Honi Soit (album)

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Honi Soit
Cover art by Andy Warhol
Studio album by John Cale
Released March 1981
Recorded CBS Studios, East 30th St. & Media Sound, New York City, United States
Genre Art rock
Length 37:45
Label A&M
Producer Mike Thorne, John Cale
John Cale chronology
Honi Soit
Music for a New Society
Singles from Honi Soit
  1. "Dead or Alive"/"Honi Soit"
    Released: 1981

Honi Soit is the seventh studio album by Welsh musician John Cale, released in 1981 by record label A&M.


All songs were written by Cale, except "Streets of Laredo", a traditional song arranged by Cale. The track "Need Your Loving" was left off the album in favour of "Riverbank".[1]

Andy Warhol suggested the album should be called John and Yoko,[2] and provided the cover art, in black and white, but against Warhol's wishes Cale colorized it.[2] In a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the song "Fighter Pilot", the credits on the sleeve give each of the musicians a mock military aviation role, with Cale described as "flight surgeon". The album's title is an abbreviation of the phrase ″Honi soit qui mal y pense″ (French: "shame upon him who thinks evil of it"[3]), the motto of the British Order of the Garter.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Trouser Press mixed[6]

Honi Soit was released in March 1981 by record label A&M. The album is Cale's only album to date to chart in the US, reaching number 154.[citation needed][7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Cale; except where indicated

Side A
  1. "Dead or Alive"
  2. "Strange Times in Casablanca"
  3. "Fighter Pilot"
  4. "Wilson Joliet"
  5. "Streets of Laredo" (Traditional)
Side B
  1. "Honi Soit (La Première Leçon de Français)"
  2. "Riverbank"
  3. "Russian Roulette"
  4. "Magic & Lies"


  • John Cale – lead vocals ("flight surgeon"), guitar, keyboards, viola
  • John Gatchell – trumpet
  • Jim Goodwin – keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals ("gunner")
  • Peter Muny – bass guitar, backing vocals ("wing and prop")
  • Robert Medici – drums, backing vocals ("navigator")
  • Sturgis Nikides – guitar, backing vocals ("hellcat")
  • Bomberettes (members of Mo-dettes) – backing vocals on "Fighter Pilot"
  • Mike Thorne - producer ("computer processing")
  • Harvey Goldberg – recording, mixing
  • Carl Beatty – engineering
  • Harold Tarowsky – assistant engineering
  • Jane Friedman - management ("propaganda")
  • John Vogel - graphic design
  • Andy Warhol - cover concept
  • Fred Lorey - photography
  • Warren Frank - "flight engineer"
  • Louis Tropia - "logistics"

Thank you "Michael Leon and A&M Records"


  1. ^ https://werksman.home.xs4all.nl/cale/disc/honi_soit.html
  2. ^ a b Cale, John; Bockris, Victor (1999). What's Welsh for Zen. London: Bloomsbury. p. 196. ISBN 0 7475 3668 6. 
  3. ^ nb : The spelling of the word "Honi" is old French, it would nowadays be spelt "Honni".
  4. ^ Cale, John; Bockris, Victor (1999). What's Welsh for Zen. London: Bloomsbury. p. 197. ISBN 0 7475 3668 6. 
  5. ^ Deming, Mark. "Honi Soit – John Cale | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: John Cale". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ "TOP LPs & TAPE". Billboard. 93.16: 77. April 25, 1981 – via Billboard (Archive: 1963-2000). 

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