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Julee Cruise performing live, 2008
December 1, 1956|
Creston, Iowa, United States
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actress, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, French horn|
Warner Bros. Records|
WEA International Inc.
Avex Asia Ltd.
|Website||Julee Cruise on Facebook|
Julee A. Cruise (born December 1, 1956, Creston, Iowa) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and musician best known for her collaborations with composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She has released four albums and collaborated with a variety of other artists. She is best known for her song "Falling", the theme song for the television series Twin Peaks.
Early life and career
Julee Cruise studied French horn at Drake University and performed as a singer and actress in Minneapolis with the famed Children's Theater Company (notably in the role of Jinjur in stage adaptations of L. Frank Baum's Oz books). She moved to New York and played Janis Joplin in a revue called Beehive, while also working with Badalamenti.
Collaborations with Badalamenti and Lynch
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In 1985, Badalamenti was composing the score for David Lynch's Blue Velvet, as well as serving as the vocal coach for the film's star, Isabella Rossellini. A key scene in Blue Velvet was intended to feature This Mortal Coil's version of "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, but when the rights to the song proved prohibitively expensive, it was suggested that Badalamenti compose a pop song in the same style, with lyrics written by Lynch. Because the song required a vocalist with a haunting, ethereal voice, Badalamenti recommended Cruise, who had sung in a New York theater workshop Badalamenti had produced. The result of their initial collaboration was "Mysteries of Love", which figures prominently in Blue Velvet's closing scenes and gained a cult following.
Badalamenti and Lynch went on to write and produce additional songs for Cruise, most of which were featured in her debut album, Floating into the Night (1989). The album was released on 12 September 1989 by Warner Bros. Records, and charted on Billboard the following year. It also provided musical material for Lynch's Industrial Symphony No. 1, in which Cruise performed while "floating" from a harness dozens of feet above a stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The second, more significant project was the soundtrack to Lynch's Twin Peaks, for which Badalamenti composed the original score. The song "Falling", which became the orchestral theme for the television series, caused a minor sensation, winning a Grammy at the 33rd Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental. The Twin Peaks soundtrack, featuring Cruise on the songs "Into the Night" and "The Nightingale" as well as on the vocal version of "Falling", eventually went gold (500,000+ copies) in the US, a rare feat for a television soundtrack. Cruise made a number of appearances on Twin Peaks as a singer at a local bar, and was prominently featured in both the show's landmark pilot episode and the episode where Laura Palmer's murderer is revealed, as well as in 1992's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart", the second single from Floating into the Night, was released in 1990 and was also featured in an episode of Twin Peaks along with "The World Spins"; in the episode, several of the main female characters are shown lip-synching to "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart."
Cruise reinterpreted and sang the theme song for an episode of the USA Network show Psych. The episode, "Dual Spires" (s05/ep12 12/01/2010), was about a secluded town full of secrets and skeletons while they investigate the murder of a girl. It aired 20 years to the day after Laura Palmer's murderer was revealed.
Cruise appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 12, 1990, filling in along with Spanic Boys on short notice when scheduled performer Sinéad O'Connor refused to appear on the same show as guest host Andrew Dice Clay. Cruise performed "Falling."
The following year, Cruise recorded a Lynch- and Badalamenti-produced cover of the Elvis Presley song "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" for the soundtrack of Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World. Afterward, Cruise maintained a relatively low profile until her second album, The Voice of Love, was released in 1993. An instrumental version of "She Would Die for Love" was used as the main theme for the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
Cruise's early collaborations with Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch were closely related to Lynch's film work, and their lyrics often reflect this. For example, "Into the Night" begins with the whispered words "Now it's dark", a line which was repeatedly spoken by Frank Booth, Dennis Hopper's character, in Blue Velvet. Lynch also photographed Cruise for the liner notes of Floating Into the Night and The Voice of Love, and created the sculptures featured on the covers of both albums.
In 2017 she appeared in Part 17 of the new Twin Peaks season performing 'The World Spins'.
Cruise released the EP Three Demos in 2018, containing the original demo versions of "Floating", "Falling" and "The World Spins".
Post-Badalamenti and Lynch
Cruise's long-delayed third album, The Art of Being a Girl, was released in 2002. This was the first of her albums for which Badalamenti and Lynch did not produce or write any of the music, with music and lyrics for each of the songs being written by Cruise herself (with the exception of an updated version of her classic single "Falling") and guest produced by Rick Strom and Mocean Worker.
In 2011, Cruise released her fourth album My Secret Life. The album was a collaboration with DJ Dmitry (formerly of Deee-lite) and contained a cover of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" and a cover (technically) of Hybrid's "Fatal Beating" called "A Fatal Beating".
Cruise also acted and sang in the off-Broadway cast of Return to the Forbidden Planet, a spoof of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, and toured with The B-52's as Cindy Wilson's touring stand-in on and off from 1992 to 1999. She also performed regularly with Bobby McFerrin's improvisational vocal group Voicestra/CircleSong.
She appeared as Andy Warhol (among other characters, including Susan Sontag) in the 2004 Keith Haring bio-musical Radiant Baby at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, directed by George C. Wolfe.
Cruise has also lent her vocals to works by a miscellaneous list of collaborators, mostly in electronic music.
She collaborated with Moby on his song "Drown Disco" which remains unreleased.
She provided vocals and lyrics to several of the songs on Wide Angle (1999), the debut album by Welsh electronic music group Hybrid, notably the nuskool breaks track "If I Survive". Also in 1999, she performs on two songs on Don't Panic! by DJ Silver, "Sweet Dreams" and "I'm Your Girl".
