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John Cale to rework entire Music For a New Society album, hear new version of “Close Watch”

on November 18, 2015, 10:40am

On January 22nd, John Cale will put out M:Fans, a reworking of his 1982 solo LP, Music For a New Society. Due out through Double Six/Domino, M:Fans comes packaged with a remastered version of the original record featuring three previously unreleased bonus songs. The bundle will be available as a two-CD collection; both the reworked album and reissue will also be for purchase individually on vinyl.

In a statement, Cale, the last surviving founding member of The Velvet Underground, explained how the idea for this updated take on Music For a New Society came to him following Lou Reed’s tragic passing:

“Making any form of art is always personal to my mind. During the making of M:FANS, I found myself loathing each and every character written about in those original recording sessions of Music For…. Unearthing those tapes reopened those wounds. It was time to decimate the despair from 1981 and breathe new energy, re-write the story. Then, the unthinkable happened. What had informed so much over lost and twisted relationships in 1981 had now come full circle. Losing Lou [too painful to understand] forced me to upend the entire recording process and begin again…a different perspective – a new sense of urgency to tell a story from a completely opposite point of view – what was once sorrow, was now a form of rage.  A fertile ground for exorcism of things gone wrong and the realization they are unchangeable. From sadness came the strength of fire!!!”

As a preview, Cale has shared “Close Watch”, a new rework of “(I Keep A) Close Watch” which includes special guest Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors. Check it out below via its Abby Portner-directed music video.