Cruise has contributed beautiful, ethereal pop arias to David Lynch’s films and television series, from Twin Peaks to Blue Velvet.
Singer-songwriter Julee Cruise, who contributed beautiful and ethereal pop arias to the works of David Lynch, has died at the age of 65.
The frequent Lynch collaborator revealed she was battling systemic lupus in 2018, writing on Facebook, “I can… barely walk. And now it’s hard to stand… The pain is so bad I’m crying and snapping at people.”
Cruise’s husband, Edward Grinnan, confirmed Cruise’s death. “She left this realm on her own terms,” he wrote on Facebook. “No regrets. She is at peace. I played her [B-52’s song] ‘Roam’ during their transition. Now she will roam forever. Rest in peace my love.”
Cruise famously sang “Falling,” which was used as the theme song to Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” The 1989 song featured music by Angelo Badalamenti and lyrics by Lynch, with the director using the instrumental version for the television series.
Cruise appeared in the original Twin Peaks as a singer at the local pub, The Roadhouse; She repeated the turnaround in the 2017 Showtime revival Twin Peaks: The Return. Cruise also appeared in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. During her career she released four albums as a soloist.
Her collaboration with Lynch wasn’t limited to Twin Peaks, however. She sang “Mysteries of Love,” which was used in Lynch’s 1986 film Blue Velvet.
Comparing Lynch to a family, Cruise said (via The Guardian), “It’s like being his little sister: You don’t like it when your older brother tells you what to do. David is stingy. He can have these tantrums sometimes. And have you ever seen his temper? Anyone can look weird when they get angry. But I love him.”
Cruise is known for touring with the B-52s in the 1990s. Her 1993 album The Voice of Love featured three songs from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and Cruise released The Art of Being a Girl in 2002 and My Secret Life in 2011. also covered Elvis Presley’s “Summer Kisses, Winter Tears” for the soundtrack to Wim Wenders’ “Until the End of the World”.
In 1990, Cruise performed “Falling” on “Saturday Night Live” after Sinéad O’Connor left the episode prior to taping after learning about Andrew Dice Clay, the evening’s guest host.
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