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My sister had been listening to Cure for a time and therefor she got into Cranes. I just happened to walk into her room when she was playing Starblood and after that I've loved everything about Cranes. I'm really looking forward to the new album/lyrics.
If someone feels like it, please email me. I love getting mail.
Lena Westin <>
Motala, Sweden - Friday, October 09, 1998 at 04:43:28 (PDT)
when i was in college, a friend of mine was all buzzed about population 4 coming out the
next week and was playing a tape of them in her car and telling me all about them. i was
really blown away by the dense guitars and, of course, "the voice". i figured i would
check them out on my own and filed them mentally as "band named after the slender-necked
bird". surprise, surprise when i finally found a cd by "band named after the slender-necked
bird" and discovered how deep michael gira's voice was! i learned a valuable lesson that
day: cranes and swans are not the same band.
i am a dumbass.
ian the trogydae <>
great falls, mt USA - Wednesday, October 07, 1998 at 21:08:55 (PDT)
I posted an entry on the Cocteau Twins website about the Cranes looking for a new record deal and I think that Bella Union would be perfect so hopfully Simon Raymonde will read it and respond.
Jason K <>
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, October 05, 1998 at 15:57:22 (PDT)
I saw Cranes at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, in 1992, and I still have images of it in my mind. Truly one of the greatest shows I've seen. Of their songs, "Cloudless" is a favorite, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever made. I hope the Cranes are well and I'll have the chance to see them again.
Mark Bowen <>
Sanski Most, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Sunday, October 04, 1998 at 13:38:02 (PDT)
I saw a ten second video clip of the Cranes on MTV 120 minutes right before wings of joy came out. I searched all over record stores to find a copy, of course everyone thought I was getting the name wrong because they had not heard of such a band. Well I stumbled into a used record store and he had the local colleges radio promo copy so I bought it. It turned out that the record was not out yet. Too this day when watching the video tapes of 120 minutes my friend use to make we can't find that video clip but fate has her own motives for her mysterious ways. Anyone is welcome to email I enjoy writing letters traditionally and electronically and am always up for a discussion of music, philosophy life and so .....
Jeff <>
York, PA USA - Saturday, October 03, 1998 at 03:30:00 (PDT)
I got into the Cranes in the spring of 1992 when I saw them at the World Music Theatre in Chicago in July of 1992. Wings of Joy was the first cd I bought. But I didn't see them again until 1997 on the Population 4 tour. I can't wait for new material from them. I am a collector of the Cranes and of the Cocteau Twins. I couldn't possably list all of my Cranes collection because I own over 20 cds by them. Alot being imports and promos. I can't wait for Jims classical piece that he is working on. And I really want the mini cd and the book too. It would go well in my collection. I always thought that Alison sung in diolet like Liz Fraser??
Jason Klekovic <>
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, September 28, 1998 at 22:12:18 (PDT)
I follow Cranes since 1992... I listened them just before the Cure Wish Tour and, yes, I followed The Cure 4 times here in Italy but I was more ecited to see Cranes. Sometimes happens that a band make you feel strong emotions: Cranes is one of these (very few) bands. And please Alison, play September live sometimes.....

Lorenzo Contucci <>
Roma, Italia - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 05:56:31 (PDT)
I think I'm the newest Cranes fan in the world right now, and probably the most excited as I have a long journey of discovery ahead! My friend Loren who lives in the USA (he's on page 2 of the guestbook somewhere) has been trying to make me listen to Cranes for almost 2 years now. I'd not been able to find anything though until a few days ago when I saw both Forever and Population 4 for sale at a music stall on the fleamarket.

On an impulse (and trusting Loren's judgement) I bought both and have been listening to nothing else since. I feel aggrieved that this wonderful music has been hidden from me for so long, and of course I'll be searching for every other Cranes item possible.

I look forward to a new album and will most definitely add my support to the list.

roger shannon <>
Cape Town, South Africa - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 00:47:33 (PDT)
Well, I discovered Cranes just before the Cure show in Paris, 19 oct. 1992. And I fell in love with Alison !
Now, I'm collecting every rare records from the band. So, anyone interested by collecting too, just contact me !
See U soon.
Jerome <>
Toulon, France - Saturday, September 26, 1998 at 16:44:28 (PDT)
I don't quite remeber when or where but I just remember reading about the a few years ago and I liked what I read, and took a chance, I fell in love with the musci and Alison's vocal style so much...

I anxiously await a new album....

