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"Falling" is a song by the American dream pop singer Julee Cruise. It is the lead single and second track from her debut studio album, Floating into the Night (1989). Featuring music composed by Angelo Badalamenti and lyrics written by David Lynch, an instrumental version of "Falling" was used as the theme song for the ABCtelevision series Twin Peaks.

Twin Peaks gained a cult following after its original broadcast in April 1990 and "Falling" subsequently charted in twelve countries worldwide—including peaking at number 1 on the Australian Singles Chart. The instrumental version of the song, performed by Badalamenti, won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 32nd Grammy Awards.[1]

In 2010, Pitchfork Media ranked "Falling" at number 146 on its "Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s."

Music video[edit source | editbeta]Edit

A music video was produced featuring Julee Cruise performing the song through soft curtains and dramatic red lighting. It fades to various scenes from the Twin Peakstelevision series.

Cover versions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"Falling" has been covered by a number of artists since its original release. In 1990, the German house band The Mob released a four-track single entitled "Theme from Twin Peaks", which included three original mixes of "Falling."[3] Kjeld Tolstrup, a Danish radio DJ, released a three-track EP under the pseudonym One–Eyed Jacks, a reference to the casino/brothel in Twin Peaks, in 1991. The EP featured three dance renditions of the song, known as "The Log Lady Mix", "The Ronnette Pulaski Mix" and "The Log Lady Mix Short Version", respectively.[4] English indie rock band The Wedding Present recorded a version of "Falling" and released its as the b-side to their 1992 single "Silver Shorts." It was later included on the band's compilation album Hit Parade 1 (1992).[5]

More recent renditions of "Falling" have been recorded. In 2010, Girls Names, a noise pop band from Northern Ireland, covered "Falling" and released it on a fifteen-track sampler entitled Young & Research.[6] Later the same year, Bright Light Bright Light, the pseudonym of Welsh electropop singer Rod Thomas, released a cover of "Falling" online for free.[7] A music video for Bright Light Bright Light's cover was recorded in SnoqualmieWashington—where the Twin Peaks pilot episode was shot—and featured scenes recorded at several locations from the series.[8] The American folktronica duo The Endless included two renditions of "Falling"—one instrumental and one with vocals—on their EP Holiday 2012, which featured other songs from Twin Peaks. All proceeds from the sale of The Endless' EP were donated to Médecins Sans Frontières, a humanitarian aid charity.[9]

Track listings[edit source | editbeta]Edit

UK 7" and US cassette (W9544/W9544C)
  1. "Falling" (edit) – 4:12
  2. "Theme from Twin Peaks" (instrumental) – 4:45
UK 12" and European CD (W9544T/W9544CD)
  1. "Falling" (edit) – 4:12
  2. "Theme from Twin Peaks" (instrumental) – 4:45
  3. "Floating" – 4:55

Chart positions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1989) Peak

position

German Singles Chart[10] 17
Chart (1990) Peak

position

Irish Singles Chart[11] 5
Norwegian Singles Chart[12] 3
UK Singles Chart[13] 7
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[14] 11
Chart (1991) Peak

position

Australian ARIA Singles Chart[15] 1
Austrian Ö3 Top 40[16] 14
Belgian Singles Chart (Vl)[17] 14
Dutch Singles Chart[18] 17
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[19] 33
Swedish Singles Chart[20] 2
Chart (1992) Peak

position

Swiss Hitparade Singles Chart[21] 25
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