Tuesday, October 12, 2021

John Cale - Songs for Drella (with Lou Reed) (1990)


John Cale - Songs for Drella (with Lou Reed) (1990)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Side A

1. "Smalltown"   2:04

2. "Open House"   4:18

3. "Style It Takes"   2:54

4. "Work"   2:38

5. "Trouble with Classicists"   3:42

6. "Starlight"   3:28

7. "Faces and Names"   4:12


Side B

8. "Images"   3:31

9. "Slip Away (A Warning)"   3:05

10. "It Wasn't Me"   3:30

11. "I Believe"   3:18

12. "Nobody But You"   3:46

13. "A Dream"   6:33

14. "Forever Changed"   4:52

15. "Hello It's Me"   3:13




John Cale Band Members / Musicians

John Cale – vocals, keyboards, viola

Lou Reed – vocals, guitar




Songs for Drella is a 1990 album by Lou Reed and John Cale, both formerly of the Velvet Underground; it is a song cycle about Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died following routine surgery in 1987. Drella was a nickname for Warhol coined by Warhol superstar Ondine, a contraction of Dracula and Cinderella, used by Warhol's crowd but never liked by Warhol himself. The song cycle focuses on Warhol's interpersonal relations and experiences, with songs falling roughly into three categories: Warhol's first-person perspective (which makes up the vast majority of the album), third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves. The songs, in general, address events in their chronological order.

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