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John Cale sits in

Velvet Underground founder member John Cale sits in for Jarvis Cocker as part of the the BBC's Pop Art season.

John Cale sits in for Jarvis Cocker as part of the Pop Art Season across the BBC.

Born in Garnant, Wales, Cale is perhaps best known as co-founder of The Velvet Underground with the late Lou Reed back in 1964.

At the height of the 60s Pop Art movement, the band found themselves immersed within the world of Andy Warhol and his infamous New York Factory.

John left The Velvet Underground in 1968 and went on to produce several seminal debut albums for emerging talent such as The Stooges, Patti Smith, Squeeze, Happy Mondays and The Modern Lovers.

On top of all this, his career as a solo musician began in 1970 with the album Vintage Violence. 14 more solo studio albums have followed as well as numerous collaborative efforts and soundtracks.

2 hours

Music Played

  • The Isley Brothers


    • Shades Of Soul (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • The Beatles

    She Said She Said

    • Parlophone.
  • Marvin Gaye

    Pride and Joy.

  • The Searchers

    Needles & Pins

    • (Single).
    • Pye.
  • Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

    Dancing In The Street

    • Dancing In The Street (Various Artis.
    • Universal Music Tv.
  • The Ronettes

    Be My Baby

    • The Best Of The Ronettes.
    • Phil Spector Int.
  • Ike & Tina Turner

    River Deep - Mountain High

    • The Best Of The Rock'n'Roll Years Vo.
    • BBC.
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico

    All Tomorrow's Parties

    • Verve.
  • The Beach Boys

    In My Room

    • Capitol.
  • The Stooges

    I Wanna Be Your Dog

    • Elektra.
  • Nico

    Frozen Warnings

  • Nick Drake

    Northern Sky

    • Island.
  • Roxy Music

    Virginia Plain

    • Virgin.
  • T. Rex

    20th Century Boy

    • Telstar.
  • Sham 69

    I Don't Wanna

  • The Clash

    London Calling

    • Columbia.
  • Tom Tom Club

    Genius of Love (Original Club Mix)

  • Snoop Dogg

    Who Am I (What's My Name?)

  • Q‐Tip & Raphael Saadiq

    We Fight, We Love

  • Kokane

    When It Rains It Pours

  • Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams

    Drop It Like It's Hot

  • James Dean Bradfield & John Cale

    Ready for Drowning

  • Alabama Shakes

    Don't Wanna Fight

    • Rough Trade Records.
  • Hiatus Kaiyote


  • James Blake


    • Atlas.
  • Wale


  • FKA twigs

    Glass and Patron

  • Erykah Badu, Trombone Shorty, Mos Def, Ziggy Modeliste, The Dap‐Kings & Mark Ronson

    A La Modeliste

  • Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

    Sunday Candy