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A friend of mine,a huge Cure fan saw Cranes during a tour they were opening for them, he bought "Wings of joy" and "Loved" and when I listened to them I was shocked, I really liked it Alison's voice was incredible and the music was...I really don't have words to explain it when i listen to "Beautiful friend" "In the night" or "Paris and Rome",I enter a strange world full of mad fantasies it's a new state of mind...Thank you for everything, listening to Cranes changed my life as it was something like I've never had listened to before.However,there's something wrong with them. When the hell are they going to play in Spain?. Italy,Germany,France...But no show in Spain...How long is gonna be the waiting?.
Lucas Draper <>
Barcelona, Spain - Monday, April 06, 1998 at 09:02:00 (PDT)
I got into the Cranes when my boyfriend heard one of their
songs playing in a store in the village that sells gothic clothing and
jewelry . He immediately went to buy the album , which was "Forever".
Now, this is the first time I have ever really written to something on the
Internet, and I wouldn't normally reveal personal things. But I must say
that this album is almost completely responsible for bringing me and my
boyfriend Paul closer together. Basically, I fell in love with him on those
quiet fall afternoons when he and I would sit on my bed and talk about our
lives while Ali, our dark angel , would sing her beautiful songs. I feel
that it was everything that contributed to my "worshiping" this album.Needless
to say, we bought every one of their albums. It was
the time that I encountered the Cranes music, which was last fall, and
everything fit together. It was the dark , dreamy days, the leaves rustling
under my feet, my new love ( which, to this day I can say still is). Paul and
I new we had found our own private world , our own private way to escape our
long subway ride home, our bickering mothers , and all the shallow people at our
school. And one day, Paul found it! There it was in the Village Voice! The
Cranes were coming to New York ! and they were going to be performing two
blocks away from our school. I'm surprised I do not remember the exact date
on that cold February night when me and Paul joined the line of goths who
waited patiently to get inside the warm Irving Plaza. And I was so excited
because I knew in a couple of minutes I was going to be looking at that dark
angel that sings like a little girl. We had such a nice time. To be totally
honest, though, I do not particularly like 4 population as much as Wings of
Joy, Loved, and of course Forever. Well, on that album I like Tangled up and
Angel, along with a few others. And I'm so upset that I missed their French
album when they were selling it at Tower. ( My boyfriend just said, " Yeah,
I'm going to have to go to France to get that album! Ha!) Well, I have to
go. I will never, ever, for as long as I live, forget the Cranes.

ligia <trickybunny@hotmail>
new york city, ny USA - Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at 15:16:15 (PST)
I have been into the Cranes music since I saw them in 1992 with the Cure. I listen to alot of classical music mostly from the romanic period like Beethoven and Chopin. Alot of the Cranes music remindes me of that. It is very passionate and I LOVE that kind of music. Alli (I think) lookes like a Victorian woman. She is a delicate, eligent flower. Population 4 was ok. It didn't have the emotional feeling in the music like Wings of Joy, Forever and Loved and the Orests and Electra. I hope with there new album will pick up where Loved left off. Population 4 was a nice change of pace but not as good as the other ones.
Jason <>
chicago, IL USA - Monday, March 30, 1998 at 19:03:02 (PST)
Oh bloody hell, there I was looking for the Wedgewood Rooms link
and I ended up in the guestbook quite by accident. A medium sized hello
to Sonic and the goddess of love!! Exhibitionists.
Darren <>
Northern Earth, - Sunday, March 29, 1998 at 15:10:22 (PST)
hello .I new in this page and my english is really very bad. I´m a cranes fan since 1994 and I
have only four lps (wings of joy, loved, forever & le tragedy...). I`d like post wich any other fans
that speak, or write, my languege better than I write english. Thanks for hear me, or read me...
jon <>
bilbao, spain - Thursday, March 26, 1998 at 02:03:45 (PST)
OOOPS forgot to mention where!
Sofies Cafe. Sofienberg gt.6 (v/Markveien)

Do come!
p.s. I'd be crap as a promotor!!!
Mark again
oslo, norway - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 08:15:14 (PST)
Sorry to hammer it home, but I thought I'd do a spot of spamming!!!

