Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Farewell, Caroline

Caroline Crawley (of Shelleyan Orphan and Babacar) has passed away. The announcement was made on Shelleyan Orphan's Facebook yesterday:

"It is with deep sadness and sorrow that my dearest oldest mate in life and music passed away today after a long illness. please play our music very loud today."

(Thanks @chriswhite65)

Was fortunate enough to see them open for The Cure 3 times on the Prayer Tour in 1989 and loved them. I think 'Tar Baby' became my favorite non-Cure song that year. And while I never had the pleasure of meeting her, everyone I know who did, said she was always so sweet and kind to them. A wonderful person.

Thank you for sharing your lovely voice and music with us, Caroline. We love you! We are all so sad to lose you, but take some small comfort in knowing your battle is over, and you are now at peace.

Sending all of our love and support to her family and friends.

Pitchfork has a great article up today, and there are more articles at Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, and Telerama.


  1. Very sad. I still have my baby Babacar site archived somewhere, but it existed in a world before overzealous copyright enforcement. I couldn't revive it today, and none of the linked content exists anymore. Alexandria burns, and we do nothing to extinguish the flames.

    1. And I'm reminded of Songs for Summer,
      to which Caroline contributed, and Free Arts, the charity the album supported.

  2. I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences go to her friends and family.

  3. Shelleyan was (is) one of my favourite band, so I'm very sad to learn this, all my sincerest thoughts go to Jem, Boris, the band, her family and friends.

  4. very sad news - love to her family x

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  6. Cure should play "Halo" from now on cos she did the background vocals.

  7. This is such sad news.
    The song 'Jeremiah' will forever remind me of following The Cure around the UK on the Prayer Tour and slowly falling in love with Shelleyan Orphan. After the first Glasgow date we always made sure we arrived in time to see their full set. 'Hellborine' and 'Century Flower'are wonderful.
    My heartfelt condolences to Caroline's family and friends.