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Julee Cruise


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Ethereal pop, movie soundtracks

Status:

Most recent release, My Secret Life (with DJ Dmitry, 2011)

See also:

Wikipedia's entry on Julee Cruise

Comparisons:

She originated her breathy ethereal sound

Covers/own material:

Julee sings tracks written for her, mostly by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch.

General comments:

If you like smokey ethereal music check out julee's two albums, or the twin peaks soundtracks, (though i like the Fire, Walk With Me one better, though the movie wasn't that good). (iflin@speakeasy.net)

Recommended first album:

Floating into the Night is best to start with. The album The Voice of Love contains a few weaker tracks, while Floating into the Night is more balanced. (marcel@kimwilde.com)

Recordings:


Floating into the Night

Release info:

1989—Warner Bros.—7599-25859-2

Availability:

Widely available

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Julee Cruise—vocals

Guest artists:

Kinny Landrum—synthesizer
Angelo Badalamenti—synthesizer, piano
Vinnie Bell—electric guitars
Eddie Dixon—electric guitars
Al Regni—tenor sax, clarinet

Produced by:

David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti

Comments:

I first heard her on Saturday Night Live during Twin Peaks' first year. I was astounded to hear that familiar Twin Peaks theme, with vocal accompaniment! She had not yet appeared on the series herself, but did later. I searched record stores and found her album Floating, which included music from David Lynch's Industrial Symphony #49(?) and it became one of my most-played records. Just loved her eerie, breathy voice, which with Angelo Badalamenti's music, defined the program for me. I was a Twin Peaks junkie for the full run of the show, including Fire, Walk With Me. (brianb@mooman.com)

Peaks Mania EP

Release info:

1992—Warner Bros. Japan—WPCP-4848

Availability:

Deleted

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Julee Cruise—vocals

Guest artists:

Kinny Landrum—synthesizer
Angelo Badalamenti—synthesizer, piano
Vinnie Bell—electric guitars
Eddie Dixon—electric guitars
Al Regni—tenor sax, clarinet

Produced by:

David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti

Comments:

This EP contains a three tracks from Floating into the Night, two from the Twin Peaks soundtrack album, plus four remixes of Julee's track "Rockin' back inside my heart". These remixes were previously released on CDsingle in the rest of the world, but the Japanese made them available on this EP, which was available for some time. These remixes are nice enough to buy this EP for. (marcel@kimwilde.com)

if you want something more upbeat, see if you can find julee's single to the song "Rockin' Back Into Your Heart" or something of that sort. has a neat discoey remix. (iflin@speakeasy.net)

I think you're referring to the "Tibetan Drums Remix" of "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart". Yup, ethereal with a bassline. It's a good thing. ;) (brianb@mooman.com)


The Voice of Love

Release info:

1993—Warner Bros.—9362-45390-2

Availability:

Widely available

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Julee Cruise—vocals

Guest artists:

Angelo Badalamenti—synthesizers, piano
Kinny Landrum—synthesizers
Tom Ranier—synthesizers
Sam Merendino—drums
Gerry Brown—drums
Reggie Hamilton—bass
Nick Kirgio—guitars
David Lynch—percussion

Produced by:

David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti

Comments:

The Voice of Love, is also arranged by Angelo B. All songs are great, including standouts "Until The End of the World", and the post-Peak "Questions In A World of Blue." Julee is on my Must Have list for ecto-recommendations. (mp@moonmac.com)

"Questions in a World of Blue" is not quite post-Peak: she sang it in "Fire Walk With Me", and the instrumental version of it was a key part of the music for the second season. (jzitt@humansystems.com)

Some tracks are less appealing, but this album can be recommended for "Questions in a world of blue", probably the most intense song Julee has recorded, the beautiful "The voice of love" and the rather dynamic "Until the end of the world". (marcel@kimwilde.com)


Further info:

Some songs from Julee's two albums can be found on the Twin Peaks television series soundtrack, and the Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me movie soundtrack. Julee contributed "Summer kisses, winter tears" to the soundtrack of the Wim Wenders film Until the end of the world, and "Artificial world" to the soundtrack of the film Scream.


Thanks to Marcel Rijs for work on this entry.

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