John Cale, Nick Cave & Chrissie Hynde: Songwriters Circle (BBC 1999)

Twenty years ago next month, at the crest of the twentieth century, the BBC aired an episode of its long-running “Songwriters Circle” with featured guests John Cale, Nick Cave and Chrissie Hynde. Recorded in London at the Subterania Club, it’s an intimate, potent pairing.

In contrast to its cacophonous origins (via 1982’s Music for a New Society), an acoustic rendering of Cale’s “Thoughtless Kind” kicks things off, setting the evening’s subsequent pace. Nick Cave’s catholic treatment of “Into My Arms” shines, while Hynde runs through her sturdy run of (by 1999) radio staples.