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I first listened to the Cranes when I was 21 years old. I looked for one of their CD's for almost two years before finding one. Alison Shaw is a goddess.

Andre Joly <>
North Bay, ON Canada - Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 08:38:59 (PST)

Hiya all,

new place, but still the same, I like that!


Ceri <>
UK - Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 06:30:23 (PST)

I guess I missed the opening festivities on the Cranes Chat. Did I miss
anything noteworthy? If anyone has any news that came out of the discussions
on new material, rare material, and the videos, please email me...

Rich Lockney

PS - Great site, Mike. Love the new (older) pictures =) Hope to see more.
Rich Lockney <>
Burlington, MA USA - Wednesday, January 14, 1998 at 12:19:25 (PST)
It seems like such a long time ago I heard my first Cranes
song, and I haven't stopped listening yet. They will
always have a place in my soul... now if only I could
see them in concert...COME TO ST. LOUIS!!!!
Kevin Dickens <>
St. Louis , Mmo USA - Tuesday, January 13, 1998 at 17:32:15 (PST)
Love the EP collection! I'm the poor ol' Cranes fan who didn't even realize a song
like September ever existed. That'll teach me for not buying the EPs when they
were released. To the Cranes: Thanks for the wonderful music, and thanks for
the great live show at Slim's in SF'97. I hope to see you again soon!

Anson Mah <>
Mountain View, CA USA - Tuesday, January 13, 1998 at 15:27:00 (PST)
Been a while since my last visit...all praise to the great Cranes
hi rita..been a while!
Cheers salutations and bittersweet dreams!
Windsor, Canada - Monday, January 12, 1998 at 17:33:00 (PST)
i miss them! (squish squish)

Jaems <>
raleigh, nc USA - Friday, January 09, 1998 at 17:11:13 (PST)
TEMPLETON, CA USA - Thursday, January 08, 1998 at 01:07:35 (PST)
Cool picture show Mike!
can't wait to see the greenish shiny thing :)

- Wednesday, January 07, 1998 at 13:23:00 (PST)
Mr.Dare ... i wanted to tell you congratulation for your cranes web page being the official cranes web page ... it must be a lot of work ... so congratulations !!!
And why not saying a happy new year to cranes and all of the fans ...
hoping for a new album soon ... so much bad bands around these days .. yuk
go cranes go !!!
philippe <>
montreal, qc country ??? - Monday, January 05, 1998 at 22:14:18 (PST)
Cool pics!

venus <>
Toronto, Canada - Monday, January 05, 1998 at 20:12:32 (PST)
Happy New Year to all of you, to Cranes fans around the globe, to the band, and to Mike.

Very best wishes to everybody

Anne Forest
London, UK - Tuesday, December 30, 1997 at 12:41:10 (EST)
gosh mark smells an awful lot like flowers!
boy, nothin could make me much happier than being able to take
that nutty mark francombe out snowboarding in his neo-native land of oslo where
the beauties paint like frida riding a horse. (i'm not sure what that means,
the horse part)
gosh, we hope the snow is fluffy and the holiday is sweet and filled with sugar.
spin spin, sugar.
have a nice piece of fresh ginger and have queen C have a piece of salty licorice on us.
love, the wonder twins.....ACTIVATE!!!
Mr. Hankey! <>
covina, CA USA - Sunday, December 28, 1997 at 18:22:45 (EST)

merry christmas mike!
and to all the cranesheads as well!
denise <>
USA - Thursday, December 25, 1997 at 23:42:44 (EST)
Merry Christmas to all who have followed Cranes.
Have a good one!!
Paul from Cranes
Portsmouth, England - Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at 22:28:47 (EST)
I'm looking for videos of the Cranes shows in Holland in 97. Do mail me if you can help me find them :).
And a good Xmas and a brilliant 98 to Mike, Andrea, Anne, the band and my internet mates out there.

Sabine <>
- Sunday, December 21, 1997 at 10:27:03 (EST)
To Ali
love Johnny.
*Merry Christmas*


“By the jewels of her eyes,
i am driven by instinct
to letting her go.

She leaves waves of silence,
as I focus my thoughts out the door.
So obscure,
in a landscape
of absent waiting rooms.

Sometimes you have
to learn to appreciate silence.”

johnny failure <>
- Thursday, December 18, 1997 at 11:05:48 (EST)
Cranes is a band very special, your music is sometimes very dark, specialy in first albums,
I knew the band in my city in a tour when your visited Mexico...
This people is very cool , Remember Tim, Jim, Alison, Mark and Manu..? Cranes in Leon.