She appeared on the albums 1-900-Get-Khan (1999) and No Comprendo (2001) by dance artist Khan (Can Oral), and also performed live and toured numerous times with him. The lyrics for many of these songs, such as "Body Dump", reflect Cruise's own interest in true crime. Their most successful collaboration, the classic "Say Good-bye," was a hit in Europe and elsewhere.
She was featured in 2 songs on Supa DJ Dmitry's (formerly of Deee-Lite) album Scream of Consciousness (2000), "Don't Talk Me Down" (originally issued on TVT 7311-0 12") and a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity".
More recently, Cruise has appeared as a guest vocalist on Sarcast While, the 2006 full-length album from the New York band, Time of Orchids, released on Tzadik Records. Her vocals also appear on five tracks on Kenneth Bager's 2006 album Fragments From A Space Cadet.
Cruise also contributed vocals on Ror-Shak's 2007 album Deep, on the song "Fate or Faith".
Cover versions, film soundtracks and adverts
Cruise has recorded several memorable covers over the years, including Sir Cliff Richard's "Wired for Sound" with B(if)tek, R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" with Eric Kupper, Eurythmics's "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" with DJ Silver, Elvis Presley's "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears", and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" with Supa DJ Dmitry.
In 1996, Cruise with the Flow appeared on the Scream soundtrack with the song "Artificial World (Interdimensional Mix)".
In 2001, Cruise contributed two exclusive tracks to the Nutcracker: An American Nightmare soundtrack CD maxi-single, "In Your World Of Blue" and "Never Let You Go".
In 2003, Depeche Mode songwriter Martin Gore included a cover version of Cruise's song "In My Other World" (from her 1993 album The Voice of Love) on Counterfeit², the second in his series of cover albums dedicated to his own musical influences and atmospheric inspirations.
Cruise's song "Floating" was featured in TV advertisements and trailers for the show The Riches, which debuted on FX in March 2007. The next year her music was used in CSI: Miami and in episode 12 of season 5 of Psych, "Dual Spires", which was a spoof of Twin Peaks.
In 2012, her song "The World Spins" was used in an episode of the TV show House.
- Floating into the Night (1989)
- The Voice of Love (1993)
- The Art of Being a Girl (2002)
- My Secret Life (2011)
|1990||"Falling"||11||7||1||Floating into the Night|
|1991||"Rockin' Back Inside My Heart"||—||66||107|
|"Summer Kisses, Winter Tears"||—||—||—||Until the End of the World OST|
|1992||"Questions in a World of Blue" (promo only)||—||—||—||The Voice of Love|
|1993||"Movin' In on You" (promo only)||—||—||—|
|1999||"If I Survive" (by Hybrid)||—||52||—||Wide Angle|
- Can "Khan" Oral ("Say Goodbye", "Body Dump", "Noewhere", and EP album San Jose)
- Hybrid ("If I Survive", "I Know", "Dreaming Your Dreams", "High Life", and "Fatal Beating" in the album Wide Angle)
- Angelo Badalamenti (music from Twin Peaks)
- DJ Dmitry ("Don't Talk Me Down" on the album Screams of Consciousness and producer of Cruise's album My Secret Life)
- The Flow ("Artificial World" on the Scream soundtrack)
- Moby ("Drown Disco")
- The B-52's (tour member during the 1990s)
- Mocean Worker ("Falling in Love")
- David Lynch (music from Twin Peaks and Industrial Symphony No. 1)
- B(if)tek ("Wired for Sound" - AUS #82)
- Bobby McFerrin (performed in McFerrin's improv group)
- Kenneth Bager ("Fragment Two", "Fragment Seven", "Fragment Ten", and "Fragment Eleven" on the album Fragments from a Space Cadet)
- DJ Silver ("Sweet Dreams", "I'm Your Girl", and "Si Chiama Amore")
- Ror Shak ("Fate or Faith")
- Delerium ("Magic" on the album Chimera)
- Handsome Boy Modeling School (Prince Paul & Dan the Automator) (song "Class System" duet with Pharrell on the album White People)
- Marcus Schmickler (aka Pluramon; on the albums Dreams Top Rock and The Monstrous Surplus)
- Moodswings ("Into the Blue" on the album Horizontal)
- Time of Orchids ("A Man to Hide" on the album Sarcast While)
- Atmo. Brtschitsch ("Everyday" on the album Change Your Life)
- Sing 365 Archived 2014-09-03 at the Wayback Machine.
- Grant, Steve (October 17, 1990). "Angelo Badalamenti Mood Awakening". Time Out. p. 21.
- Rock On The Net Grammy Awards list
- Kot, Greg (August 9, 1990). "Last-minute Gig On `Saturday Night` Buoys Spanic Boys". Chicago Tribune.
- Harrison, Andrew (16 May 2017). "'We felt like we could do anything': Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise on the music of Twin Peaks". The Guardian.
- "Andrew Dice Clay". Saturday Night Live. Season 15. Episode 19. May 12, 1990. NBC.
- Listal track listing
- Rolling Stone album review
- Julee Cruise (Twin Peaks, etc.) releases new album with DJ Dmitry (of Deee-lite), tours with Kid Congo Powers & Khan
- Spencer, Jared (2003-03-05). "Radiant Baby Dazzles Audiences at the Public Theater". Columbia Spectator.
- Facebook post
- "Julee Cruise - US Alternative Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-06-08.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 128. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
- Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > Discography Julee Cruise". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
- Top 100 peaks: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart": "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-07-15". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-10-10.