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John Cale: "Velvets Could Have Been ELO"
Jamie Skey , May 9th, 2014 13:07

"My jealousy aside, if we'd worked harder at it, we could've gotten there"

During tQ editor John Doran’s tête-à-tête with John Cale for Liverpool Sound City last week, the former Velvet Underground man surprisingly intimated that if his band had stuck at it, they could've sounded like one of his favourite British rock bands, the Electric Light Orchestra. The Welsh ex-pat enthused: "I thought they took the electric violin and everything else a step further. I thought it was very exciting what Jeff Lynne did. My jealousy aside, if we'd worked harder at it, we could've gotten there." Which leaves us thinking, were ELO the band The Velvets could've been?

Watch the involved and funny interview here, throughout which Cale tells fascinating anecdotes ranging from onstage violence and beheading chickens to the story behind 'The Gift', not to mention the plans for a follow-up to 2012's Adventures In Nookie Wood. Watch it above.

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