"We covered the John Cale song because we’re all big fans of the Velvets and many of their solo albums, too. Lyrically ‘Gun’ is a great story – very dark, intriguing characters. We were never going to try and do a similar version to the original because it has an almost untouchable energy, full of amphetamine. We wanted to make it kind of spookier and warped."
The Academy In Peril will be reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl on specialty label 4 Men With Beards. Remastering by engineer Gary Hobish (A. Hammer Masterging). The album will be housed in the die-cut custom gatefold jacket, designed by Andy Warhol.
John Cale will be performing at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN (March 28-30). The festival celebrates the avant-garde. Also on the bill: Steve Reich, Julia Holter, Susanna, Son Lux, Buke & Gase.
He will act as keynote speaker at Liverpool Sound City (May 2). There will be a Q&A too.