The BBC broadcasts Cale singing I Wanna Be Around in Jools Holland's Hootennanny show. The performance ties in with the Small World Big Band album by Holland (2001). He joins the other guests on the George Harrison song My Sweet Lord. The show was recorded on december 15, 2001. Cale's performance is included on the Hootenanny DVD by Jools Holland (2003).
On february 2 Cale performs with Brian Eno at the Tate Modern. The London Museum hosts an Andy Warhol retrospective. The twosome played five songs, with a notable version of Frozen Warnings, a Nico song.
Shivaree covers Fear Is A Man's Best Friend on her John 2/14 CD single.
The soundtrack of Scrubs, an American tv series includes Cale's version of Hallelujah.
Cale provides the voice-over in N(eon), a short movie directed by Dave McKean. McKean was the designer of Cale's autobiography What's Welsh for Zen.
Belgian label Sub Rosa has released a 2cd set An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Vol. 1, as the first of a seven disc series. Features Trance #2, a Cale / Tony Conrad / Angus MacLise track recorded in New York in the early sixties.
Cale wrote the score for The Otherworld-Mabinogi, a full-length animation directed by Derek Hayes featuring the National Orchestra of Wales. He has mixed the score for DVD-release.
Mercury Rev cover (I Keep A) Close Watch on their CD single Little Rhymes.
Writes an an electronic score for Paris, a film directed by Ramin Niami (who also directed Somewhere In The City). One track - Wilderness Approaching is released on the CDEP 5 Tracks. Another track was included on a various artists promo album.
Polydor releases a 35th anniversary deluxe edition of The Velvet Underground & Nico. The 2 cd set contains the stereo and mono mixes of the album as well as the single versions of "All Tomorrow's Parties", "I'll Be Your Mirror" (with alternate ending), "Sunday Morning" and "Femme Fatale", and five tracks of the Nico album Chelsea Girl. Essay by Dave Thomas. Peelable banana.
Cale performs one song - Don't Pretend on the album Hitting the Ground by Violent Femmes frontman Gordon Gano. Other artists on this album include Frank Black and ... Lou Reed.
Cale is the composer of the soundtrack for the short film New Scenes from America / Nye scener fra Amerika by Danish director Jørgen Leth.
Jørgen Leth's personal, poetic view of America, shot in New York, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and California in September 2001. Jørgen Leth and his cameraman Dan Holmberg decided to make a follow-up to their own classic 66 Scenes from America (1981), particularly famous for the scene in which Andy Warhol eats a hamburger.
They wanted to portray the mythological America, the endless highways, the gas stations, the diners, the motels, the cities. The people in the film include cult figures like the poet John Ashbery, the composer John Cale, the actor Dennis Hopper, and the photographer Robert Frank. The latter's book from the 1950s, The Americans, and the paintings of Edward Hopper inspired Leth and Holmberg, who filmed in the same tableau-like style as for their first film, with no camera movements. John Cale wrote the original score for the film.
Cale performs on Positions, a song cycle by Trash Palace. He does the vocals on The Insult, a track which he co-wrote. Other members of this group include Brian Molko (Placebo) Alison Shaw (The Cranes) and Cozette. Positions is released on Discograph Records (DGCD 81047). Available as an import or through Amazon (France).
A stage version of What's Welsh for Zen - a theatre piece about his own life with lots of new music will be performed at the Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany. Features an actress and a saxophone player. No exact dates. Might be postponed until next year.