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John Cale revisits Music For A New Society

John Cale is set to release an entire reworking of his 1982 album Music For A New Society

John Cale’s next album is a complete reworking of his 1982 masterpiece Music For A New Society. Called M:FANS, Cale’s new takes on his old society songs are made up from original samples and new audio. “During the making of M:FANS, I found myself loathing each and every character written about in those original recording sessions of Music For A New Society,” explains Cale. “Unearthing those tapes reopened those wounds. It was time to decimate the despair from 1981 and breathe new energy, rewrite the story.” However, the original, albeit remastered version of Music For A New Society will also be reissued, with three previously unreleased tracks added as a bonus. Both albums will be released on 22 January 2016 by Domino, available individually or as a package in vinyl, CD or download formats.

To coincide with the release, Cale will be performing at London’s Roundhouse on 3 February.

Watch the video for M:FANS’ “Close Watch”, featuring Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman and directed by Abby Portner.


He speaks about decimating "the despair ". Woah! John! Music so great partly because you immerse yourself in such human emotions, that many would try and ignore. The results are there. I hope we don't get some 'positive ' rewrite.

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