Andy Warhol dies, February 22. He was making good recovery from a routine gallbladder surgery at New York Hospital before dying in his sleep from a sudden post-operative cardiac arrhythmia. Cale attends the memorial service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on April 1st, and talks to Lou Reed.
The painter Julian Schnabel suggests that he should write a memorial piece for Andy, planting a seed for what would become Songs for Drella.
Produces the Happy Mondays' debut album Squirrel And G-man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out).
"A very quick nightmare. I had just stopped drinking and everything else. The band complained that I was on health kick and that all I did was sit around eating tangerines all day long"
Kuff Dam is included on the Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006 compilation album (2012).
Plays in The Houseguest, a short movie directed by Franz Harland. It is a low-budget spoof of a Bergmannesque summer resort love triangle that ends with a surreal twist. He also composes the music.
A cover of Why Don't You Smile Now is released on the five track 12 inch ep MoeJadKateBarry by Maureen Tucker, Jad Fair, Kate Messer and Barry Stock.
Release of the live album Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. Tracks recorded in 1978 and 1979.
Previously only available as a mailorder album in 1986 with a different song list.
Performance of Life Underwater in New York. His daughter Eden Myfanwy is part of the show, reading a few words on stage. The first lines of the show go like this:
"There is the mariner. Ready for the sea. Where his footsteps will not be heard, nor leave their mark, so much lost in time...."
Director Zoe Beloff made a movie based on this piece in 1994.
The music was never released. An excellent bootleg recording of a performance in Munich can be found on John Cale & Strings.
Produces the German group Element of Crime album Try to be Mensch. Plays keyboard on four tracks: Nervous and Blue, As Long As I Love You, Don't You Smile and Going With A Stranger.
November 14th and 15th world premiere of The Falklands Suite at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
It consists of four poems - There Was A Saviour, On A Wedding Anniversary, Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) set to music by Cale, and two instrumental interludes. The performances are filmed by Dutch TV.
"This was a period of much creativity. Yet the sessions seemed to be longer and more tiring as they proceeded. The orchestration had to wait another nine months and had it not been for a proposal of the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam that I give a performance of the poems with the Metropole Orchestra, this piece might have died there and then. It forced my hand and I went to work immediately. My having a tape recording of the performance was an importantfactor in the future of the piece. I sent a copy to Brian Eno, how had by now established Opal Records via Warner Brothers, and the enthusiasm Brian showed for the piece was immediate and very gratifying."
Is commisioned to write a string quartet for this ensemble.
Writes four pieces of music for a dance project for this Polish group, performed in november. Released as Sanctus (Four Etudes For Electronic Orchestra) on the Paris s'eveille - suivi d'autres compositions album in 1991.
Siouxsie & Banshees cover Gun on their Through The Looking Glass album.
Echo & The Bunnymen covers Ship of Fools. Bonus track on 12 inch The Game.