John Cale—who at 74 is every bit as visionary and subversive as the young Welsh expat who co-founded the Velvet Underground in 1964—is not afraid of the past. One year after reworking and rereleasing his seminal 1983 album Music for a New Society, Cale is back this Friday with Fragments of a Rainy Season (Double Six / Domino), a reissue of his 1992 album of the same name. Recorded live throughout his touring in the early ‘90s, Fragments features Cale's famous "Hallelujah" cover and a slew of classics and lesser-known songs alike—including some outtakes released for the first time.
MATT MULLEN: As you mentioned, you rereleased Music For A New Society last year, and I read that this coming spring you're going be performing Velvet Underground music. You don't seem afraid to tackle your past.
JOHN CALE: No, but I usually tear it up. I usually try to change it all.
MULLEN: Right. So that's what I wanted to ask—how do you approach something when you're pulling from your own history and reworking it?
CALE: Now that I'm older, I don't try to focus on other things. I try to just focus on the song. As long as I have a little humility for the material, something will happen. Something will come from that, from rediscovering the material anew.
Full interview via Interview Magazine