The first full version is played on 29 and 30 November, and 2 and 3 December at the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York. On the last date they are joined onstage by Maureen Tucker for the encore of Pale Blue Eyes.
Cale is featured in an episode of The South Bank Show, a long running UK tv series on aired March 12. Sonic Youth seem ill at ease when they ask Cale some rather bland questions about The Velvet Underground.
Cale is cast as an Aryan Leader (that is: a neo-nazi) in an episode of The Equalizer series named Race Traitors. Aired in the USA by CBS on June 11, 1989.
Basic setup of this series: a bunch of all American heroes kicks the buts of the bad guys.
Cale plays a lonely writer in this short movie losely based on the classic story Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. Directed by Zoe Beloff.
Writes the soundtrack for the short movie Dick directed by Jo Menell. Features women discussing the male sexual organ and showing pictures of said organ. The movie was promoted in a rather corny way:
A humorous look at manís greatest asset ... and liability.
Produces and plays keyboard on various tracks of his Lullabies for Lager Louts album.
During the recording sessions in Moscow with The Orchestra Of Symphonic And Popular Music of Gosteleradio in April the track Year of the Patriot is composed on the spot by Eno and Cale for bass player Rodion Azarkin was also recorded, but not included in the final album.
The song The Soul of Carmen Miranda is a tribute to the Brasilian star of the fourties and fifties.
"Songs Without Words was originally written for a ballet, and Carmen Miranda was one of three collaborations recorded between Brian and me. The actual album was originally for piano and voice and then I decided to go in and orchestrate it. Brian got a video copy of the Amsterdam premier and later I sent him a Canadian documentary about the Falklands war that used the suite, Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed was used as a tribute to the dead on both sides of the war.
Brian was initially impressed by the idea of me sitting at a piano and singing this classical piece. Ironically, the piano parts were dropped. There was a pedal steel part too that was also dropped, which was a result of hearing it played well for the first time by Soviet musicians, when we finally went to Moscow to record it. They dug out every inch of expression from the music. It was amazing, really... total discipline.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night was the one that worked best. It's kind of a camp version set to a tango. I knew it couldn't be rock 'n' roll; I was after doing something that would help me come to terms with Schubert and Hugo Wolff."
The Words For The Dying documentary follows composing and recording of The Falklands Suite in Moscow. With footage of Year of the Patriot (not on the album). Directed by Rob Nilsson.
Dutch singer Mathilde Santing covers (I Keep A) Close Watch on her live album Breast And Brow.
The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy covers The Biggest, Loudest, Hairiest Group Of All, live at the Lounge Ax, Chicago, November 17, 1989.
Yo La Tengo covers Hanky Panky Nohow on their Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo album.
On December 6 Cale and Reed perform Songs for Drella in an empty Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York for a live video directed by Ed Lachman.