John Cale in Gent - photo: Yves Lorson
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

Timeline: 1983

Performing on Swedish TV

He does a short interview and a solo performance of (I Keep A) Close Watch for the Swedish Casablance TV show. Broadcasted on February 14, 1983.

Cale's father dies

After a brief stay in hospital, Cale's father William Arthur George Cale dies on March 28. He was 79.

Cale on stage in Bochum - March 6

Live TV broadcast Rockpalast

A solo show at the Zeche in Bochum, Germany (March 6), is taped and broadcasted live for the long running Rockpalast series.

Risé Cale joins him on stage for the vocals on Risé, Sam And Rimsky-Korsakov.

The concert has been re-broadcasted many times and was widely bootlegged before finally getting an official release in 2010 as part of the Live At Rockpalast set (without the Risé part).

Made for TV

Made For TV

Produces the single So Afraid of the Russians/Unknown Soldier by English New Wave group Made For TV. Plays baritone guitar, synth percussion and transatlantic telephone.

UP-TIGHT: The Velvet Underground Story

UP-TIGHT: The Velvet Underground Story

Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga publish their essential book UP-TIGHT: The Velvet Underground Story. Updated in 1995, including a new section about the 1993 Velvets reunion.

On the recording of the White Light/White Heat album:

"Most of the recording was done straight through; Sister Ray was one piece. I Heard Her Call My Name and Here She Comes Now evolved in the studio. We never performed them live. The Gift was a story Lou had written a long time ago when he was at Syracuse University. It was my idea to do it as a spoken-word thing. We had this piece called 'Booker T' that was just an instrumental, so instead of wasting it, we decided to combine them."

Velvets' Royalties

Cale's lawyer Chris Whent starts to sort out the mess of the Velvets' financial records. It will take three years for the first royalty checks to arrive.

© 1999- Hans Werksman