Song of the Day, January 21: Graham Greene by John Cale

CaleGreeneToday’s song is Graham Greene by John Cale. After leaving the Velvet Underground, Cale demonstrated the breadth of his talents on his first few outings, ranging from smart, off-kilter pop to avant rock to smartly minimalist instrumentals. His fourth project remains one of his finest, the quietly powerful Paris 1919. A literary series of meditations on the modern condition, it features some of his best vocal work and smartest writing.

One of the standout tracks is Graham Greene. The famous novelist is a perfect symbol for Cale’s themes, as both a product of the Empire and a chronicler of its darker aspects and slow, inevitable demise. Cale ponders meeting Greene in a variety of settings, cleverly looking at that decay while ironically celebrating the stiff-upper-lip façade that kept things going. With a charming horn line and sprightly instrumentation, he creates a flawless mood, dissecting nostalgia with dark delight.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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