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  • Velvet Underground's John Cale Receives High British Award

    Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:19:35

    Velvet Underground's John Cale Receives High British Award - Awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or an OBE

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    Velvet Underground bassist John Cale, a Welsh native, was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or an OBE, on this year's Queens Birthday Honours List. The recipients were announced Saturday, June 12. Queen Elizabeth II and The Velvet Underground in the same sentence? Say it isn't so! Wish I could, but it is. Buckingham Palace does have good taste, it seems. Cale moved to the US in the 1960s, where his band took the hell off in cultural circles.

    So what the hell is an OBE, you ask? It is a high honor, or "honour," if you want to use the British version of English, which is awarded to citizens for notable service to the United Kingdom in many fields, including entertainment. While it is an impressive honor to have bestowed upon you, it does not allow the honoree to use the title Sir, as a "knighted" person would. That's a title reserved for the likes of Paul McCartney and actor Anthony Hopkins, rightfully so.

    What is your favorite Velvet Underground song?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.15.10




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