's Horses album in 1996.

He oftens opens for the Patti Smith Group. Cale features on many Smith live bootlegs from this era, like Hard Nipples. This bootleg also contain a version of (I Keep A) Close Watch.

David Byrne and John Cale © 1976 Lisa J. Kral

CBGB's and The Ocean Club

Cale plays a lot of live dates in the New York club CBGB's. He jams with the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and Lou Reed.

Debris' Gun

American group Debris covers Gun. This version is included as a bonus track on the cd re-issue of their Static Disposal album.

Chalk Farm sessions

Cuts a couple tracks at Chalk Farm Studios in London. Some of these will later surface on the Animal Justice ep (1978). The track Ton Ton Macoute gets shelved.

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman starts to handle Cale's business affairs. They fall in love and start living together.

"I averaged $ 40,000 a year of which Wartoke gave me a weekly allowance, but I spent most of it on alcohol and drugs."


© 1999- Hans Werksman