John Cale

Cable Hogue

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Titled, of course, for a Sam Peckinpah movie, "Cable Hogue" is one of those lovely little keyboard melodies which John Cale is so adept at conjuring up, married to one of those nasty little lyrics which he apparently reserves for just such occasions. It is, in many ways, a throwback to the days of Vintage Violence, but shot through with the performance values he had developed in the post-Fear era, just one minute in, as he berates Cable for leaving, his voice cracks on the verge of a patent scream and returns to that peak again and again.

The importance of "Cable Hogue" to Cale himself can hardly be doubted -- it has remained a constant in his live set, even making a surprise appearance when he appeared on BBC television's Later With Jools Holland during 2000.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Helen of Troy 1975 Culture Factory 3:28
The Island Years 1996 Island 3:32
Close Watch: An Introduction to John Cale 1999 Universal Distribution / Island 3:28