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 included on the Uncut CD 20th Century Noise - A Millennial Soundtrack of the January issue.

A la Verticale de l'Éte


Writes the scores for Abschied, A la Verticale de l'Éte by Vietnamese director Anh Hung Tran, and Wisconsin Death Trip.

The latter was directed by James Marsh, who also made the John Cale documentary for BBC Wales in 1998. Cale's music is used for the end titles.

Mediæval Baebes

Mediaeval Cale

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

The bossa nova version of At a Springe Wel is pulled off at the last stage of the UK-release. 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).

Cale with Cerys Matthews

Beautiful Mistake

Writes the score for the film Beautiful Mistake which also features music by Welsh bands Catatonia, Derrero and Super Furry Animals. The film was released in 2001.

Directed by Marc Evans, who also directed House of America, scored by Cale in 1997.

In the studio

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

Love me

Love me

Soundtrack for Love Me. 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 Cale

Receives an honorary degree of The Antwerp University (Belgium) on May 24th.

Cale on The Beach

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

American Psycho

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 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 they were 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 soundtrackís poppy brightness (...) at times had to write the soundtrack playing in Batemanís head. John had to write in a more Hollywood style to match Batemanís 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."

Why Don't You Smile Now cover

Spiritualized release a cover of Why Don't You Smile Now is 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.

Day of Niagara

Dream Syndicate

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.

La Monte Young disowned the release and there was talk about legal action.

Saint Cyr

Saint Cyr

Release of Saint Cyr soundtrack. The score was nominated for a César (the French Academy Award).

© 1999- Hans Werksman