As you probably all know, i'm living in Oslo right now, and I have some Art in an exhibition here this week. The opening is 25th March at 7o'clock, (or 25.mars kl.19.00)EVERYONE IS WELCOME! I have six weird little boxes, and seven prints and you can buy them...PLEASE!!! My fiancee Christine (She is the real Artist out of us)has also got some work in the exhibition, so if you like insects or sex, you may want to buy her's too!!!We are also talking to a curator of Art in the city about doing our own exhibition at Zoolounge but that will be later this year if it happens, so keep a look out for that.
Oslo, Norway - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 06:58:50 (PST)
Hello, I was just reading some 1997 reviews for the Cranes and what caught my attention was the reviews done by the staff of NME who basically think cranes are ridiculous. It was obvious what position they were coming from, judging the cranes by their marketability which is, in itself, ridiculous. Although they have said certain things which are simple facts (the pop sound on Population Four resembling such awful musicians as Breeders and Juliana hatfield) they were oversimplified and definitely biased (not only from NME's reputation for hating the Cranes, but there are some things you can tell by instinct). One stupid thing that they said, however, was that Alison sings about death and witches and this made me laugh uncontrollably. I would just like to say that as much as their view is as valid as the typical Cranes fanatic, it is one-dimension and obvious. Myself also being very critical, it is notable that I greatly admire most of Cranes music, especially Forever. Their style is definitely not dead but it is understandable that the Cranes strange style would account for extreme reactions. I'm rambling aren't I? One thing that I was thinking, as a fan, was that it would be interesting if Jim and Alison collaborated with Mark on writing material instead of between just the two. I mean, of course they are different personalties and of course they know best for the band but wouldn't it add another dimension to their already diverse style? I'm sure they could come up with great things altogether. Just a thought. I thought it would be of interest to mention here.
Toronto, Canada - Saturday, March 21, 1998 at 10:31:07 (PST)
ok. so i was shopping for some sandlwood handheld fans in this cozy little oriental store. as i was shopping, i was listening to the music the salesgirl had on. it lingered in my mind. i asked her what that was and she replied that it was from cranes. cranes? hmmm. i have never heard of a band by that name. but i fell in love with their music. her innocent, ethereal and breathy voice against this heavy, throbbing backdrop of a tone. i mean, wow. this band totally blew me away. i've never heard anything like this. it's almost like the sound of evil and innocence merging. not the submission or domination of either, but a merging. isn't that odd? anyways, i've just heard them for the very first time and they've blown me away. just beatiful. please, please, please email me and tell me more about this awesome band that i've been stunned and intoxicated by and tell me what i've missed so far.
yin <>
chicago, il USA - Friday, March 20, 1998 at 20:42:22 (PST)
I just recently got into the cranes while at college. I just wanted to say thank you for the kick ass music.

jesse thomas 3 <>
springfield, MMOmo USA - Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 13:03:02 (PST)
i love the cranes. it seems like they're singing from my life. i love the ultimate beauty that is their music . actually at one point i didn't listen to the cranes at all, 'cause i was so into stina nordenstam (still am!!!) but now i've found the cranes again. espesially the song rainbows from the album forever (as if you did not know that) love you all.
jaakko <none>
turku, finland - Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 03:35:18 (PST)
ok. i was shopping today with my friend. this salesgirl had on this tape. i was listening to it and it was the most amazing thing i've heard yet. the sweet, ethereal voice against this heavy, throbbing backdrop of a sound. i have never heard anything like that. i asked the girl what it was and she told me it was from cranes. i have never heard of them. so i decided to look them up on the web, and wow. i've listened to a few of those miserable samples they supply you online, miserable samples that don't even give you the full effect of their sound. but they sound amazing nevertheless. i bought a portisehead cd today and i couldn't even concentrate on listening to it. fragments of cranes lingering in my head. i'm off in search of any one of their records anyone reading this that has been a fan of cranes, please email me and tell me more about this band that has just blown my mind, please.
yin <>
chicago, il USA - Tuesday, March 17, 1998 at 20:07:18 (PST)

