In the festive holiday spirit… Not really. But I’m trying to relax, and this helps. John Cale isn’t always the most relaxing guy in the world, but he set the mood on Vintage Violence. Later he said that record was too ‘pop’ as if that were at terribly bad thing. I have to remind myself of the context here; in the seventies people had different ideas about credibility. Nowadays being mainstream and being indie are totally not incompatible at all. But what do I know what John Cale thinks about his credibility. Maybe he wishes someone would give him a gig judging a televised singing competition. In fact, I wish somebody would. Yeah, it would be called The Factory: Search for the Next Superstar, the judges would be however’s left alive from Warhol’s gang – Cale, Lou Reed, Holly Woodlawn, whomever else hasn’t died yet – and the competitors would be judged on their fabulosity and ability to stare blankly into the camera. It would be both slicingly relevant and utterly redundant. Wouldn’t that be neat? I’d watch that.