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

John Cale on screen

TV Appearances: the eighties

Performing Heartbreak Hotel

December 2, 1981 - Spanish TV show with Kevin Ayers

Broadcasted on TVE2 December 2, 1981 on Musical Express. Rebroadcasted May 6, 2006 the TVE 50 Years Channel.

John Cale, Andy Summers, Ollie Halsall, Zanna Gregmar, Pere Colom & Miguel Figuerola.

February 14, 1983 - Casablance TV show, Sweden

Short interview and a solo performance of (I Keep A) Close Watch. Broadcasted on February 14, 1983.

Cale playing Rockpalast 1983

March 6, 1983 - WDR live performance, Rockpalast, Germany

Solo concert taped at the Zeche in Bochum, Germany, by WDR March 6, 1983 for the long running Rockpalast series. Risé Cale does the vocals on Risé, Sam And Rimsky-Korsakov. Released (without Risé, Sam And Rimsky-Korsakov) on 2CD, 2LP and 2DVD in 2010.

August, 1983 - Australian TV

Two interviews on Australian TV, both with Jonathan Richman, his support act for the tour. Performs Chinese Envoy.

John Cale at the German tv show Musik Convoy

January 30, 1984 - Musik Convoy, Germany

Lip-sync performance of Hungry For Love in Zülpich, Germany for the German TV show Musik Convoy on January 30, 1984.

Cale playing Rockpalast 1984

October 14, 1984 - WDR live performance, Rockpalast, Germany

Concert taped at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, by WDR October 14, 1984 for the long running Rockpalast series. Released on 2CD, 2LP and 2DVD in 2010.

Cale in Madrid 1985

February 26, 1985 - Madrid, Spain

Live concert filmed at Prado del Rey (TVE Studio 1), Madrid, Spain - February 26, 1985 for the La Edad de Oro program. Broadcast live by TVE2.

March 1, 1985 - Barcelona, Spain

Recorded live at the Estudios Ideal, Barcelona, Spain - March 1, 1985.

December 12, 1985 - Old Grey Whistle Test, UK

Performs Dying On The Vine. Note: some sources think this actually happened in March. They are wrong.

Cale on the Southbank show - April 27, 1986

April 27, 1986 - South Bank Show, London Weekend Television. ITV, UK

Documentary about the Velvets. Performs Thoughtless Kind. Contains footage of the January 13, 1966 Velvets show at the Annual Dinner of the New York Society for Clinical Psychiatry at Delmonico's Hotel, New York.

1986 - Rock Arena, Australia

Performs Thoughtless Kind.

Amsterdam 1987-11-15

November 14/15 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

November 14th and 15th world premiere of The Falklands Suite at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

It consists of four poems - There Was A Saviour, On A Wedding Anniversary, Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) set to music by Cale, and two instrumental interludes. The performances are filmed by the VPRO for Dutch TV.

1988 - Cargo De Nuit, Belgium

Broadcast of a concert in Brussels (March 24)). Nico was the support act. She joined Cale on tage for A Child's Christmas In Wales. Songs in the broadcast: Win A Few, A Child's Christmas In Wales, I'm Waiting For The Man, Darling I Need You, Heartbreak Hotel, Guts.

On Dutch TV show Onrust - 1988

1988 - Onrust, The Netherlands

Performs (I Keep A) Close Watch and Fear Is A Man's Best Friend on Dutch TV show Onrust, broadcasted by the VPRO. He is interviewed by Bram van Splunteren. The segment also contained a bit of footage from the Words For The Dying documentary.

Live at the Crystal Palace Concert Bowl, London, UK - June 7, 1975

1989 Tele 5, Germany

Performances of Fear Is A Man's Best Friend and Buffalo Ballet were recorded the Crystal Palace Concert Bowl, London, UK on June 7, 1975. are broadcasted by Tele 5 in Germany.

1989 - The Later Show, England

Performs Heartbreak Hotel and The Soul of Carmen Miranda. With BJ Cole on slide guitar.

On the Sunday Night Show - February 19, 1989

February 19, 1989 - Sunday Night Show, USA

With Lou Reed. Performs Style It Takes and Nobody But You in a N.Y.C. TV Studio.

Put The Blood In The Music

March 12, 1989 - "Put The Blood In The Music"

Episode of The South Bank Show, a long running UK tv series. Members of NYV experimental noise rock Sonic Youth seem ill at ease when they ask Cale some rather bland questions about the Velvet Underground.

John Cale in The Equalizer

June 11, 1989 - The Equalizer, USA

Cale is cast as an Aryan Leader (that is: a neo-nazi) in an episode of The Equalizer series named Race Traitors. Aired in the USA by CBS on June 11, 1989.

November 11, 1989 - Late Night With David Letterman, USA

With Lou Reed. A five minute segment on this TV show. They performed Nobody But You from Songs For Drella.

»Special thanks:

Ken Clarke

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