The Velvet Underground in 1993
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

John Cale on screen

TV Appearances: the nineties

Maech 3, 1991 - Kulturreport, Germany

Last Day on Earth rehearsals with Bob Neuwirth in the WDR program Kulturreport.

Performing on Later ...

November 26, 1992 - Later With Jools Holland, UK

Cale performs on the BBC tv show Later With Jools Holland, broadcasted on November 26. He plays two songs - Dying On The Vine and Hallelujah, accompanied by the Duke String Quartet.

Performing on Le cercle ...

November 26, 1992 - Le cercle de minuit, France

Cale performs on the French tv show Le cercle de minuit, November 26. He plays Dying On The Vine.

1993 - Mal Pope Show, Wales

Performs Leaving It Up to You and Fear.

January 19, 1993 - Tonight Show with Jay Leno, USA

Performs Paris 1919 with The Solider String Quartert and Sterling Morrison on guitar, followed by a brief chat with Jay Leno. According Cale this happened on November, 1992:

"In November 1992 I appeared on The Tonight Show and said the VU were going to get back together, for the money. I was joking. Money has always been a consequence of what we’ve done, not a goal. And it remains that way. What was ultimately gratifying was that people would get to see what contributions people other than Lou and I made to the sound we had. That was very important. They saw what role Sterling had, and reinforced everything they understood about Maureen."

June 25, 1993 - MTV Europe

Sweet Jane live at the Glastonbury Festival. Interview with Sterling & Moe.

Cale in Memphis, October 8

October 8, 1994 - Pay per view, USA

Performs Heartbreak Hotel at Elvis - The Tribute Concert, live at The Pyramid Arena in Memphis, TN, USA.

1995 - Czech TV

Broadcast of the June 5, 1994 show recorded at the opening of the the Archa Theatre in Prague, collaborating with the Japanese dancer Min Tanaka. Partial setlist: Grandfather's House, Riverbank, Chinese Envoy, Broken Hearts, Cordoba, Fear Is A Man's Best Friend with part of brutal noisy solo on distortion Stratocaster.

Cale Rock & Roll, PBS, USA

1995 - Rock & Roll, PBS, USA

Cale is interviewed about The Velvet Underground for the PBS series Rock & Roll. He is featured in Episode 7 (The Wild Side).

Cale on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

September 25, 1996 - Tonight Show with Jay Leno, USA

Performs Dancing Undercover on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. BJ Cole on pedal steel.

1997 - Arena, UK

Long running BBC documentary series Arena devoted an entire episode to the banana. Cale on the Andy Warhol cover.

Cale at the Paradiso in Amsterdam

February 26, 1998 - Dutch NPS Television

Footage of the February 25 show at the Paradiso. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The show was billed as With A Little Help From My Friends. He shared the stage with Siouxsie & The Creatures, Carol van Dijk (singer with Bettie Serveert) and Het Metropool Orkest conducted by Dick Bakker. Performs Chinese Envoy, Paris 1919 and Dying On The Vine with the Orchestra, Silent Spring with Carol van Dijk, and Murdering Mouth and I Was Me with Siouxsie. The footage is repeated regularly over the years on Dutch Television.

March 25, 1998 - BBC Wales

BBC Wales airs thr James Marsh directed documentary on their The Slate program.

Cale at the Archa Theatre

1998 - Czech TV

Broadcast of a concert of the John Cale Trio at the Archa THeatre, Prague, May 20, 1998.

January 12, 1999 - The Jack Docherty Show, UK

Interview conducted by Jack Docherty. Broadcasted on Channel 5.

May 14, 1999 - Later With Jools Holland, UK

Plays on the May 14 broadcast of Later With Jools Holland.

Songwriters Circle

September 7, 1999 - BBC "Songwriters Circle"

John Cale, Nick Cave & Chrissie Hynde. Recorded live for the Songwriters Circle program at the Subterania Club, London UK, broadcasted by the BBC September 7, 1999. Recorded May 12, 1999.

The concept of this programme was having 3 singer songwriters meeting up only 1 hour before and to come up with a 1 hour acoustic set for filming. This was also broadcast by the digital/satellite arts channel UK Arena (now defunct) as "Later In The Round". This recording is from a recent re-broadcast on Australian TV.

»Special thanks:

Ken Clarke

© 1999- Hans Werksman