The Music of Twin Peaks: The Return: Julee Cruise

 

[ SPOILERS AHEAD ]

We can’t believe it’s over. Over the past weeks, Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return has enthralled us, and featured some pretty excellent musical guests. 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 chatted 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 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.


The ethereal-voiced chanteuse Julee Cruise first met David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti during their work on the 1985 film Blue Velvet. For the original run of Twin Peaks, she performed quite a few songs on the soundtrack and appeared in The Roadhouse on several episodes. As Hurley explains in the interview below, bringing Cruise back was “a no-brainer.” Hear Dean talk about the emotional weight behind the track “The World Spins,” who the surprise backing band is, and hear him reflect on his favorite musical guests of the season, in this final chat with him for this season of Twin Peaks.

Twin Peaks: The Return aired 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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