The Music of Twin Peaks: The Return: Shawn Colvin, Angelo Badalamenti


David Lynch loves music the way Dougie Jones loves coffee, and it’s reflected in the soundtrack for Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return. Most of the episodes end with a band performing at the Bang Bang Bar aka The Roadhouse, the local bar in the city of Twin Peaks.

In an ongoing weekly series of exclusive interviews, KEXP’s resident Twin Peaks expert DJ Morgan will chat with the show’s music director Dean Hurley. Hurley has collaborated extensively with David Lynch on sound design and music, and since 2005, has operated Asymmetrical Studio, Lynch’s recording studio and film dubbing facility located in the Hollywood Hills. Tune in every Monday at 8:00 AM PT to The Morning Show on KEXP, as Morgan and John Richards air excerpts from her chats with Hurley. View previous chats in the series here on the KEXP Blog.

Episode 11 doesn’t feature a band in The Roadhouse, but there are two notable musical moments. One is the use of Elvis classic “Viva Las Vegas” as covered by singer/songwriter/Lilith Fair alum Shawn Colvin. The other is a piece of “Italian restaurant music” by Twin Peaks composer and longtime Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, appropriately titled “Heartbreaking.” In the clip below, Hurley reveals a few bands Lynch likes that might surprise you, and explains the eerie magic of how Badalamenti’s song fit into the scene.

Twin Peaks: The Return airs every Sunday night at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Showtime.

On September 8th, Rhino will release two soundtrack collections: Twin Peaks (Music From the Limited Event Series) featuring performances from The Roadhouse and Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack) featuring the score by composer Angelo Badalamenti.

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One Comment

  1. Shawn Poole
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Can y’all find out (if you don’t know already) who played the (uncredited onscreen) part of the piano player in Episode 11’s closing scene? He looks a lot like either musician Bobby Bandiera or a thicker-faced Roman Polanski. Is he someone famous? Thanks.

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