Twin Peaks really was. A show about the brutal murder of a High School Prom Queen at the hands of (*plot spoiler!*) her dad, who had been possessed by some elemental force of evil, set in a weird hybrid time zone of the 1950s-via-late-80s - actually, that doesn't even begin to describe the show... Anyway, it wasn't what you expected to see on BBC2 at 9pm on a Tuesday night.
I've been thinking about the show since I dug out
my copy of "Floating Into The Night" by Julee Cruise, an album of songs
written by TP creator David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti.
three of them first worked together on the song "Mysteries of Love",
featured in "Blue Velvet". Apparently, some people used that song to
soundtrack their weddings. These are the same people that think "Every
Breath You Take" is a sweet love song, or that go around singing "You're
Gorgeous" to the object of their affection. Y'know - psychopaths.
Julee Cruise - Rockin' Back Inside My Heart
Julee Cruise - The World Spins
guess people could use these songs to soundtrack romantic moments...
but there's something so unutterably WRONG about them; they're like
psychotic versions of 1950s death songs ("Johnny, Remember Me", "Tell
Laura I Love Her", etc.).
The music occupies the same time-warp
as the show, all sweet, echo-y finger-clicking backing tracks,
synthesisers and dreamy guitar. But rather than being smooth and
easy-listening, the music is completely devoid of all humanity, totally
synthetic and precise, and really cold. Plus Julee Cruise sings these
songs as if she's dead or dying.
At times it's like she's sat in
the wreckage of a car crash, the lone survivor, cradling her dead lover
in her arms - "Love, don't go away / Come back this way / Come back and
stay / Forever and ever". The idea of "Forever" is very big throughout
all the songs on the album, so they could be sweet, if taken at face
value. But the way they're presented they're more likely to creep you
out. "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" can be seen as the most romantic of
these two songs - "Do you remember our picnic lunch? / We both went up
to the lake...". But the last line (and the way it's delivered)... - "I
thought our love would last... for... ever...". Yikes.
Jimmy Scott - Sycamore Trees
Cruise performed "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" in the 'Twin Peaks'
pilot episode; jazz legend Jimmy Scott sang "Sycamore Trees" in the
series finale. This amazing song was featured on the soundtrack of the
rubbish follow-up film 'Fire Walk With Me'.
The Julee Cruise songs also appeared in David Lynch's Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted.
Visit - Julee Cruise
Buy - Floating Into The Night
Buy - Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (video)
Buy - "Fire Walk With Me" OST
Buy - Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to "Twin Peaks" (book)