Rhino Records releases the extensive 2-CD compilation in a slipcase with a booklet: Seducing Down The Door: A Collection 1970-1990.
This compilation includes rare tracks like Jack The Ripper. The booklet contains liner notes by Barry Alfonso.
American director Zoe Beloff collaborates with Cale in the creation of "an hour long B/W 16mm Film/3D Side/Music live-performance piece (...) commissioned by The Arts at St. Ann's." Cale and the Soldier String Quartet accompany screenings of the film on April 22 and 23.
Cale premiered Life Underwater in 1987 in New York.
Release of Last Day On Earth, an album with Bob Neuwirth, 'a blueprint for theatre'. The theatre piece never happens. The piece is performed live during a short tour.
"When I got through with Drella I went to St Ann's and got them to commission the project. Then MCA popped up and said lets do it. I'd known Bob for years and we jumped at the chance. I don't know any record label who could have foreseen what this piece was going to be. I'm really gratified with the results...the concept is pretty expansive. The thread between the songs could have been pretty much anything. There are so many hooks thrown away in the record that you could fashion more than one story. It depends on what kind of story you want to tell, whether you want a romantic story, a tragic story, or a social commentary story...all those are possible as the record stands."
On June 5, Cale performs at the festive opening of the Archa Theatre in Prague, collaborating with the Japanese dancer Min Tanaka.
In the course of the evening, a word about the not-so-easy communication of different cultures sounded in the opening short speech of the director of the Archa Theatre Ondr(ej Hrab. John Cale had a relatively easier situation, as he only introduced his music to a confrontation - a momentary reaction for Tanaka was precise. For the greater part, Cale alternated the pre-recorded compositions with live performances of a piano repertoire including his most recent works (Chinese Envoy, Broken Hearts,...) and one (completely disharmonic) guitar solo to a pre-recorded composition. At first it seemed that the expression of the much more proportionate in the shadows of the intensity of expressions of the milder and entirely more abstract Min Tanaka was exposed to a confrontation of everything that came into his world from elsewhere - the gradually brought attention to a stronger experience that was strongly built on communication. The absolutely concentrated Tanaka (for several years, he was holder of the title Best Dancer in the Empire) gradually wandered through the evening. He started with barely visible movements, and near the end, he was already responding to the rhythm of the piano. At the end, John Cale acknowledged that the evening emerged from both sides: the meditation, the supple improvisation on the borders of harmony and disharmony was a magical approach to the exact imprint of the present moment.
The show was filmed by Czech tv and broadcasted in 1995.
Cale takes part in the spoken word performances at Thread Waxing Space in New York (June 15, 16 and 17) for the Memory Broadcast Network, readding reading cut up pieces of "Torture and Modernity in Iran" by Darius M. Rejali, an unpublished book at the time, whilst the art scenery moved around him.
Bob Neuwirth invites Cale to play piano on Vince Bell's Phoenix album. Geoff Muldaur plays banjo, mandolin and guitars.
Australian folkrock group My Friend the Chocolate Cake cover Chinese Envoy on their Throwing It All Away CDEP.
Writes the soundtrack for the short animation movie Ah Pook Is Here. Directed by Phillip Hunt, written by John Carter. Voice by William S Burroughs. Produced at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Cale contributed to the Dead City Radio tribute album released in 1990.
Contributes an unplugged version of Cordoba on Rare On Air Vol. 1 - KCRW Live Performances.
Does the vocal on the track First Evening of the Hector Zazou Sahara Blue album.
During the Summer he produces five tracks of Siouxsie & The Banshees's The Rapture album: Tearing Apart, Falling Down The Lonely One, Forever and The Rapture. He mixed Fall from Grace. The album is released in 1995.
Tearing Apart is included on the Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006 compilation album (2012).
Performs the Dylan Thomas poem Your Pain Shall Be A Music on his Your Pain Shall Be A Music album by Yohji Yamamoto.
Is commissioned to write the music for a screening of the classic silent movie The Unknown for the Perdone Silent Film Festival in Italy (October 15). Records The Unknown at the Théatre de La Colline during the Cinémémoires Festival, Paris, France, December 5th. Also performed in Brussels (October 18) and Lyon (December 8). Released in 1999.