Please contact me!
Lee Dillard <>
Denton, Tx USA - Friday, March 06, 1998 at 23:56:47 (PST)
I was extraordinarily lucky. I first heard the Cranes live. I saw them open up for the Cure on their Wish tour, many years ago. I had heard that they were the world's loudest band. I did not know what to expect. Then beautiful, tiny Allison comes out onto the stage, and they were not the world's loudest band, but the world's most beauiful one. I was dismayed that they only played about four songs, but one of them was on the Wings of Joy album, which I was lucky enough to find the next day. I have been in love with their music ever since, because I am also a small female who sings for a band, and a lot of people, as with the Cranes, mistake my music for death-rock. It is not. It is the happiest sounds I know. I also wish people would wear yellow to my shows. I have Loved and Forever in my car, and I listen to them every day. I couldn't survive a day without it.

Rachel Davis <>
arden, nc USA - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 12:44:05 (PST)
How did I get into cranes? Hmmm long story Ha Ha:)
I'd just like to tell everyone that me and Christine are having a few pieces in an Art exhibition here in Oslo. Its a very low key thing, in a bar called Sophies in Markveien in Grunelokker starting the 25th of March for 2 weeks, do come and buy buy buy!!!
lots of love
Mark from Cranes
Oslo, Norway - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 09:47:57 (PST)
Dearest Cranes members, i so love youre music and wish to se you play someday, i am not sure if you did play in Sveden last year , i was in Canada anyways. But i do no that you played in Vancouver , and ofcourse you played in a club , so , sinse i was under aged i could not get in . My friend Mike who did see you play AND interview you , got Alison to write me a little note (that was sooooo sweet of you Ali .THANKS) which made me very happy after not being able to see you play. Well ....just wanted to say THANKS
Marlee <>
SWEDEN - Tuesday, March 03, 1998 at 02:30:31 (PST)
I first heard the cranes from a show I saw in Cleveland, OH.
It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Alison Shaw hypnotized me with her beautiful voice and i was
finally put into a recognition of a life i have never known-a real and mysterious life.
There are many bands out there today, but the music that captures the heart and soul is
very hard to find. I know that this seems like a petty reference to a poem or something
that an English teacher would say, but if it is the truth why not tell it, who cares.
The cranes have been a big influence on me and they will continue to do so.
The new album is great; as is all of their work. Simply put- music has never been so

Jordan Lucas <>
Chesapeake, OH USA - Monday, March 02, 1998 at 21:18:49 (PST)
I first heard of the Cranes when a friend of mine in Sweden posted the lyrics to Lillies on a chat room. The first song I heard was Watersong on a mix tape a friend had given to me. I can't say I fell in love with it instantly, but I've been playing their cd's more and more often recently and now learning how to play the songs. I haven't gotten Pop4 yet, but as soon as some spare change rolls my way I'll own it. Keep up the excellent work. Hope someday I'll get to see you all on tour.
Lucius Byron <>
Memphis, TN USA - Sunday, February 22, 1998 at 23:31:10 (PST)
Hello again,
I'm looking for informations about Cranes materials : live and studio

Hey Ali, Jim, Mark, Manu, Matt, Paul
Connect please ! I need your help for a work. Need to know more about promo and labels problems... Please send me a mail.
Kisses and lots of love and thank you for your music
valérie <>
Paris, France - Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 11:40:12 (PST)
Hello everyone,
Please pardonn my English. I'd like to say more than I can do with the few words I know.
All I know about English, I learnd it in music. The first time I fall in love with music
was when I was about 12, and it was a Cure Lp, the second time, it was in Paris, for the
Wish tour, I was 18 and it was Cranes Music. I can't explain what I felt and i still feel
the same when I'm listening to CRANES, it just makes me feel so happy, so stange... It's
quite the same thing as falling in love with someone.
I imagine it looks stupid what I'm saying, but it's not easy for me to explain. I decided
to do everything I can, for working close to music. It's not all my life but music is one
of my best friend, and I'd like to thanks Cranes for all the pleasure they give to my ears,
body and heart and soul.
I'd do my best for being in Switzerland in May but I'm looking for job, so it's not really
easy to know what tomorrow will be. I missed Pop4 tour (just show Cranes before in Brussells)
I'd like to know more about this tour. Did Jim sing Stalk?
Another question : did Ali sing Forever in Dublin or did she only play guitar or bass ?
Kisses to members of Cranes,
See you soon
valérie <>
Paris, France - Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 09:47:37 (PST)
Where could we find some of your videos?
Are there any available fom concerts in germany (like Hildesheim)?
best regards from Trip Scope
Hameln, W Germany - Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 11:16:41 (PST)

