Cruise was best known for her work with director David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti
Julee Cruise, the American singer best known for her collaborations with composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch, has died. She was 65.
The news was announced on Facebook by Cruise’s husband Edward Grinnan.
In 2018, Cruise told fans she suffered from systemic lupus.
“The pain is so bad that I cry and snap at people,” she wrote. “I can barely walk. And now it’s hard to stand.”
Cruise, Lynch and Badalamenti began working together on Lynch’s 1986 film Blue velvetbefore teaming up to make Cruise’s debut album, 1989’s Floating In The Night.
“I didn’t think it would get me anywhere,” Cruise told triple j in 1989. “I didn’t say, ‘Hey, I can be a big recording star now!’ I just thought it was a fluke.
“People started calling David and Angelo and saying, ‘Who’s this Julee Cruise? What’s the Julie Cruise music? Can we have a whole album?'”
It was an unorthodox approach to making music, but it was effective.
“The three of us got on really well, we’re all a little crazy, and we made this beautiful album,” Cruise told triple j.
“David directed me almost like you would an actress. David is not a musician and he doesn’t know how to speak in musical terms, so he would describe things visually.”
They had a hit in 1991 with ‘Falling’, a version of the theme from Lynch’s acclaimed TV series Twin Peaks with added vocals† which went to number one on the Australian charts.
Cruise also appeared on the show several times over its three television seasons, including the 2017 comeback and the 1992 film firewalk with me†
The trio’s work in the late 80s and early 90s made them regarded as some of the precursors to dream pop, and their work influenced a host of artists who would explore that genre for years to come.
Between 1992 and 1999, Cruise toured as a member of The B-52’s, filling in for singer Cindy Wilson.
Her husband wrote about her passing and said these years were particularly happy years for Cruise.
“After such a diverse music career, she often said that the time she spent as a B-substitute for Cindy while having a family was the happiest time of her life,” he wrote.
She will be eternally grateful to them.
“When she first stepped up to the microphone with Fred and Kate, she said it was like joining The Beatles. She will always love them and will never forget their travels around the world.
“I played her ‘Roam’ during her transition. Now she will roam forever.”
Australian electronic duo B(if)tek enlisted Cruise to sing on their 2000 single “Wired For Sound,” a cover of Cliff Richard’s 1981 song.
Cruise’s last album was that of 2011 My secret lifea collaboration with DJ Dmitry from Deee-lite.