John Cale - "All Summer Long"

Last year, John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground, released his ornately titled solo album Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood. One of the songs that didn’t make it onto the album was “All Summer Long,” which didn’t fit in and which was left in a half-finished state. But now Cale has gone ahead and finished the track, posting it online so that it wouldn’t die such a quiet death. It’s a widescreen piece of Bowie-esque art-pop. Below, listen to it and read some stuff Cale wrote about it.

And here’s Cale:

“When writing for Shifty Adventures I noticed an apparent theme of claustrophobic darkness and so of course, I felt at home in that place. There were though a handful of songs unfinished. One in particular was me dreaming about a breeze, space and light. Recalling those early days in my sticky, sweltering NYC flat – how I’d heard summer from the West Coast – thinking how the California landscape informed a vibe that churned out Brian Wilson, Herb Alpert and that strange sexy breeze in your ears. Since the album was predominantly located in the darker, eerie swamps of “Nookie Wood,” it seemed like the wrong place to put this song, but now, just feels right to let it out…

Comments (1)
  1. I was hoping this was a cover of the Kid Rock song that was itself basically a mash-up of “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Werewolves of London,” because I want the universe to fold in on itself.

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