LEON, GTO. MEXICO - Wednesday, December 17, 1997 at 14:59:54 (EST)
It is so hard for me to pick a favorite Cranes song, they are all my favorite. Their music
is like a drug to me, whenever I am listening to them I am completely centered, instant
meditation and fascination. The perfect mixture of darkness, beauty, sadness and hope.
I have a good sized collection of CDs, Lps, etc. but I have no live shows on video
(I need VHS) or audio. If anyone would like to trade I have the 8 promo videos plus
Starblood(live on European MTV) and Reach and Sixth of May live from the Snub TV show.
Even though its not in the best sound quality, I could make a cassette of the 3 songs
from the In Rain 7'' with Alison. I have never even once heard of anyone mention the
existence of this so I am guessing this is somewhat rare. If anyone just wants to chat,
feel free to drop me a line. Oh yeah, I got to meet Alison and Jim and they were both
Robert <>
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, December 15, 1997 at 20:08:33 (EST)
I first heard Cranes on MTV 120 Minutes with the
Tomorrow's Tears video. It had so much atmosphere;
I was hooked immediately. As a Cure fan, I knew
my interest was validated when Simon turned Robert
on to them. I also like Siouxie, Depeche Mode,
New Order, Swervedriver, Deconstruction (Navarro's
wasting his time in RHCP), Orbital, Everything But
The Girl. I live in northern New York State.
It's a real redneck armpit, but the mountains are
nice. So I'll just stay here and create my own
little pocket of anarchy. Must go now and play
in the lilies. Love and rockets.......
Lee m. Brenning <>
Cold Brook, NY USA - Sunday, December 07, 1997 at 00:58:05 (EST)
Thank u for everything . Cranes u r the best . I can`t wait anymore for the next LP . I am fine right now thought , that is , with Wings of Joy , Forever , Loved and Population 4 . A friend will get Self non Self for me . How good is it ? Also , I want to get "la tragedia de Orestes y de Elecktra"(spanish translation) . How can I get it ? ....
Hope Cranes come back to Mexico soon ...
mORt <>
Leon, Gto Mexico - Tuesday, November 25, 1997 at 14:31:16 (EST)
I like the songs breeze and can't get free. Alison is a good vocalist. Visit my web site at
Eric <LushStray>
Birmingham, England - Monday, November 24, 1997 at 09:59:33 (EST)
I,m not interested in telling my opinion bout Cranes, cuz i hope evrybody who writes or read here just love this band.
If anybody's got informations on their next tour (if they'r coming to montreal soon) id like to know it. I missed them in March, i dont wanna miss them twice.By the way , nice page!
Lots of info.... well c-ya.....................Kim
Precious Whore <>
Montreal, Qc Canada - Friday, November 21, 1997 at 11:12:41 (EST)

I am listening to Population Four. Different. VERY POP. I like it but I'm not sure yet. But what I need a little assistance is figuring out what the hell my version of it is. It's in a thick white digicase/digipak type deal, almost 3/4 inch thick, with gold and black lettering on the top. Glossy sleeve/liner notes on the inside, which is differently layed out than the usual version. The CD itself is white with blue text on it.

If anyone knows what is... reply here! It's not a promo cause I can't find any promotional designation on it but it's definitely a little out of the ordinary...

t. <,>
nowhere, ZZ EARTH - Saturday, November 15, 1997 at 21:09:07 (EST)
I first noticed the Cranes when they opened for The Cure on the Wish Tour. I was lucky enough to see them two nights in a row in Houston Texas. Since then the band has made it back once, with one of the most incredible shows I've ever seen. (and this was with technical problems I'm told) After the show the band made it into Numbers and were quite easy to approach, although I was too shy to inquire. I am trying to find Fuse, Self-Non-Self, T-shirts, posters, and a video collection. I am trying to find these items without the help of Dedicated, because they have been ripping the band off. I think it is true that Dedicated have done a horrible job promoting a band as talented as the Cranes. I have also heard that the EP Collection Volumes I and II are not helping the situation out much. For this reason I'd like to know an alternative to dealing with the old label. Any Ideas???

