Remembering Julee Cruise with 5 Essential Tracks

Working on in between Twin PeaksBadalamenti, Lynch and Cruise collaborated on a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Summer Kisses, Winter Tears” for Wim Wenders’ science fiction film Until the end of the world† There was always an element of nostalgia within the trio’s partnerships, so covering a 1960’s song about the fleetingness of romance would certainly succeed. Cruise’s spin on the classic transforms heartache into an existential matter of cosmic significance.


“Questions in a Blue World” (1992)

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After the release of the 1992 prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Methe trio returned to the studio with the intention of transforming songs from that movie and the 90s Wild at heart in new material for Cruise. The result would be Cruise’s second album, The voice of love† On the penultimate track, “Questions in a World of Blue,” Cruise reflects on the ambiguous ending of a relationship atop a quietly tragic arrangement: “How can love die? Was it me? Was it you?” Her return to The Roadhouse stage in firewalk with me resulted in another enchanting, unforgettable moment.


“The Art of Being a Girl” (2002)

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Cruise spent much of the ’90s taking over the B-52’s Cindy Wilson, who took time off the band to focus on raising her children. In 2002 Cruise released her third studio album, The art of being a girl† In a sense it was the first solo work made without contributions from Lynch and Badalamenti. The art of being a girlThe sonic shift to trip hop shows that Cruise’s interests went far beyond her reputation as ingenious in the Lynchian universe. Of the 2018 album, she said: “It’s about how we’re seen as women and also how we love women. It’s about how I’ve seen my predecessors fight: Madonna, Kim Gordon, Kate Pierson – who is a god and a force to be reckoned with. We are not followers, we are frontrunners. I came out of the womb with my fists.” The art of being a girlThe strange and seductive title track denounces feminine cunning with lyrics like, “Use tears gently / But always get your way.”

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