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Julee Cruise

Julee Cruise performing live, 2008
Background information
Born December 1, 1956 (1956-12-01) (age 53)
Creston, Iowa, United States
Genres Dream pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals French Horn
Years active 1985 – present
Labels Warner Bros. Records
WEA International Inc.
Avex Asia Ltd.
Distinct'ive Records
Playhouse Records
Website Official Myspace

Julee Cruise (born December 1, 1956, Creston, Iowa) is an American singer, and actress.

With a distinctive, airy voice, Cruise has recorded three albums, but is probably best known for the lead vocal on "Falling," the theme song for the cult U.S. television series Twin Peaks. Until recently, she was a frequent collaborator with composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch, who produced and wrote the lyrics for most of her songs.

Cruise currently lives in Manhattan with her husband Edward Grinnan, the editor-in-chief of Guideposts Magazine. She is in pre-production for her upcoming album featuring New York musicians Jesse Krakow, Clifton Hyde and Mike Pride which will be released in 2010.

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Biography

Early life and career

Julee Cruise studied French horn at Drake University and performed as a singer and actress in Minneapolis (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`, whilst also working as a talent scout for Badalamenti.[1]

Collaborations with Badalamenti and Lynch

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Blue Velvet

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 Julee Cruise, who had sung "like an angel" in a New York theater workshop that Badalamenti had produced. The result of their initial collaboration was "Mysteries of Love", which figures prominently in Blue Velvet's closing scenes.

Floating Into The Night

Positive reaction to "Mysteries of Love" led Badalamenti and Lynch to write and produce additional songs for Cruise, most of which were featured in her debut album, Floating Into the Night. The album was released on 12 September 1989 by Warner Bros. Records, and charted on Billboard the following year. A moody, tightly structured collection of dream pop songs with lush, idiosyncratic orchestrations and intentionally retro lyrics, Floating Into the Night became a favorite of such musicians as Tim Booth, lead singer of the band James, and techno artist Moby, who would go on to collaborate with Cruise on the unreleased track "Drown Disco". It also provided musical material for two of Lynch's other projects. The first was Industrial Symphony No. 1, a dark, intentionally obscure performance piece in which Cruise performed while "floating" from a harness dozens of feet above a stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Twin Peaks

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[2]. 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 became the best-selling television soundtrack of all time. Cruise made a number of appearances on Twin Peaks as a girl 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. The campy but unsettling "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.

Saturday Night Live performance

Cruise made a controversial appearance on Saturday Night Live on May 12, 1990, when scheduled performer Sinéad O'Connor refused to appear on the same show as guest host Andrew Dice Clay.

The Voice of Love

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[3]. Afterwards, Cruise maintained a relatively low profile until her second album, The Voice of Love, was released in 1993. To many listeners and reviewers, this album suffered in comparison to its predecessor, possibly due to the numerous other projects competing for Lynch and Badalamenti's attention. Many of the tracks were little more than instrumentals from Wild at Heart or Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me with added vocals. However, several songs, notably "Questions in a World of Blue", are ranked by fans among Cruise's best.

Other information

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.

Post Badalamenti and Lynch

The Art of Being a Girl

Cruise's long-delayed third album, The Art of Being a Girl, was released in 2002[4]. 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.

Acting and live work

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 replacement on and off from 1992 through 2000. 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 Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, directed by George Wolf.

Guest vocals

Cruise has also lent her vocals to works by a miscellaneous list of collaborators, mostly in Electronic music.

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 epic techno track "If I Survive". Also in 1999, she performs on two songs on Don't Panic! by DJ Silver.

She appeared on the albums 1-900-Get-Khan (1999) and No Comprendo (2001) by dance artist Khan (Can Oral), and also performed live several times with him. The lyrics for many of these songs, such as "Body Dump", reflect Cruise's own interest in true crime.

She appears on a number of tracks on both the 2003 album Dreams Top Rock and the 2007 album Monstrous Surplus by German post-rock act, Pluramon.

She was featured in a song by Supa Dj Dimitri (formerly of Deee-Lite) called "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 provides the vocals for Delerium's "Magic" song (on the Chimera album). Cruise also provided vocals alongside Pharrell on Handsome Boy Modeling School's song "Class System".

Cover versions, film soundtracks and adverts

In 2003, Depeche Mode songwriter Martin Gore included a cover version of Badalamenti'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.

In 2003, Cruise's song "The World Spins" was featured in an extended ballet sequence in Robert Altman's The Company.

Cruise's song "Floating" was featured in TV advertisements and trailers for the show The Riches debuting on FX Networks in March 2007.

Discography

Albums

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK[5] AUS ARIA Chart
1990 "Falling" - 11 - 7 1 Floating into the Night
1991 "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" - - - 66 -
"Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" - - - - - Until the End of the World (soundtrack)
1993 "Movin' In on You" - - - - - The Voice of Love
1999 "If I Survive" (with Hybrid) - - - 52 - Wide Angle

Collaborations

  • Hybrid
  • Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks Soundtrack)
  • Moby
  • The B-52's
  • Mocean Worker
  • David Lynch
  • B(if)tek
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Kenneth Bager
  • Ror Shak
  • Delerium

References

  1. ^ http://www.davidlynch.de/tpmusictimeout.html Time Out magazine October 17-24 1990, p.21
  2. ^ http://www.rockonthenet.com/grammy/popinst.htm Rock On The Net Grammy Awards list
  3. ^ http://www.listal.com/music/until-end-world-music-motion-picture-soundtrack-david-darling Listal track listing
  4. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/juleecruise/albums/album/301631/review/5945114/the_art_of_being_a_girl Rolling Stone album review
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 128. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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