Patrick <>
cincinnati, oh USA - Friday, September 25, 1998 at 16:35:55 (PDT)
In the fall of 1991 I was a senior in college when I
first heard the Cranes on the school station. I had
never heard anything so strange, and hideously beautiful
in my life. When I called up the DJ and found out that
what I had heard was by a group called The Cranes I
kept that name in mind for over a year until I finally
found a copy of Wings of Joy. Since then the Cranes have
yet to disappoint. I can't name four bands quite as
unique and experimental. If you haven't seen them by all
means do so. They graced Denver, CO in 1997 and I was
blown away by their intensity and grace. A rare
Tom Murphy <>
Aurora, CO USA - Friday, September 25, 1998 at 10:39:04 (PDT)
Hello everyone!!!
"I feel those days with out end when we used to be friends, those summer days were spent in search of hope and happines" A very spcial sentence for me, once it reminded me of the night i fell in love with my ex but now 5 years later it reminds me of the day i fell in love with the Cranes. About 6 months ago i went out to buy some CD's on my way i started singing that song (beautiful friend) but i couldn't remember the name of the band, it took me an hour to find the CD (i only knew how the cover looked) and i bought 3 CD's that day all of them with the Cranes (Loved, Forever and Wings of joy) some thing i will never regret, today i have almost all their CD's and i love them all. I am doing my very best to get everyone i know to listen to the Cranes (done pretty good so far). Well all you fans out there please sign up for their new CD and the lyrics book. Take care and the best to all of you out there.
Cranes : i hope everything works out all right with your new CD and just remember we love you cause you are special.....

Little miss...
Little miss...
Iceland - Friday, September 25, 1998 at 06:31:09 (PDT)
i got into the cranes, like many other people, during the wish-tour (in lausanne). i thought they were brilliant then (except some sound problems), so i looked for an album and found wings of joy, which delighted me. and then blablabla other albums blablabla concerts blabla good blabla. and the last time i saw them was in zurich in may 98 and it was the best cranes-gig i ever saw. really strange, funny, excellent. at the end we were "drumming" starblood with our beer-bottles on the stage... and they did it! and blablabla. i really hope that the label problem will be solved and that we'll get still many wonderful albums.
thank you and good luck!
thierry <>
berne, switzerland - Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at 15:10:26 (PDT)
To be brief, this is the tale of the encounter...

My boyfriend and I were on an outing and as per usual had a craving for something new. We decided to paruse Blockbuster Music and see what we could see there. I was investigating some long sought loved music by Dead Can Dance, The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, and an industrial compilation of sorts. He came by with some new names and asked me to listen to one in particular. It was the Cranes, Loved I believe. He was commenting on the strange quality of the female voice in the foreground, saying her range went from that of a chipmunk to a truck-driver almost with varying intensity. I thought this curious and so gave a listen. I like it. It was different, unlike anything I had ever been exposed to before. It was a lovely and entrancing mix of rock, gothic ambient, and tribal almost. I was taken, but at the time was unable to purchase anything. So we left. Months later he would come to purchase it and fall in love with it. Almost a week or so after, we stumbled upon something of interest, the Cranes were playing live at a club only two hours from us. As we were now both enamored with them, we made plans to attend the show and happily surprised by the addition of Rasputina's performance. If you have not experienced the lovely goth-cello threesome, go and do so the next chance you have. You will not go away disappointed.
I digress, the evening was a well-spent one with the Cranes leaving lasting impressions. I love watching them on-stage. Alison stood before and above us in front like the embodiment of the perfect female, with a most innocent composure and grace...tall and languid. I felt as though perhaps the theory of the "Taltos," as birthed by Ann Rice in her "The Lives of the Mayfair Witches" trilogy, had been proven true before me. In simple child-like charm, she stood singing of mysteries, truth, love, fear, dreams, and passion in loss. It was perfection in it's most beautiful form.
I am easily captivated by beauty regardless of gender, race, or otherwise.
In this way, I myself am like a child.
And of course, there was one other aspect of the on-stage interactions which caught my attention, the musicians seemes to switch instruments on every song. This struck me as absolutely grand, as I am one who believes in the necessity of versatility in authenticity in music. The more musicians, the more thoughts and the more creative energy there is possible, and as well--having more instruments helps to contribute to this factor.
There it is...the tale of my Cranes experience for all to plainly see...
I do hope to witness this delight once again.

