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

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About this album

Released in 2003. EMI 5917112 (2004 in America).


  1. Zen
  2. Reading My Mind
  3. Things
  4. Look Horizon
  5. Magritte
  6. Archimedes
  7. Caravan
  8. Bicycle
  9. Twilight Zone
  10. Letter From Abroad
  11. Things X
  12. Over Her Head
  13. Set Me Free (live bonus track on the US version)

Contains a hidden track:

  1. Set Me Free (live)
Thank you for taking the time to read the small print, your diligence has paid off. This album contains a hidden track called Set Me Free. To access it, put the album in your player, press play, then rewind (not skip), so you go before track 1 for 4.30. Bingo!

It is included as a bonus track on the US edition of the album.

The Japanese edition contains three bonus tracks:

  1. Where the Creepyboyz Sing
  2. Reading My Mind (Paisley Sound Remix, later included on the Perfect single in 2005)
  3. Set Me Free (live)

HoboSapiens in America

The album gets a belated American release by Or Music, a subsidiary of EMI, on September 7, 2004. The hidden live track Set Me Free is listed right in the open as the closing song.

The label throws a celebration release party at the Bryant Hotel in New York on September 13. The invitation includes a free copy of the Things / Things X single in a special sleeve with photos made by Billy Name.

John Cale: keyboards, guitars, electric viola, viola, vocals, backing vocals, samples, bass, harmonium
Andy Green: guitar, samples, additional production
Erik Sanko: bass, slack dulmicer
Joe Gore: guitar
Emil Miland: cello
Ryan Coseboom: samples
Count: drum loops, samples
Marco Giovino: drums, percussion
Roberto, Daniele, Alba Clemente, Giovani: Italian voices
Lance Doss: guitars, backing vocals
John Kurzweig: guitars
Joel Mark: guitars, bass
Jeff Eyrich: bass
Bill Swartz: drums
Eden Cale: spoken words
Dimitri Tokovoi: samples
Brian Foreman: bass
Shelley Harland: samples
Lisa Bielawa, Elizabeth Farnum, Alexandra Montana, Gayla Morgan: atonal voices
Drum loop on Bicycle courtesy of Brian Eno
Giggles on Bicycle: Darla & Irial Eno
Megaphone and monster toys on Things X courtesy of Nick Franglen's tour-ture chest

Other credits:
Producers: John Cale and Nick Franglen
Art direction and design: Rick Myers
Cover photo: Jon Shard
Recorded at MediaLuna, NYC and Globe Studios, New York
Additional recording at Engine Studios Chicago, D's Attic, London, San Francisco Soundworks.
Mixed at Eden Studios, London, United Kingdom
Recording engineer: Andy Green
Mix engineer: Cameron Jenkins
Additional recording engineers: Brian Deck, Michael 'Count' Eldridge
Additional mix engineer: Michael Eldridge
Executive producer: Nita Scott



Things is released as a single in Europe and the US, with a reworked version Things X - with Brian Foreman (bass), Marco Giovino (percussion) and Nick Franglen (voice, megaphone, monster toys) as an extra track. A promo with different artwork is send out to the press.

CD single. October 2003.

Bicycle 12"

Bicycle 12" with Look Horizon remix

EMI puts out a 12" single of Bicycle (same version as on HoboSapiens) and the B-side is the Zongamin remix of Look Horizon, which also got additional production by Smukai @ House Of Zongamin For Burning Bridges Productions.

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