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

John Cale - Quotes

John Cale at Olympic Studios in London in 2006 - photo: Richard Ecclestone

On recording

"I like finding new styles of expression, whether it's with lyrics or music. I like the new combinations. I'm proving it to myself. That has to be the first consideration, because if I can't prove it to myself I can't hope to prove it to anybody else. That's the rubric generally. If I'm interested in what I'm doing than I think other people will be interested in it."

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"I always end up with a very different product from what I originally intended. It's always during the course of the production that something happens - it seems that I've convinced myself it's not real unless the tapes are running."

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"I'm content with making records, but I don't want to be doing the same thing all the time."

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"In the studio you have pretty much carte blanche with whatever you're doing. You can turn natural instruments into electronic instruments."

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"I'm still looking for something. I'm getting closer, I think, but if someone moves the goalposts before the next album, I may have to follow them!"

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"You can easily end up just being a techno guy if you're not careful. You have got to have some humanity in there."

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"Phil Spector had a good idea. He took rhythm and blues and gave it a Wagnerian background. I like breaking things down into the lowest dominator and seeing how much tension can be created between the indivual parts, in order to creat a loud noise."

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"Sometimes I wish I wrote more songs, I don't write anywhere outside the studio. That's where it always gets done going blindly into something. To me that's always been important. To go blindly into it."

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