*your messed-up world still thrills me...*=Slowdive

zoe <>
cleveland, tn USA - Tuesday, September 22, 1998 at 16:16:25 (PDT)
well... i got into the cranes because this weird guy with poofy hair and lippy named robert said he liked them, and since i suffer from nothing short of hero worship of robert,
to short story very long... i wanted to hear robert's remix of one of the cranes singles... but never found it... all i could find was Wings of Joy... well it was scary and eerie and
spookier than i had anticipated, which was delightful, and so here i am and there you are. still haven't found that single, if there is a way to purchase it through this site please contact me...!

if you are a cranes-cure-neworder-y sort of fan and would like something new to listen to, visit
if only the samples there did the music justice....

rock on, cranes :)
Penguin <>
Penguinville, PA USA - Monday, September 21, 1998 at 17:40:59 (PDT)
I was first introduced to cranes by a friend of mine in 1995. The first song
that I heard was "September". It was really a fantastic song and the voice of
Alison Shaw is great. And one of my favourite albums is "Loved". In fact,
most of the song from cranes I enjoyed it. But the recent album "population four" is quite
different form the rest. I really looking forward for their next coming album.

IF you all have anything regarding about Cranes, pls don't hesitate to e-mail to me.
Clarence Ng <>
Singapore - Monday, September 21, 1998 at 08:57:35 (PDT)
hi, im a die-hard fan of the cure, so u know - around 92 i read in a curenews robert smith mentioning cranes as one of his fav bands, then went the cure tour with cranes as a support etc... i love all albums though may favs are loved and forever, the new album (i mean population) is more delicate for me, most different from the previous ones, though with the same incredible voice (greetings Alison) and intense feelings of a kind i love, so keep up a great work. i can add that yr last ep compilation was a bull eye! its hard (ie impossible) to get yr eps in poland so i found it really great. greetings from my friends - huge group of yr polish fans!
Maciek Herman <>
Gdynia, Poland - Sunday, September 20, 1998 at 16:47:53 (PDT)
I hope that all the people who love the band realise how much the band needs our support now.I hope that all of you will buy their new stuff,otherwise we'll stop dreaming.Thank you.
- Sunday, September 20, 1998 at 07:55:40 (PDT)
Have all the Cranes music, even the interview cd that was put out. You
guys still rule my world. My latest purchase was the "Can't Get Free" cd
single. First time I had heard "Lemon Tree". Tres cool.

