Friday, June 2, 2017

Score Sample: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

I've mentioned before how much I admired the work of Angelo Badalamenti on the television series Twin Peaks. Well his excellent fusion of jazz and 50s guitar continued on the album for the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. The score is a bit of an eclectic mix which is typical of most albums for a David Lynch film. You get material that fits right in there with the television series, but you also get some odd stuff like Badalamenti doing a kind of beat-poet rap thing that is difficult to describe, but the lyrics are pretty darn funny. There are also strange soundscape tracks with rumbling and someone whispering "The Black Dog Runs at Night" which is also the title of that track.

But you also get Julee Cruise, the voice of Twin Peaks in so many ways. Her ethereal singing is highlighted in many episodes and a couple of her songs grace the film as well. But I'm going to share a song that was written for the movie but not used in it. The opening titles of Fire Walk with Me are over this slow jazz piece. On Cruise's album The Voice of Love, we get a version of that same tune with lyrics by Lynch and arranged by Badalamenti. So here is She Would Die for Love performed by Julee Cruise, live from the red room. :)

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