Friday, March 22, 2013

The 5 Best Songs from Twin Peaks

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Angelo Badalamenti David Lynch
Today is Dyker Heights native Angelo Badalamenti's birthday, and, in celebration of the renowned composer best known for his David Lynch collaborations, there'll be a Twin Peaks costume party at The Owl's Head wine bar—WHERE THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM—tonight in Bay Ridge (as close to Dyker Heights as you'll find someone willing to throw a fucking Angelo Badalamenti party). While I raid my closet to see if I can pull off a One-Armed Man costume, I figured we could all get into the mood by listening to the best tracks from Julee Cruise's first two solo albums, with lyrics by Lynch and music by Badalamenti, many of which were used on Twin Peaks. [photo]

5. "The World Spins"
This isn't actually one of my favorite Cruise songs on its own, but the scene in which it was used might be favorite in Twin Peaks, an abstract yet perfect encapsulation of everything I felt for most of 2012. Spoiler free video above, or just listen to the whole song. LOVE, DON'T GO AWAY!!!

4. "Into the Night"
This song is just so creepy. That keyboard line, the steadily brushed ride, and Cruise's breathy, far-off vocals... it always conjures up the scariest parts of Twin Peaks in me, the eeriest locations, and fills me with nameless dread.

3. "Questions in a World of Blue"
I really like Fire Walk With Me. Poor Laura. How can love die? Was it me? Was it you? I also like how this scene echoes the "World Spins" scene above...

2. "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart"
Isn't the scene when Donna lip-syncs this song to James at the Roadhouse just the best? Those poor crazy kids. I never know whether to weep or sway like a zombie when I hear this song, so I usually do both. Also, awesome sax solos.

1. "Floating"
This song always gives me goosebumps: the whispery vocals, the moaning saxes, the whammy-barred guitars, the soaring chorus vocals—it's the apotheosis of that haunting/deconstructed 1950s thing Lynch and Badalamenti were always going for. Also, I have made girls burst in flame before by telling them my secret name.

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