"The bugger in the short sleeves fucked my wife, did it quick and split"-John Cale, "Guts"
Apparently a reference to Cale catching Kevin Ayers with his wife on May 31, 1974, the night
before "June 1, 1974" was recorded on which they shared a bill, and sat for Mick Rock to take the album's cover photo minutes before the show. Awkward ya think?
I wrote Sal with this bit of trivia, which he hadn't heard, and expressed my enjoyment of his Cale mix.
It's been awhile since I've put one together. I've been busy in my home studio, working on my next "album", and haven't listened to much of anything, only occasionally commenting here at Burning Wood.
"I might have to make a Kevin Ayers mix to answer John Cale's", I wrote.
"That'd be great", he replied.
A rather large claim I'm not sure is inaccurate. Being a fan of psychedelia, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Glam, and Art Rock in general, I became aware of Kevin through Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Daevid Alan, Gong, and of course Brian Eno, due to the aforementioned "June 1, 1974". A friend gave me a cassette dub, and without the album for reference, I couldn't really tell where John Cale ended and Ayers began. I assumed the opener on side 2, "May I", was John Cale.
Because Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Richard Thompson (!) appeared on Cale's "Fear", I bought it, and was a little disappointed when "May I" never turned up on any of his other albums.
A few tears later, in the early '80's I discovered it on Kevin's "Odd Ditties", a collection of singles and B sides, found at Tower Records on Sunset Blvd, in Hollywood. His albums were largely out of print, by that time, and not easy to find, sparking an obsession.
For years, when I went into a record store I'd check the "A" section, for Kevin, "H" for Roy Harper, and "P" for Lee "Scratch" Perry as a quick indicator of their inventory.