John Cale
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John Cale - Producer

Searching for sound

Producing Siouxsie - photo: Bob Berg

Cale has been busy producing artists since the late Sixties, when he captured the raw sound of the Stooges and the teutonic tones of Nico.

Production jobs came and went (and sometimes fell through), but he is still in demand by acts who want "Producer: John Cale" in the liner notes of their albums.

"I really love producing other artists. I love helping someone achieve his goals. I always try to approach it from the point of view, "What would a Zen master do in these circumstances?' And that is not to give the artist a direct answer to all his questions, but to suggest a solution by other means. You've got to stick to what you believe in. It might be lucrative for me to work with a particular personality, but if I don't feel sympathetic to what he's doing, I'm just letting myself down. And you lose all your credibility if you do that."

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Producing overview

After the Quadrophonic project for rival record label Columbia fails to take off, Cale joins Warners as a staff producer in 1971. He moves from New York to Los Angeles.
Warners hopes to make a quadrophonic version of A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick. The costs of refitting the theatres for the new sound is too high to make it happen.

Cale however was not compatible with big company big bucks producing methods and he left in 1975. He has been freelancing ever since.

In the seventies he produced the classic Horses album by the Patti Smith Group.

In the eighties he produced New Wave groups like Made for TV and Belgian singers of the Lio variety.

The nineties found Cale producing the New Zealand act Garageland, Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses, Siouxsie & The Banshees and the Breton Alan Stivell.

He made the all girls vocal group Mediæval Baebes sound like 21th century angels.

Latest finished production job: The Boxing Mirror, an album by Alejandro Escovedo, released May 2, 2006.

Shelved Ambulance LTD recordings

In 2007 Cale was producing a new Ambulance LTD album with that band's last remaining member Marcus Congleton. The result have never been released officially, because the record label went bust.

John Cale: Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006

Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006

Twenty Cale produced tracks can be found on the John Cale - Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006 album.

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Albums, EP's and singles produced by Cale

Artist Album Year
Ambulance LTD (never released) 2007
Art Bergmann Crawl With Me 1988
Chistina Disco Clone 1978
Chunky, Novi and Ernie Chunky, Novi and Ernie 1974
Element of Crime Try to be Mensch 1987
Alejandro Escovedo The Boxing Mirror 2006
Louise Feron Amour Fou 1991
Louise Feron Louise Feron 1991
Garageland Feel alright 1997
Goya Dress Glorious 1996
Goya Dress Rooms 1996
Happy Mondays Squirrel And G-man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) 1987
Happy Mondays Loads (& Loads More) 1995
Harry Toledo & The Rockets Harry Toledo & The Rockets 1978
Jesus Lizard Jesus Lizard 1998
David Kubinec Some Things Never Change 1978
Larry and Tommy Yo-Yo 1968
Lio Popmodel 1986
Made For TV So Afraid of the Russians/Unknown Soldier 1983
Maids of Gravity The First Second 1996
Marie et Les Garçons Attitudes/Re-Bop 1978
Mediæval Baebes Undrentide 2000
Menace I Need Nothing (single) 1977
Model Citizens Shift the Blame (ep) 1979
Modern Guy Une Nouvelle Vie 1980
Modern Lovers Modern Lovers 1973
Necessaries You Can Borrow My Car / Runaway Child (single) 1979
Nico Desertshore 1970
Nico The End 1974
Nico Camera Obscura 1985
Nico The Frozen Borderline 1968-1970 2007
Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses In Paradisu 1996
Los Ronaldos Sabor Salado 1992
Sham 69 I Don't Wanna / Red London / Ulster (single) 1977
Silverhead Sixteen And Savaged 1973
Siouxsie & The Banshees The Rapture 1994
Patti Smith Group Horses 1975
Snatch Shopping For Clothes/Joey/Red Army 1980
Squeeze Packet of Three (EP) 1977
Squeeze Squeeze 1978
Squeeze Wrong Way (single) 1979
Alan Stivell I Douar 1998
Stooges Stooges 1969
Harry Toledo & The Rockets Harry Toledo & The Rockets 1978
Various Artists Sixteen Candles 1984
Various Artists Caged/Uncaged 1993
Ventilator desert station frequency 1999
Big Vern Lullabies for Lager Louts 1989
Jennifer Warnes Jennifer 1972


Stooges


Horses


Squeeze


Camera Obscura


Squirrel And G-man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)


I Douar


Mediæval Baebes


Alejandro Escovedo: The Boxing Mirror

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