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How did you get into Cranes or, what is your Cranes story?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:35 pm    Post subject: How did you get into Cranes or, what is your Cranes story? Reply with quote

I saw the Tomorrow's Tears video on MTV's 120 minutes back in 1992 when I was 16, went out and bought the Wings of Joy CD and pretty much listened to nothing else for months! I remember going to the record store on the day Forever came out full of excitement! I also remember finding Self-Non-Self for sale having no idea what it was (in those pre-internet days).

First time I saw them live was 1995 in Tempe Arizona, still one of the best concerts I have ever been to, mainly because of the years of buildup and how much their music meant to me. Not to mention the friendliest band around!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My best friend made me tape early 1990 with Self-Non-Self and Scar (Lush). I remember that after listening to One From The Slum for the first time I said to myself: This is really special, something like the perfect indie Bond theme. And then came Ali's voice alongside that brillant music. Sheer perfection. From then on I've been a Cranes man.
I don't exactly remember when I saw them live for the first time. Somewhere in 1990. I do remember buying the Fuse tape at one of those first gigs. Seen Cranes about 10/15 times in the 90's. Last time I saw them was in Den Bosch in 2009. After the concert I had a chat with Ali which didn't go too well. I was on the brink of a major burn-out and had too many glasses of wine. I stil regret that. I just hope I didn't give Ali a scare. She really is the sweetest angel. I hope I can have another chat with her sometime.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't listen to music until I was seventeen. I was inundated with noise growing up in a small house with three siblings listening to stuff and a musician parent. The last thing I wanted was more noise during the rare times of silence. Neither was I comfortable with a stranger's voice reflecting on my taste or mood. So I listened to stand-up comedy, Weird Al, the primitive synth of my Nintendo, and that was about it. Then my cool older sister played Adrift for me. I dubbed the whole album. Then I bought Forever. Then I bought Loved, Wings of Joy, and Population Four.

I picked up a $50 bass my Dad had lying around the house and realized I couldn't play much, but I could plunk along with the opening notes on Come This Far. The second song I learned was Stalk. I printed all of the tabs off of the Pale Blue Sky website and had my music teacher help me figure the songs that weren't posted online. I started a band and I've been playing music ever since. Then Dedicated released Self-non-Self in the U.S. and the EP Collection. Then I discovered ebay and gemm (c.1998) and bought everything else. I eventually found Fuse on Napster or Audio Galaxy and later scored an official tape on ebay for way too much money. I bought a bootleg VHS of all the music videos and played it for all of my friends.

Listening to Cranes got me into other bands, I learned to appreciate most music, studied sound arts, and now work as a live engineer.

When Cranes toured the U.S. in '02 I drove eight hours from Minneapolis to Chicago with four friends, saw the show, cried, and posted the setlist on Starblood. I'm glad I made the trek because they haven't toured here since. Still hoping they come back soon.
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