Is one of the acts at the WKCR Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 1st. He shared the bill with Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Leroy Jenkins, and The Model Citizens.
He taught David Bowie how to play the viola, the first time he played one. He sat in on Sabotage. After the concert he quipped: "My mum would have been proud of me!" The band consisted of John Cale; Deer France, vocals; Marc Aaron, guitar; Joe Bidewell, keyboards; Tony Shanahan, bass & Dougie Bowne, drums. The events was produced by critic and historian Tim Page.
Sterling Morrisson, who was working as a tugboat captain in Austin, joins the band during a show at Armadillo World Headquarters on April 19 to play guitar on Mercenaries (Ready For War)). After the show the were interviewed on local radio station KWT. Morrison would join the band again four weeks later on May 17.
Cale plays harp, keyboards and piano on Bastard, a track on the Ian Hunter You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic album.
Angus MacLise, the first drummer of The Velvet Underground, dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis om June 21st, Shanta Bawan Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. He was 41.
Produces a four track EP of the Model Citizens. Tracks: Shift the Blame, Animal Instincts, I Am Honest and You Are What You Wear.
After playing rock'n' roll numbers all night with Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson and Corky Laing a four-tune tape is made. Never released officially.
Mixes the Lester Bangs single "Let It Blurt" / "Live". Released on his Spy Records label. Bass: David Hofstra; drums: Jay Dee Daugherty; guitar: Jody Harris, Robert Quine
Spare Change covers Ski Patrol on their Lonely Suits album.
The Necessaries single produced by Cale is released in october. Tracks: You Can Borrow My Car and Runaway Child. Note: this band is the follow-up of Harry Toledo & The Rockets, a band he produced in 1978.
Runaway Child is included on the Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006 compilation album (2012).
Release of the Wrong Way single, produced by Cale. An outtake of the Squeeze album (1978)
"Those kids punching the air in mock salutes declaring they are Ready for War! make me sick... I bet they are ready... like hell. I should have an induction room backstage. Let's see you come back and enlist.
But I have received a lot of reaction from the album like that. Even some of the guys who devise war games for the Pentagon have come to the shows as a result of that record and this tour. It looks like finally I have made an American album.
Right now America has this lingering weak-sister image, but that's because both America and Russia attempt to make deals about the rest of the world while working under the threat of nuclear confrontation. This album is about going through that nuclear barrier, I think that's important. You've got to experience a nuclear war and find out exactly what it does, how people live in the face of it after the fact of it.
There's no reason though, to force my notions on people, I suspect other people are more effective at putting across some of the things i'm interested in. Their ways, at least, are more digestable. I'm afraid nobody really wants to hear what i'm singing about. Its beginning to dawn on me that not that many people are convinced of my commercial appeal."
Cale plays CBGB's in New York on New Year's Eve. He meets Risé Irushalmi on his way out. They start living together after a few weeks.