What's Up Wednesday: 'Twin Peaks'
On October 3rd, 2014, director David Lynch and producer Mark Frost teased 90s cult fans everywhere by posting the same tweets. They looked like this:
And just days later, the entire internet confirmed that Twin Peaks, the beloved and all too short lived show that brought us the whip smart and charismatic Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan, Mayor of Portland) and a host of other unique and memorable characters doing their best to survive in a constant surrealist crime drama, would be returning to the small screen for a third and final limited release season. So far, what we know is that it will air on Showtime, after a scheduled rerun of the original two seasons, in 2016.
If you don’t want to wait until then to see the first two seasons (and honestly, I do not blame you) both are available to watch now on Netflix.
Something to note, during the original airing of Twin Peaks, every episode was introduced by a cryptic monologue performed by a woman clutching a log (thereafter most popularly known as ‘The Log Lady”, though she does have a regular name in the series.) These intros are not on the Netflix episodes, so I’ve included the youtube links to them below, because they are one of the best parts of the show.
Twin Peaks was really influential in a number of ways, but none so permeating was the influence it had on the music industry. It really put the emerging genre of dream pop on the map, with singer Julee Cruise and producer/composer Angelo Badalamenti coming together to create the sweet but eerie sounds heard throughout the series. The music has acted like a sleeper cell, a stylistic pillar that was always-there but never-too-obvious. Now, with synth and dream pop enjoying a long-deserved moment in the spotlight thanks to artists like Sky Ferreira, Passion Pit, Lana del Rey, and FKA Twigs, it's hard to ignore the eclipsing shadow of Badalamenti, Lynch and Cruise's work. (I have a few ideas as to the "why's" of what's going on, if you wanna chat about it by all means contact me cause I could talk about it for days.)
If you want to learn a little more about the music of Twin Peaks, there’s a great article on Rolling Stone. And, if you’d like to read a little more about the influence of TP on todays music, Pitchfork’s Jeremy Gordon wrote a pretty good piece on it which you can find here.
Now, on to the playlist...
Now that you’ve been properly introduced, I’ve put together a playlist that’s a crossroads between the dreampop music and the narrative of Twin Peaks as a whole. Hope you enjoy!