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Honi Soit

Honi Soit

About this album

Released in 1981. A&M AMLH 64948.


  1. Dead Or Alive
  2. Strange Times In Casablanca
  3. Fighter Pilot
  4. Wilson Joliet
  5. Streets Of Laredo
  6. Honi Soit (La première Leçon De Français)
  7. Riverbank
  8. Russian Roulette
  9. Magic & Lies

All songs written by John Cale, except Streets Of Laredo, a traditional arranged by John Cale.

Andy Warhol, who made the cover, suggested to call the album John and Yoko, because he was close to Yoko Ono, and he thought he could have easily taken a picture of Cale and her together. Warhol's artwork was in black-and-white and he did not like it when Cale had it colourized. The musicians on this album are listed as the crew of fighter airplane, with Cale as the flight surgeon.

Producer Mike Thorn wrote an illuminating article abou the recording proces. The track Need Your Loving was left off in favour of Riverbank.

John Cale: guitar, keyboards, viola, lead vocals
John Gatchell: trumpet
Jim Goodwin: keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals
Peter Muny: bass, background vocals
Robert Medici: drums, background vocals
Sturgis Nikides: guitar, background vocals
Bomberettes: background vocals on Fighter Pilot

Other credits:
Producer: Mike Thorne
Executive producer: John Cale
Additional engineering: Carl Beatty (Media Sound)
Assistant engineer: Harold Tarowsky (CBS)
Recorded and mixed by Harvey Goldberg at CBS, E. 30th St. and Media Sound, NYC, USA
Mastered by Jack Skinner at Sterling Sound, NYC, USA

Dead Or Alive (Netherlands)

Dead Or Alive single

Dead Or Alive b/w Honi Soit is released as a single in The Netherlands and the UK.

Three different versions of this single exist:
A&M AMS 9134, Netherlands, 1981 (Picture sleeve)
A&M AMS 8130, UK, May 1981
A&M 2329-S (Red label in company sleeve)

© 1999- Hans Werksman