Falling (Julee Cruise song)

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Single by Julee Cruise
from the album Floating into the Night
B-side "Theme from Twin Peaks (Instrumental)"/"Floating"
Released 1990 (1990)
Format CD, 12", 7", CS
Recorded 1989 (1989) at Excalibur Sound Productions in New York, New York
Genre Dream pop, ambient
Length 4:12 (Radio edit)
5:21 (Album version)
Label Warner Bros. (US/UK)
WEA International (Germany)
Songwriter(s) Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch
Producer(s) Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch
Julee Cruise singles chronology
"Rockin' Back Inside My Heart"
"Rockin' Back Inside My Heart"

"Falling" is a song by the American dream pop singer Julee Cruise. It is the lead single and second track from her debut studio album, Floating into the Night (1989). Featuring music composed by Angelo Badalamenti and lyrics written by David Lynch, an instrumental version of "Falling" was used as the theme song for the ABC television series Twin Peaks and its Showtime revival.

Twin Peaks gained a cult following after its original broadcast in April 1990, and "Falling" subsequently charted in 12 countries worldwide — including reaching No. 1 on the Australian Singles Chart. The instrumental version of the song, performed by Badalamenti, won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 32nd Grammy Awards.[1] This instrumental version is included in the first volume of the Pure Moods compilation album series but is erroneously titled on the artwork and liner notes as being the theme for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.[2]

A demo version by Cruise (5:56 in length[3]) was released in 1994 as No. 15 in Warner Bros./Reprise Records’ Soil X Samples promotional singles series, which ran from 1990-1997. The green vinyl 7” was a split single, “Falling” backed with “Syria” by Not Drowning, Waving. 

Cruise recorded a new version of the song and released it as a hidden track on her 2002 album The Art of Being a Girl.

In 2010, Pitchfork Media ranked "Falling" at No. 146 on its "Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s".[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced featuring Julee Cruise performing the song through soft curtains and dramatic red lighting. It fades to various scenes from the Twin Peaks television series. The version used in the video is an edited cut of the song.

Cover versions[edit]

"Falling" has been covered by a number of artists since its original release. In 1990, the German house band The Mob released a four-track single entitled "Theme from Twin Peaks", which included three original mixes of "Falling."[5] Danish radio DJ Kjeld Tolstrup released an EP of three dance renditions of the song — "The Log Lady Mix", "The Ronnette Pulaski Mix" and "The Log Lady Mix Short Version"[6] in 1991, under the pseudonym One–Eyed Jacks, the name of the casino/brothel in Twin Peaks. English band The Wedding Present recorded a version of "Falling" that was released on their 1992 single "Silver Shorts" and included on the band's compilation album Hit Parade 1 (1992).[7] The Apoptygma Berzerk song "Moment of Tranquility", from the 2000 album Welcome to Earth, is based on the Twin Peaks theme song, with different lyrics.

In 2010, a cover of "Falling" by Girls Names, a noise pop band from Northern Ireland, appeared on a 15-track sampler, Young & Research.[8] Also in 2010, Bright Light Bright Light, the pseudonym of Welsh electropop singer Rod Thomas, released a cover of "Falling" online for free.[9] A corresponding music video was recorded in Snoqualmie, Washington—where the Twin Peaks pilot episode was shot—and featured scenes at several locations from the series.[10] Dream pop band Field Mouse included the song on an EP released in 2012. American folktronica duo The Endless included instrumental and vocal renditions of "Falling" as well as other songs from Twin Peaks on their EP Holiday 2012, proceeds from which were donated to Médecins Sans Frontières, a humanitarian aid charity.[11] In October 2013, Gavin Castleton and Lex Land posted a version to YouTube and Soundcloud. The Joy Formidable released a cover of Badalamenti's instrumental as "Twin Peaks" in 2015.[12] In February 2016, Lily Fawn and Eric Hogg, recording as Songs From The Black Lodge, released a 7-song EP[13] containing six "Twin Peaks" covers and one original tune. On Record Store Day 2016 (April 16), experimental rock band Xiu Xiu released Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, a tribute to Angelo Badalamenti's original soundtrack, featuring a seven-minute rendition of "Falling."[14]

Chrysta Bell (who plays Agent Tammy Preston in Twin Peaks' revival) released a cover version of the song in 2017.[15]

Track listings[edit]

UK 7" and US cassette (W9544/W9544C)
  1. "Falling" (edit) – 4:12
  2. "Theme from Twin Peaks" (instrumental) – 4:45
UK 12" and European CD (W9544T/W9544CD)
  1. "Falling" (edit) – 4:12
  2. "Theme from Twin Peaks" (instrumental) – 4:45
  3. "Floating" – 4:55

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[16] 5
Norwegian Singles Chart[17] 3
UK Singles Chart[18] 7
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[19] 11
Chart (1991) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[20] 1
Austrian Ö3 Top 40[21] 14
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[22] 14
Dutch Singles Chart[23] 17
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[24] 33
Swedish Singles Chart[25] 2
Chart (1992) Peak
German Singles Chart[26] 17
Swiss Hitparade Singles Chart[27] 25


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  3. ^ "Not Drowning, Waving / Julee Cruise - Soil X Samples 15". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 150–101 | Features". Pitchfork Media. August 31, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Theme from Twin Peaks (LP). The Mob. Flim Flam Records. 1990. FFR 0534. 
  6. ^ Falling (LP). One-Eyed Jacks. RCA Records. 1991. PT 44434. 
  7. ^ "Hit Parade 1 – The Wedding Present". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Premiere: Girls Names – Falling (Twin Peaks Theme)". RCRD LBL. Downtown Music. September 13, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
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  11. ^ "The Endless Releases Twin Peaks Holiday EP". welcometotwinpeaks.com. 710-YEP. December 19, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ The Joy Formidable. "The Joy Formidable: "Twin Peaks" - iTunes Store". iTunes. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Songs from the Black Lodge, by Songs from the Black Lodge". Songs from the Black Lodge. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  14. ^ "Xiu Xiu: Plays the Music of Twin Peaks Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
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  25. ^ "Julee Cruise – Falling (Theme from Twin Peaks)". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Single – Julee Cruise, Falling (The Theme From Twin Peaks)". Media Control Charts (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Julee Cruise – Falling (Theme from Twin Peaks)". Hitparade (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 

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