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David Bowie + John Cale Go Bar Hopping In ‘Night Crawling’ Video: Look + Listen

In a new song, “Night Crawling,” former Velvet Underground member John Cale reflects on his friendship with David Bowie and the track’s animated video depicts Cale with 1970s long hair swinging through New York City bars alongside a constantly-smoking Bowie.

About the project, Cale stated “It’s been a helluva past two years and I’m glad to finally share a glimpse of what’s coming ahead.” “There was this period around mid-late Seventies when David and I would run into each other in New York. There was plenty of talk about getting some work done but of course we’d end up running the streets, sometimes until we couldn’t keep a thought in our heads, let alone actually get a song together!” “One night we managed to meet up for a benefit concert where I taught him a viola part so we could perform together.” “When I wrote ‘Night Crawling,’ it was a reflective moment of particular times. That kind of NYC that held art in its grip, strong enough to keep it safe and dangerous enough to keep it interesting. I always figured we’d have another go at the two of us recording together, this time without the interference of being perpetually off our heads! The thing about creating music is the ability to divine a thought or feeling even when reality says it’s a logical impossibility.”

John wrote “Night Crawling” and played synthesizers, piano, drums, and bass, along with former Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks and vocalist Dustin Boyer, who’s been collaborating with Cale since 2005.

“Night Crawling” is the first new music from Cale, now 80, since “Lazy Day,” (2020) and John will be touring Great Britain this fall.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Stéphane La Ru