John Cale - If You Were Still Around

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John Cale - If You Were Still Around (Official Video)

Abigail Portner - Director
Garret Curtis - DP
Nick Perry - Gaffer
Rik Brown - Key Grip
Shawn Labaqui - Grip
Nita Scott - Producer
Stellascope - Producer
Wild Bill Cody - Camera OP
Josh Sener - Art Department
Abigail Portner - Editor
Stellascope - Location
Billy Name - Photo Images / Warhol Factory Archivist

A Special Thank You to Giovanni Ribisi at Stellascope. 


With today (October 27) being the one year anniversary of the death of Lou Reed, former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale has marked the occasion with a tribute video updating his own solo track, "If You Were Still Around."

Markedly different than the minimalist cathedral organ arrangement that appeared on Cale's 1982 LP, Music for a New Society, this new take adds fuller rhythms, ticking guitar loops, echo chamber-birthed gospel backups and a steady jangle of tambourine.

Visually, Cale spends time in an exhibit room featuring a mix of nostalgic visuals of the Velvets back in the '60s, with the artist breaking down a couple of times as he sings his lines.

Cale added poetically of his relationship with Reed in a statement:
A Moth and a Candle met. They decided to become friends. Everyone enjoyed watching their discourse - especially the risk takers. Then one day a big rain came. The Moth couldn't fly and the Candle puttered out. Everyone laughed in bitter awe and blamed the rain. Most however knew the deeper truth - the Candle remains lit and the Moth will stay close.

-- Exclaim!
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