John Cale
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

Timeline: 2000

20th Century Noise - A Millennial Soundtrack

Leaving It Up To You on "20th Century Noise - A Millennial Soundtrack"

Leaving It Up To You is one of the tracks on the 20th Century Noise - A Millennial Soundtrack CD that was included with the January issue of the English music monthly Uncut.

Abschied poster

Scoring "Abschied"

Writes the score for Abschied by German director Jan Schütte. It is a fictionalized story about playwright Bertold Brecht, spending his last days in the DDR in 1956.

Mediæval Baebes

Producing Mediæval Baebes

Produces the album Undrentide of the English singing group Mediæval Baebes.

The bossa nova version of the At a Springe-wel track is left off the UK-release of the album at the last minute. It was supposed to be included for the rest of the world, but that did not happen either.

Omnes Gentes Plaudite (The Drinking Song) is included on the Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006 compilation album (2012).

John Cale in Beautiful Mistake

Beautiful Mistake

Writes the score for the film Beautiful Mistake (Camgymeriad Gwych) which also features music by Welsh bands Catatonia, Derrero and Super Furry Animals. Directed by Marc Evans, who also directed House of America, a movie to which he contributed a piece for the soundtrack in 1997.

Cover for the DVD of Beautiful Mistake

Cale plays piano and organ throughout the film. He performs Ready For Drowning and Some Friends with James Dean Bradfield from the Manic Street Preachers, Buffalo Ballet with Derrero, and I Keep A Close Watch with Cerys Matthews from Catatonia. Viola on Gwyddbwyll with Tystion.

The movie premiered at the Cardiff International Film Festival on November 29.

Love me

Love me

Soundtrack for Love Me, directed by Laetitia Masson. Cale contributes nine instrumentals. The Fragments Of A Rainy Season version of Heartbreak Hotel is also on the album. Limited edition of 10.000 numbered copies.

Dr. Cale

Doctor honoris causa Cale

Receives an honorary degree of The Antwerp University (Belgium) on May 24th. Mathematics professor - and fan of his music - Robert Lowen acts as his promoter. After the ceremony, he signs autographs for students and professors. By way of thanks he plays an impromptu show on May 30 at arts center De Singel in Antwerp.

Sugar Ray cover Spinning Away

American rock band Sugar Ray do a cover on the soundtrack of The Beach movie: the Cale/Eno track Spinning Away from Wrong Way Up.

American Psycho

Scoring American Psycho

Writes the score for American Psycho, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis about a yuppie going berserk. After much hassle - the producers wanted the publishing rights and Cale was not having that - the final soundtrack includes two short pieces of the music, ruined by voice-overs from the actors in the film. A promo copy of the full score exists and it was included in the extras of the DVD.

Writer/Director Mary Harron on Cale's score:

"Cale was going for a soulful, even melancholy sound to compliment the soundtrack’s poppy brightness (...) at times had to write the soundtrack playing in Bateman’s head. John had to write in a more Hollywood style to match Bateman’s surreal, overblown shootout scene. In a way, Bateman is living his own movie, especially towards the end. We needed a score to mirror Bateman living out his fantasy."

Spiritualized cover Why Don't You Smile Now

English rock band Spiritualized release a slow cover of Why Don't You Smile Now on a 3-track CD single. Contains the full version and an edited version. The full version is included on their Complete Works Vol 1 album released in 2003.

Inside The Dream Syndicate Vol. 1: Day Of Niagara 1965

Inside The Dream Syndicate Vol. 1: Day Of Niagara 1965

Release of Inside The Dream Syndicate Vol. 1: Day Of Niagara 1965, a legendary piece by the avant-garde group The Dream Syndicate, led by La Monte Young.

Other players besides Cale and Young on this release are Marian Zazeela, Angus MacLise and Tony Conrad. It was recorded on New York on April 25, 1965.

"These recordings are (part of) a library of effort that represented, for Tony and I at last, a labour of love. The power and majesty that was in that music is still on these tapes."

John Cale
"What I had learned first about John Cale was that he had written a piece which pushed a piano down a mine shaft. We hungered for music almost seething beyond control - or even something just beyond music, a violent feeling of soaring unstoppably, powered by immense angular machine across abrupt and torrential seas of pounding blood."

Tony Conrad

The original tape of this recording was supposedly copied by Arnold Dreyblatt, who was an assistant of La Monte Young, and that copy had been gathering dust for decades before it ended up with the record label, which might explain the below-par sound quality and other issues. La Monte Young disowned the release and there was talk about legal action. On July 10, 2000 he posted a statement on his website to that effect:

"The Table of The Elements (ToE) CD 74, "day of Niagara" April 25, 1965, is an unauthorized release of my music from my ongoing composition, The Tortoise, His Dreams and Journeys (1964-present).

I have taken the position all along for many years that I am the sole composer of the underlying musical composition on this recording.

It is my understanding that the performers on the recording can no longer contest my position because the three-year statute of limitations on their claims of co-authorship expired many years ago.

Further, I believe that my position is correct as a matter of substantive law as well. As I previously stated in an interview published in The Wire magazine (Issue 178, December 1998): "To be co-authors you had to agree that there was co-authorship, which I of course never did; also, in order to be co-authors, your section, whatever your contribution is, has to be copyrightable by itself, which the contributions of Cale and Conrad may not be."

The sound quality of my Original Master tape is certainly measurably superior to the "now restored and digitally remastered" CD made from the allegedly unauthorized copy of my tape that has somehow surfaced at Table of The Elements. Many of the reasons for the poor sound quality of the CD are enumerated in Section II, "Sound Quality of the CD" below. The version ToE wants to release is flawed and contains several problems that were created in the process of the unauthorized copying, not the least of which is that approximately one and a half minutes of music are completely missing from their copy."
Saint Cyr

Saint Cyr

Release of the soundtrack for Saint Cyr, a movie by French film director and screenwriter by Patricia Mazuy set in the 17th Century at the court of Louis XIV. The score was nominated for a César (the French Academy Award) for Best Original Music.

© 1999- Hans Werksman