Well, last year around Thanksgiving, my friend Thomas said he was going to "educate" me. He loaned me three Cranes CDs among others, and I have been hooked ever since. I have bought all that I can find, that being Loved, Wings of Joy, Forever, and Population Four. My brother lost my copy of Population Four, so I have to buy it again sometime. I think my favorite album may be loves - Lillies really makes me feel exhilirated - something few songs do, I notice. Its strange that a song like that might make me so happy - but it does. At any rate, I'll be looking (and saving, hehe, I'm only a babysitter) for the new album. I tell all my friends that I think are neat enough about the Cranes. A little selfish I know, but. This is one of the few groups that I have found that so often express what I may feel inside. I guess I'm pretty new to the Cranes, and I'm looking for any concerts!!! As one friend said to me about a Cure/Cranes concert, "I would give my right eye to have seen that.....actually my left because I think I use my right one more." Hehe. Anyway, I hope everyone has a good day, I did, for the most part!

Alexis <3 <3
Alexis <>
Waco, TX USA - Thursday, February 12, 1998 at 17:15:56 (PST)
I am trying to find out how I can get ahold of any Cranes videos.
Professionally made Videos of Live shows would be great as well.....
Could anybody with any information please E-mail me.....
Thanks! :)
Shoegazer <>
San Jose, Ca USA - Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at 12:54:47 (PST)
Two years ago I was looking through some CD´s in a recordstore and I heard this
really great music but didn´t know what it was.
So I asked the guy who worked there and he told me that is was the Cranes.
He was playing the French album La tragédie d´Oreste et Électre.
I didn´t buy the album straight away, but only a couple of weeks later I was
listening to Wings of joy and Loved at a friend´s place. I then decided to
buy some stuff. I now have all the regular albums and waiting for more to come.
Population four is not my favourite, but maybe I should listen to it more often to
appreciate it. Hope to see them on tour again soon.
Alison is an angel.
Marco de Wilde <>
The Hague, Netherlands - Friday, February 06, 1998 at 15:36:34 (PST)
A comment on "CRANES"
I was first impressed by the sounds in 1993 or 1994 and have been a collector of Crane's 'stuff' ever since. If anyone has any info on videos, please let me know. I recently bought a video tape that appeared to be legit, but when I got it home, I was surprised to find, a concert that looked like a home video camera in the audience of a concert in Washington DC in march of '97. I want to own a real video tape.
Josh Lipking <>
Simi Valley, CA USA - Friday, February 06, 1998 at 10:41:20 (PST)
I adore 'The Cranes'.Their expression is timeless and so exquisite,so very beautiful.I
first discovered the Cranes when i craved some new music.I ordered 'Forever' on the
strength of a review i had read about them,which described how 'Ali's wisp of a voice curls
like smoke tendrils after a hand has passed through it'.They definately sounded worth
experiencing. My CD arrived and i excitedly rode my bike home slipped it into the stereo
and soft with sweat and panting with exhaustion i lay back on my bed and proceeded to melt
into the cranes experience.I was instantly smitten.Then when i read that they were
supporting'The Cure'I thought ....hmmm..they must be special.I am yet to hear the new album
but i am very excited about getting it soon.What i want to know is there any hope in heaven
that they may possibly consider touring Australia?Does any one know any news about this?
If so let me know.
Seeing The Cranes live would be an awesome and magical experience.
Please come to Australia....please!
Heléna <>
Brisbane, Q Australia - Thursday, February 05, 1998 at 19:09:43 (PST)
i´d like to thank you! i met a lot of nice ppl inhere!
germany - Wednesday, February 04, 1998 at 12:01:08 (PST)
hey cranes people!
we have a guestbook now so PLEASE pretty please go sign it. right now. that is all.
love and peanut butter,
xoxox tuuli
toronto, canada - Tuesday, February 03, 1998 at 19:45:09 (PST)
To everybody: Hello hi! Let's make music!
To Mark:
> I`m living in Oslo now and I`m looking for tempory work in a design/internet place
> mark from the cranes
> oslo, Norway - Thursday, October 02, 1997
I know it's kinda been a while, but I've been looking to start my own personal
art+design "business". If you're interested, perhaps we can do something.
I've done a couple of things, and various media... please email me first if you'd like
more details. (James already saw my video!)
Jorge Martinez <>
in Rochester, NY USAnimal - Monday, February 02, 1998 at 01:12:36 (PST)
hey !!! here we go! TUULI with BOW WOW WOW (!!!) and elevator drops at CLUB SHANGHAI,
spadina ave. TORONTO wednesday february 18, 1998. everyone should come!! especially all the sweet people who saw us open for the cranes!
lots of love, xxx jenny
jenny vegas <>
toronto, canada - Friday, January 30, 1998 at 10:24:43 (PST)
Hi to the rest of the world,

