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John Cale

John Cale, OBE is a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the legendary band the Velvet Underground. Over his five-decade career, Cale has worked in various styles across rock, drone, classical, avant-garde and electronic music.

He studied music at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before relocating in 1963 to New York City’s downtown music scene, where he performed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music and formed the Velvet Underground. Since leaving the band in 1968, Cale has released 16 solo studio albums, including the widely acclaimed Music for a New Society. Cale has also acquired a reputation as an adventurous producer, working on the debut albums of several innovative artists, including the Stooges and Patti Smith.[

In 1985, having previously produced Nico’s album Camera Obscura on Beggars Banquet, John Cale recorded his own album for Beggars at Strongroom Studios with her backing band, The Faction, along with a couple of additional musicians. Artificial Intelligence was released by Beggars Banquet in September 1985.

This is one of his accessible song-oriented albums, with the legendary Larry “Ratso” Sloman contributing lyrics to one of Cale’s most haunting songs ever, “Dying On The Vine”.

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