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

Timeline: 1981

Marries Risé Irushalmi

On October 6 Cale and Risé Irushalmi are married in New York.

Honi Soit

Honi Soit

Releases his Honi Soit album. The musicians on this album are listed as the crew of a fighter airplane, with Cale as the flight surgeon.

"I used a producer this time, because I couldn't have done the album without one. I told Mike Thorn, 'Look, I've got a problem. Before I go into the studio, I rehearse all the shit until it turns into vapour. By the time I get into the studio I'm so bored with that shit that what's going to happen is I'm going to make up songs and one thing will lead into another. I need a record of what I'm going to do in there.' So I had cassettes of the first six days of recording, tape machines running continuously. And we ended up with three times as much material as we intended. We had a number of poems, and tried each against whatever music tracks we had. It ended up as a real drum record, since we worked hard to get good drum parts."

According to the producer of the album, Mike Thorne, the track Need Your Loving was left off in favour of Riverbank.

"The recording was very intense, giving me the very first line on my forehead, but also efficient. As he thoughtfully mentioned in one interview, my being the straight man on the sessions enabled him to bounce off the walls in the secure knowledge that everything he might throw around would be caught. He vigorously fulfilled the artist's obligation to take things to the limit, to look over the edge of madness; I held the safety harness. Despite that new line on the forehead, I remember these as most rewarding sessions."

Andy Warhol suggested to call the album John and Yoko, because he was close to Yoko Ono and could easily have taken a picture of Cale and her together.

I'm Not The Loving Kind cover

Julian Cope & The Teardrop Explodes cover I'm Not The Loving Kind for BBC Radio Richard Skinner Session - May 16, 1981. The demo of this track appears on the cd compilation "Zoology" (2004)

Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon in Who am I this time?

Who Am I This Time?

Composes the soundtrack for Who Am I This Time?, a television program starring Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken. Based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Directed by Jonathan Demme.

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