Artificial Intelligence (John Cale album)

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Artificial Intelligence
Studio album by John Cale
Released 6 September 1985
Recorded Strongroom Studios, London, England
Length 42:07
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer John Cale
John Cale chronology
John Cale Comes Alive
Artificial Intelligence
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (live 1979)

Artificial Intelligence is the eleventh album by Welsh musician John Cale, released in September 1985 by record label Beggars Banquet.

Background and recording[edit]

Artificial Intelligence was originally titled Black Rose. The title and some changes to the tracks delayed the album being released for five weeks.[citation needed]

Having produced Nico's Camera Obscura, Cale recorded this album at Strongroom Studios with her backing band, The Faction, with a couple of additional musicians.

Following the chaotic period during which the album (and the previous two) were recorded, John and Risé's daughter Eden was born, which promptly caused Cale to kick his addictions to alcohol and cocaine, and to temporarily abandon rock/pop records and band performances in favor of other projects (until 1996's Walking on Locusts).[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Trouser Press generally favourable[2]

Artificial Intelligence was released on 6 September 1985 by record label Beggars Banquet. "Dying on the Vine" was released as a single in the UK and "Satellite Walk" (Remix by Carl Beatty) in the UK and Germany. The otherwise unavailable instrumental track "Crash Course in Harmonics" on the B-side of "Dying on the Vine".[3]


AllMusic described it as "an encouraging partial return to form."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Cale and Larry Sloman, except "Everytime the Dogs Bark" and "Vigilante Lover" by John Cale, Larry Sloman and David Young.

Side A
  1. "Everytime the Dogs Bark" – 4:17
  2. "Dying on the Vine" – 5:18
  3. "The Sleeper" – 5:53
  4. "Vigilante Lover" – 4:27
  5. "Chinese Takeaway (Hong Kong 1997)" – 3:44
Side B
  1. "Song of the Valley" – 5:06
  2. "Fadeaway Tomorrow" – 3:25
  3. "Black Rose" – 4:58
  4. "Satellite Walk" – 4:58


  • John Cale – bass, guitar, keyboards, viola
  • Graham Dowdall – percussion
  • Gill O'Donovan – background vocals
  • Susie O'List – background vocals
  • David Young – guitar, associate producer
  • James Young – keyboards
  • Dennis P. Nechvatal – design, artwork from the painting "Warrior"
  • Karin Preus – artwork, graphics
  • Phil Bodger – mixing, recording
  • Alan Jakoby – recording


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