Singer Julee Cruise Who Worked With David Lynch Dies at 65
Julee Cruise, whose stunning collaborations with David Lynch lifted films like “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks,” died at the age of 65. According to The Guardian, her husband, Edward Grinnant, announced the news on a B-52’s Facebook page. From 1992 through 1999, Cruise was a part-time touring member of the band, filling in for Cindy Wilson on several occasions.
Cruise was most well-known for her collaborations with David Lynch. “Falling,” with music by “Twin Peaks” composer Angelo Badalamenti and words by Lynch, was her biggest hit. The song’s instrumental version would become the unmistakable opening theme of “Peaks.” She also made multiple appearances on the show as a bar singer, and her song was featured in both the show and the album. While Cruise’s name wasn’t as well-known as Laura Palmer, the show’s principal character, her voice, and her enigmatic persona added an ominous musical thread to the famous series.
Between 1989 and 2011, Cruise recorded four albums as a recording artist. “Falling,” off her debut album “Floating Into the Night,” reached No. 11 on the US Modern Rock chart in 1990. Cruise sang the song on “Saturday Night Live” in the same year, filling in for Sinéad O’Connor, who had dropped out at the last minute due to Andrew Dice Clay, the night’s guest host.
In 2017, Cruise returned to “Twin Peaks” for the series’ long-awaited third season, which premiered on Showtime (the original two seasons were on ABC). Her performance includes a rendition of “The World Spins.” The next year, she released “Three Demos,” an EP that contains the original demo versions of her most well-known songs, “Falling,” “Floating,” and “The World Spins.”
Over the years, Cruise’s distinct vocal stylings drew a slew of collaborators, including DJ Dmitry and the bands Hybrid and Delerium. She may also be heard on the song “Class System” by Handsome Boy Modeling School, which was produced by Prince Paul and features Pharrell Williams.