John Cale was born in Wales but moved to London and then New York to study music. He joined The Velvet Underground in 1965 and played a key part in the distinctive sound and experimental ethos of their first two albums. In particular, he introduced the droning violas that made songs such as "Venus In Furs" so groundbreaking. After White Light/White Heat, Cale left the band, due to musical differences with Lou Reed. Cale wanted to continue to experiment, whereas Reed wanted to write simpler pop songs, as evidenced on the two Velvet Underground albums involving Reed without Cale: The Velvet Underground and Loaded.
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