Honi Soit (album)

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Honi Soit
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Studio album by John Cale
Released March 1981
Studio CBS Studios, East 30th Street and Mediasound, New York City
Genre Art rock
Length 37:45
Label A&M
Producer Mike Thorne
John Cale chronology
Sabotage/Live
(1979)Sabotage/Live1979
Honi Soit
(1981)
Music for a New Society
(1982)Music for a New Society1982
Singles from Honi Soit
  1. "Dead or Alive"/"Honi Soit"
    Released: 1981

Honi Soit is the seventh solo studio album by Welsh musician John Cale, released in March 1981 by A&M Records. It was his first studio album in six years.

Content[edit]

All of the tracks on Honi Soit were written by John Cale, except for "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] an decision recounted by Cale on the song "A Dream" from his 1990 collaboration album with Lou Reed about Warhol, Songs for Drella. 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]

Release[edit]

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

Honi Soit was released in March 1981 by A&M Records. 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 written by John Cale, except where noted..

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dead or Alive"   3:51
2. "Strange Times in Casablanca"   4:13
3. "Fighter Pilot"   3:10
4. "Wilson Joliet"   4:23
5. "Streets of Laredo" Traditional; arranged by John Cale 3:34
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Honi Soit (La Première Leçon de Français)" 3:20
7. "Riverbank" 6:26
8. "Russian Roulette" 5:15
9. "Magic & Lies" 3:26
Total length: 37:45

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the Honi Soit liner notes.[8]

Production

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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). 
  8. ^ Honi Soit liner notes. A&M Records. 1981. 

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