I'm a Cranes-lover since I first saw them play in Belgium some years ago.
They warmed up the public at a cure gig and I must say .... their concert was really hot.
The Cure was the best band of the 80's and the early 90's. The cranes are definitively the
greatest band of the late 90's and I hope they'll break all records in the 21st century.
If there is a Cranes chat on the web, let me know.....

cheers ganske
Ganske <>
Tienen, Belgium - Friday, January 30, 1998 at 04:35:42 (PST)
I first heard the Cranes during the wish tour in 1992.I was sixteen.What a beautiful voice I thought
I bought several albums and I listened at them every day (it's still the same today,
but not evry day) When I bought population four,I was disappointed.It sounded like pop.
But then I heard it several time,and now I find it very subtle. But the album I prefer
is definitely LOVED!!!Isaw the group for the last time in Geneva in1997.What a show!
The music was totally out of control, and the voice echoed in my head for days.See
you soon and Thanks.
TRISTAN <c_tristan>
Geneva, Switzerland - Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at 06:10:45 (PST)
well, look for tuuli's seven inch single coming out real soon. and to everyone in the toronto area we are going to be doing shows again next month. i'll let you now the where's and when's but it llok like it's confirmed for the last monday at the bovine so you all better be there!
i just got my wisdom teeth out and i'm on t3's ! yay!
xxx jenny vegas and princess swan
jenny vegas
toronto, canada - Friday, January 23, 1998 at 14:09:25 (PST)
Hello, I would like to say that I frequent this site quite often when I'm able and that it is very impressive. I got into the Cranes from a girl in school who told me of a band with a singer whose vocals were really "trippy" (somehow I tend to laugh at that description). I proceeded to hand her the Verve "A Storm in Heaven" LP in trade for a day. I didn't think Alison's voice was trippy but much more lasting. Anyway it was Forever and I very much admired it. Over a year later I went to see the Cranes for Population Four, with Rasputina (very inventive!). The people in front of us were talking about hard butter and I tripped on about fifty Morpheus' capes. When the Cranes played my heart jumped out and smacked me cos I expected something quietly dreamy but they were loudloudloud! I've seen bands live, like Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Stereolab (I never got to see Lush)... but none ever caught my tongue like that. I'm very pleased with Population Four, Cranes do great things with change and its better never staying the same than becoming stagnant. Thing is that when i go to the mailing list or some other place, i'm always disapointed to hear that people dislike Forever as much as they do in comparison with Wings of Joy...its like comparing colours in a way, you can't, really. I really like Wings of Joy but Forever makes me feel like a little kid again. It has been my favorite for a very long time but I'm always open to their new styles and I embrace the changes they've made. Once again, nice page. Cranes, I'm eager for more. Best wishes.
Toronto, Canada - Friday, January 23, 1998 at 12:57:38 (PST)
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