I am having a especially difficult time fing any Videos
I know very few people who have recordings of any.
Is there a collection coming out soon? (without dedicated)
Cristina Benavides <none at time>
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, November 12, 1997 at 16:40:28 (EST)
i heard wings of joy back in 92 and when i saw the cure (and the cranes) i was absolutely blown away. the power of something like "starblood" translated into something very breathtaking and very stark in a venue the size ofthe skydome -- it was absolutely incredible. alison had her hair blonde at that point -- i remember seeing a huge shadow of her head and shoulders throw up a hundred feet on the wall to our side. it was amazing. the sound of wings of joy is incredible -- some of the noisiest and seriously dysfunctional guitar coupled with the sweetest vocal sound on earth and seriously cool instrumentation... sigh... the newer albums have that feel in spots but wings of joy will always be my favorite. i've never found any of the early ep's to see what the sound was like. in any case... they are an amazing, absolutely incredible, and vastly underrated band i will love forever. to alison and band, thank you. your sound is unique and special and i will not forget seeing you play anytime soon.
twiggy <>
toronto, on canada - Tuesday, November 11, 1997 at 20:47:43 (EST)
I got into the cranes when I was 14. I am now 20 :) but anyways, they opened for the cure on their WISH tour. It was my first concert, and the cure is still my favorite band, the cranes is right under them on the list. but, they opened, and I seemed to be the only one who really enjoyed the performance, (FYI, this concert took place in Dayton Ohio) I had 4th row. I thought it was really cool how they had glitter on the Cymbals, so every time they were hit it would fall..anyways, I went out the very next day and bought 'wings of Joy' which I still have, and cherish to this day. but, that was how I got into them, and I have loved them ever since...since 1992 that is...they Rule, and I hope they keep on crankin em out, cause I cant get enough of em...I got all my friends listening to em now, as well.. :)
Paul <malonepj@MiamiU.MUOhio.Edu>
Fairfield, Oh USA - Monday, November 10, 1997 at 16:30:12 (EST)
Mark from the Cranes:

Paul's board posting said to address this to you. Are the Cranes (once they join another label) planning on releasing a video compilation anytime soon? Also, is there a current merch. list? The only ones I can find are from June '97. Thanks!! (btw - great show in Boston!)

To the rest (guestbook entry):

I first heard the Cranes about 4 or so years back, as a friend had a copy of "Forever", but never really got into them until I heard "Shining Road" on the local "alternative/indie" station... I've never reacted to head- over-heels for a band since the Ramones as a little kid (odd combo, I know).

As of now, I have pretty much everything they've done, except the bonus discs for "Wings.." and "Forever", and the "Lilies" and "Beautfil Friend" promos. If anyone is willing to part with them (for a fair price), or know of an online dealer that might still have them in stock, pls. mail me. Thanks...

Richard Lockney <>
Burlington, MA USA - Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 23:39:12 (EST)
Mark from the Cranes:
there is another post about this, but I too am very interested in Cranes videos. Is there somewhere I can order them from? How about T-shirts? And posters?
Keturah <>
chicago, il USA - Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 19:31:30 (EST)
I think any Cranes Fan will appreciate the awesome work Mark Fracombe has done for RedWeb's truly freaky!(At least it's one of the more original and best organized websites
I've come across) Pop into the site if you haven't, it certainly is fun to read!
I especially suggest everyone to look at Christine Red's thesis on Women, their
representation, their sufferance and how they depict it in their artwork. Check out her
art work's personal, compelling, and emotional to say the least.
(just look under Cranes Links and it will guide you to the site)
Rita <>
Toronto, Canada - Monday, November 03, 1997 at 23:33:57 (EST)
When I first saw Cranes I knew this was the beginning of something
special. I first caught their highness in a video clip I saw on "120 Minutes."
I cannot even believe I forgot the name of the song which escapes me at the
moment...for my brain is temporarily jellofied in academic woes, but when I
first heard was beautiful chaos. It permeates the realm of the
unconscious at best much to the akin of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Dead
Can Dance, Enya, Julee Cruise, Bel Canto and all and in between. Their
edgy guitars and lush, harmonic backdrops is most complimentary. It transcends
beyond anything I will ever hear now nor ever! Ohhh...those vocals! (smile)
Salute to the best and most original band around!
Eric Lee Chacon - El Paso, TX (
Eric Lee Chacon <>
El Paso, TX USA - Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 18:23:27 (EST)
Self non Self is my favourite Cranes album, and my favourite song on this CD is "beach mover". This is how I've discovered Cranes, as well as the first parts of The Cure shows in 1992. It is great the this record is now available again, it is one of the best and it means a lot to me.

I'd like to see Cranes live again, but when are they going to play around London again ? They are so good good on stage....

Message to everyone I love (including Cranes and The Cure): Happy Halloween !

Anne Forest <>
London, UK - Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 15:51:31 (EST)
I am looking for Cranes videos. I was told that since you directed them that you have copies of everything. If there is any way that I can buy them from you please contact me. If anyone else out there has Cranes videos please notify me. thanks!
karyn <>
new paltz, ny USA - Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 13:01:06 (EST)
Recently, I bought the EP Collection double CD, and decided
to go for a walk before going to the deepest pit ot Hell that
I call work. And, on a whim, opted for seeing if any Cranes
Imports had shown up at a music store near me. When I walked
in, there was this girl from one of my classes in High School
that I had not seen in 5 years. We weren't the best of
friends, but I really liked her. After I graduated, she
had told me to call her, but I have a phobia of calling
people on the phone (true story). So I never did. And so
we talked for a while, and she was babysitting (or so I
had assumed)a two year old girl. As it would turn out, it
was hers.
She'd been married for a year now, which hit me pretty
hard. And, when I left the CD store, I listened to
"September," and the lyrics at the end struck a chord:
And I love you, I just wanted you to know
I'm so sorry I never told you so....
Ah, the bitterness of Irony.
And THIS is what the Cranes mean to me.

