Cale got of an a really bad start when he was introduced to the wonderful world of video clips. In 1982 an acquaintance working for NBC Television dreamed up shooting a video for the album. Cale's game for the princely sum of $ 1,500, ending up surrounded by a chorus line of dance girls, trying to sing Changes Made:
"There was one scene in which all of a sudden one of the girls started sucking my thumb while I was trying to concentrate on the lyrics. (...) If it's ever shown, I'll kill the guy."
The rather morbid video for Dead or Alive was directed and produced by Michael Branton and Joe Ohliger III. Alos featurres his then wife Risé Irushalmi.
The Wrong Way Up album was plugged with a barrage of singles, posters, promos and what-not. And a rather stupid computer graphics video for One Word.
When Cale secured a record deal with EMI in 2003 video clips came back into the picture. Two singles got the visual treatment.
Cale performs barefoot with a unplugged electric guitar. The plug zooms around trying to find a thing to connect too. It finds a dead fox and a bowl of fruit. Both items quickly return to their maker. Direced by Chris Cairns.
Jumbo in tha Modernworld (2006)
Animation created by minivegas.co.uk. Set in fictional world where thin creatures get fucked over by fatter creatures. Justice is done, when the biggest fattie throws up ... flowers.
A small civilisation's greed, results in a filthy gastronimical stampede. Yeah, that rhymes... and there's some fatties in it too.
Record company: EMI
Production Company: Independent Films
Producer: Luke Tilbury
Director of Photography: Minivegas
Post-production House: Minivegas
The video can be found on the Circus Live DVD.
Whaddya Mean By That (2011)
Cale strolling in the woods. Director: Charlie & Joe. Director of Photography: Chris Clarke. Shot On: Super 16mm (Fuji).
Cale and band in outerspace. Directed by his daughter Eden Cale.
To herald the release of John Cale’s Extra Playful EP, Domino imprint Double Six are happy to share a new video for the EP track “Catastrofuk,” directed by his daughter, Eden Cale. In keeping with the Extra Playful spirit of the EP, the video sees him exploring outer space. The new world in which he finds himself appears inviting on the surface, but slowly, its darker elements reveal themselves and it becomes apparent that all is not quite as it seems.
Director: Eden Cale
Camera / Cinematographer: June Zandona
Producer: Nita Scott for Electric Drone Records
Editor: Kevin Klauber
Special Effects: Wesley Belak-Berger
Art Direction/Design: Eden Cale & Nita Scott
Face To The Sky (2012)
Promo video for Face To The Sky single. Director: Tom Scholefeild (a.k.a. Kon Om Pax).
Cale in Spin Magazine:
When writing for Shifty Adventures I noticed an apparent theme of claustrophobic darkness and so of course, I felt at home in that place. (..) There [was] a handful of songs unfinished. One in particular was me dreaming about a breeze, space and light. Recalling those early days in my sticky, sweltering NYC flat — how I'd heard summer from the West Coast — thinking how the California landscape informed a vibe that churned out Brian Wilson, Herb Alpert and that strange, sexy breeze in your ears. Since the album was predominantly located in the darker, eerie swamps of Nookie Wood, it seemed like the wrong place to put this song, but now, just feels right to let it out.