Will some label wise up and give the Cranes a new deal. I want some new

Topher_X <>
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, September 13, 1998 at 23:13:13 (PDT)
I was introduced to Cranes by a friend of mine, who got a mixed tape - mostly with Cranes on it from her new boyfriend... It was "Forever" and I was immideately fascinated by the melancholic, transperant sound. The relationship between them didn't last long, but our fascination of the Cranes did!!
Denmark - Friday, September 11, 1998 at 08:21:51 (PDT)
Was introduced to the cranes in 97....pretty late....but my friend said try this freaky album .....and i liked it.....what more can i say....hehehe...a NINE INCH NAILS /CRANES TOUR WOULD BE KOOL...for contrast .......hope to see them stateside soon..
Arton <>
Arlington, TX USA - Friday, September 11, 1998 at 06:14:03 (PDT)
Je suis un homme américain qui vit près de San Fransisco, la Californie.
Je laisse ce message pour toutes les femmes de langue française qui sont également des
ventilateurs des grues... Je fais des excuses s' il est peu un difficile de comprendre mon français. J'ai été un
ventilateur des grues depuis 1991...... que j'ai obtenu de les voir jouer de phase dans San Jose, la Californie
en 1992..... Je les ai vues jouer deux autres périodes de phase depuis Ils sont étonnants pour voir que de
phase...... j'ai plaisir toujours à écouter la belle voix de chant d'Alison..... La musique de grues a toujours eu
un effet de Hipnotic sur moi...... qu'ils vous portent à un endroit que peu d'autres bandes peuvent... J'aurai
toujours de bonnes mémoires des expositions de phase de grues... Et souhait pour les remercier de toute la
musique merveilleuse qu'elles nous ont donnée..... Certaines des autres bandes que j'aime incluent Les
jumeaux de Cocteau, le traitement, Lush, Slowdive, dimanche, Enya, lierre, mon Valentine sanglant, une
marche d'avril, peu profonde, Smiths, courbe, ministère, mode de Depeche, Siouxsie, les canneberges, tour,
ect de tache floue......... S' il y a des femmes de langue française hors là de qui comme le même genre de
S'il vous plaît E-mail je!
J'aimerais avoir de vos nouvelles! :)
Terrence <>
San Fransisco, Ca USA - Thursday, September 10, 1998 at 14:41:36 (PDT)
Well Jessica (below). I'll tell her for you, how's that?
USA - Wednesday, September 09, 1998 at 15:34:46 (PDT)
i was at sam goody in the mall. i was tired of picking things that i knew were i decided to just pick something with a pretty cover. i saw loved and it grabbed my eye.i asked one of the people that worked there if they had heard them and he said yeah they are pretty good. so i bought it. when i heard alisons voice i totally fell in love with them.they have been my favorite band since then.that was in '94. then in '97 i think it was i went to see them play in houston i was lucky enough to meet jim. he was very sweet. he got a t-shirt for me and a picture of the band that i now have hanging in my room. i really wanted to meet alison but he said she left right after the show. i could have cried.i would give anything to meet her and tell her all the hard times her voice comforted me through.i told jim to tell her how much i loved her but i dont think he really did. i just wish i could see them play again. it would mean everything in the world to me to see them again. im their most loving fan.
jessica watson <>
memphis, tn USA - Wednesday, September 09, 1998 at 12:34:40 (PDT)
Well i got into Cranes when i was a Freshman in H.S. listening to da College
radio station WUCF 89.9 fm in Orlando,Fla. I am in love with band with Females
voices then when i heard them play the song "StarBlood" and "Everywhere" i fell
in love with the band. I have the ep collection n two albums from Cranes "Loved"
and "Forever" which r two great albums. But i've heard a couple of tracks off the
Population four album which is great. I am still in a big fan of them i hope they
get a chance to tour around the southern states (espcially Florida and Louisiana).
Alison Shaw has one of the most unique voices i have ever heard. It sucks that
the college radio station i worked didn't have da Cranes cd. I would try to bring the
cd's to da station but they don't want me to play it. I gotta live by the rules.
Well, Keep da Cranes site going n U guys r great. Keep da support fans
Guy Anglade <>
Kissimmee, Fl USA - Sunday, September 06, 1998 at 13:52:13 (PDT)
I first came into the Cranes while in high school. One of my very good friends Andrea gave me a mixed tape, and the first song was Starblood. I immediatly fell in love. I used that song to do a video about war for my photography class. (Sorry if this infringes on copywrites, not too many people saw it!) I have never seen them live, although I would love to. I must admit, I don't know too much about them. I had a hell of a time finding Wings. Had to dig deep at a book store. I also picked up Loved, altough I haven't listened to it much. I usually just let their CD's play as background. So I had a hard time filing out the poll, I couldn't name any of the songs! Well, I will check in with all of you. If you like the Cranes, I guarantee I love you all. With love, Michele. p.s., How do I get the video? e-mail me

Michele Ameel <>
Sterling Heights, MI USA - Thursday, August 27, 1998 at 22:33:23 (PDT)
My brother introduced me to the music and I fell in love with her voice. The first cd I bought was Forever. My favorite song is Everywhere. I was lucky enough to see them play at the TLA in Phiadelphia PA in March. The show was amazing however, it seemed I was the only person there jumping up and down making a complete fool of myself:) I hope they come back to PA soon and continue to make more beautiful music.
Melissa <>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 15:28:15 (PDT)
it was in berlin, october 7th 1992 - cranes supported the cure on their "wish"-tour...
i think it was especially "starblood" - i will never forget the moment when i first
heard this song. and it was an honour for me to tell alison that for me she is the living
proof that miracles are more than just a fairy tale. another very important cranes-related
event in my life was meeting a boy called stefan in front of the stage in 1994 - without
knowing each other at all (!), he asked me if i'd like to play music with him and his
brother... a few weeks later and by chance, we met again during another cranes-gig and
then decided to exchange addresses this time! three months later we founded /'angstalt/...
so, if you want: cranes are our "parents"... mail me! m.
meik <>
marburg, germany - Monday, August 17, 1998 at 10:04:26 (PDT)
Does anyone know how to get on to the Living and Breathing mailing list? I have tried the website routes but nothing seems to work. Does it still exist?

I have a live video, and a live audio tape. I'd like to get more. If anyone can help in that area please get back to me.

Other comments? Well next to Swans, Cranes are my favourite band although I still prefer the older stuff to the most recent. But I like it all..........

Ed <>
Hamilton, Canada - Thursday, August 13, 1998 at 12:55:49 (PDT)
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