Taken from his umpteenth album, the recent and rather good Hobo Sapiens, and produced by Nick Franglen from Lemon Jelly, Things is a bit like Talking Heads when they started getting crap and just a little bit BBC 6 playlist for comfort.
"The sexual exuberance of a concubine" isn't a line you'd normally hear in a pop single, but then John Cale doesn't really do pop. He'd sooner be found delivering a lecture on the notion of pop, or discussing its constructs in a lengthy thesis.
Interestingly, wobbly remix Things X, which circles around spludge funk and eerie (and no doubt very avant-garde) noises, is the more preferable of the two tracks, although it still suggests it would be insane to expect a slot on CD:UK anytime soon. But when you've scraped the electric viola tunelessly for months on end whilst looking like the coolest person on Earth in The Velvet Underground, and produced genius albums by both The Stooges and Happy Mondays, who cares?
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