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

John Cale setlists 1999

Dead Agents program

London 1999-04-24

First night of the four nights of readings at London's ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), UK as part of the mixed-media event Dead Agents - April 24, 1999.

It included live footage of the John Cale Trio in Prague, an exhibition of b&w photos taken by Eve Vermandel, readings by Cale from his autobiography What's Welsh For Zen, a collaboration with American DJ Adam Dorn, and readings of selected lyrics from his back catalogue.

The new piece Dead Agents is based on the book Between Silk and Cyanide by former Special Operations Executive (SOE) Leo Marks. Astrid Williamson handled the backing vocals for Dead Agents. Each night ended with the screening of a film, in this case a performance of Cale with Japanese dancer Min Tanaka filmed at the Archa Theatre, Prague on June 5, 1994.


  1. The Jeweller
  2. Ghost Story
  3. Ship Of Fools
  4. Cordoba
  5. Amsterdam
  6. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
  7. Hallelujah
  8. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
  9. Dead Agents

© 1999- Hans Werksman