In March 1981.

In March 1981, “A&M” label released “Honi Soit” the seventh John Cale studio album. It was recorded 1980-1981, at “CBS Studios” and “St. & Media Sound” in New York City, and was produced by Mike Thorne and John Cale. The album cover art was by Andy Warhol.


  • John Cale – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, viola
  • John Gatchell– trumpet
  • Jim Goodwin – keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Peter Muny – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Robert Medici – drums, backing vocals
  • Sturgis Nikides – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bomberettes – Mo-dettes – backing vocals
  • Harvey Goldberg – recording, mixing
  • Carl Beatty – engineering
  • Harold Tarowsky – assistant engineering
  • Jane Friedman – management
  • John Vogel – graphic design
  • Fred Lorey – photography
  • Warren Frank – flight engineer
  • Louis Tropia – logistics

Track listing:

All tracks by John Cale; except where noted.

  1. Dead or Alive
  2. Strange Times in Casablanca
  3. Fighter Pilot
  4. Wilson Joliet
  5. Streets of Laredo – traditional, arr. by John Cale
  6. Honi Soit (La Première Leçon de Français)
  7. Riverbank
  8. Russian Roulette
  9. Magic & Lies

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