USA - Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 12:29:21 (EST)
my friend ovah.the only tape i have is self non self.and i want more.
san jose, ca USA - Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 02:19:03 (EST)
About two years ago I discovered Cranes. A friend of mine wanted me to listen to a song called "Paris and Rome". I love that song.
A few weeks ago I came across a poster of "the blue dancers" by Edgar Degas, which is on the cover of "Loved", in a local music store. The picture is now on my bedroom wall. I hope you will visit Norway again soon, Cranes, because I would love to see you play live some time. Take care.
Knut Anders <>
Trondheim, Norway - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 14:39:56 (EST)
I'm not american.I'm italian.
no name <>
Italy - Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 11:30:58 (EDT)
If you can give me eternal darkness and love September and Slide,please write to me.I'm lost into the CRANES.
no name <>
USA - Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 11:28:33 (EDT)
I've been a fan of the Cranes since 1991......I got to see them play Live in San Jose in 1992.....
I've seen them play Live two other times since......
They are amazing to see Live......I always enjoy listening to Alison's Lovely Singing Voice.....
The Cranes music has always had a Hipnotic effect on me......they take you to a place that few other bands can...
I will always have Good memories of The cranes Live shows....
And wish to thank them for all the wonderful Music that they have given us.....
Some of the other bands that I like include......
The Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Lush, Slowdive, Sundays, Enya, Ivy, My Bloody Valentine, An April march,
Shallow, The Smiths, Curve, Ministry, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie, The Cranberries, Ride, Blur......ect....
So If theres others out there who enjoys listening to these bands also......
Please E-mail me......I would Love to hear from you! :)

Terrence <Phlib1@aol>
San Jose, Ca USA - Tuesday, October 21, 1997 at 18:50:47 (EDT)
Well the new album is on my stereo atlast and it is everything that I hoped it would be. The few tracks that I did not have were great and it has made my collection feel complete. Glad to see that the rest of you love it as well.
Don't forget I still appreciate e-mails from Cranes friends from across the world so keep them coming. And I do always reply. See ya soon!
Mark <>
Herts, u.k. - Monday, October 20, 1997 at 05:32:20 (EDT)
There is simply an undeniable magic that eminates from the musical pieces the Cranes have
taken upon themselves to produce. It is very difficult to do anything truly original these
days, and it's somewhat comforting to know that not everybody on the planet has stopped
evolving new ideas.
Whoreshak <>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, October 20, 1997 at 02:19:03 (EDT)
This guest book never ceases to amaze me.
Everytime I see it there are new names and new comments,
all of them good, I may add. (Unlike some very hurtful
and unfair journalists that I could mention) But it just goes to show
you what journalists are full of. I would like to thank every single fan
for their support for 1. Buying the records and 2. Supporting us live.
We really do appreciate you making the effort.
love Paul (CRANES)

Portsmouth, UK - Friday, October 17, 1997 at 22:17:59 (EDT)
I first got into Cranes when I worked at a local pizza place. The brother
of a friend of mine had them on a cassette, and, since he was getting kind
of sick of the DEATH METAL stuff I had with me, he put it on. The first song
to play was "Far Away." I was sold from that moment on.
Eric Hulse <None>
Bountiful, UT USA - Friday, October 17, 1997 at 12:27:18 (EDT)
i love the cranes.their beautiful music really touches me.i love allison's voice.
i only hope i'll see them live favorite cranes album is wings of joy.
apart from cranes i'm also into my bloody valentine,spiritualized,flying saucer attack,

john milonas <>
thessaloniki, greece - Wednesday, October 15, 1997 at 05:25:21 (EDT)
I first heard the Cranes on WHFS (a local radio station which sucks, as somebody already pointed out). They played Everywhere, which I thought was an excellent song. Since then, I've bought every Cranes recording I can get my hands on. Judging by the remarks, many of you feel Pop4 didn't cut it, and when I first listened to it, I felt the same way. However, I gave it a second chance after ignoring it for a couple of months, and now I'm not sure why I disliked it in the first place. I think it was just frustration over the band having changed their sound to a greater degree than with the previous albums. I read somewhere that the band was heavily influenced by Joy Division, as were my musical tastes, so I feel an artificial sense of kinship there.
Philip Young <>
Elkridge, MD USA - Wednesday, October 15, 1997 at 02:42:58 (EDT)
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