Julee Cruise

Falling

Composed by Angelo Badalamenti / David Lynch

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In its doomy-sounding instrumental incarnation, this tune by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti is best known as the theme to Lynch's short-lived TV series Twin Peaks. Prior to that adaptation, however, it was a centerpiece of 1989's Floating Into the Night, a masterful slice of dream pop written by Lynch and Badalamenti for their Iowa-born vocal protégée Julee Cruise. With Cruise's helium-pitched vocals (think of the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser minus the reverb and singing in recognizable English) overdubbed multiple times, singing Lynch's archly simplistic, deliberately naïve lyrics over Badalamenti's glacial synth washes and the impossibly deep-toned bass that plays the central melodic figure, "Falling" sounds less disturbingly dark and more like the artsy but accessible love song that it is. Cruise memorably sang the song in one episode of Twin Peaks and also performed it while hanging from a harness 30 feet above the stage of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Lynch and Badalamenti's nightmarish performance piece Industrial Symphony #1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Floating into the Night 1989 Plain Recordings 5:18
No Image 1990 Purley Sounds LLC 5:29
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Telstar
On the Edge [Warner Brothers] 1992
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:59
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 5:04
TV Themes of the '80s 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:05
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Sounds Of Nature
Trackspotting 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 4:01
Movie Lovers: 20 Original Movie Love Themes 1998
Various Artists
Records 3:57
Most Relaxing Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:20
The Healing: A Trip To Infinity 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:06
Open All Night: In the Shadows 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 5:21
Chilled Spirit 2001
Various Artists
Warner/ESP / Sire 3:59
Chilled Ibiza 2 2001
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:47
Ultimate Chill Out 2002
Various Artists
Water Music Records 5:29
Velvet Lounge [DVD] 2002
Various Artists
Water Music Records 5:13
Absolute Relaxed 2002
Various Artists
Eva 5:19
Total Lounge [Varese] 2003
Various Artists
Varese 5:30
Ibiza: The Sunset Sessions 2005
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:14
Me Time 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:37
Relaxing Songs [Sony] 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:14
Magic Decades 2007
Various Artists
WMTV 4:14
100 Anthems: Chill Out 2008
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 4:42
Sight and Sound: Chillout [2CD/1DVD] 2008
Various Artists
WEA International 5:20
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records / Sony BMG 5:20
No Image 2008
Various Artists
WEA 5:25
No Image
Various Artists
Chilled: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 5:21
Classic Movies [Spectrum]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:14
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:19
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