Tag Archives: David Lynch

Julee Cruise: The Voice of Love

Julee Cruise: The Voice of Love
Released: 1993 (Warner Brothers Records)

This is the second record Cruise did with Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch. While it doesn’t compare to the first one, Floating Into the Night, it does contain a bunch of great tracks, including two songs from Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. If you enjoy beautiful, haunting, and ethereal music check this record out.

Here is the track Questions in a World of Blue.

Julee Cruise: The Voice of Love

Painkiller: Buried Secrets

Painkiller: Buried Secrets
Released: 1992 (Earache Records)

How I’ve always understood it Painkiller is Napalm Death teaming up with experimental jazz luminary John Zorn. These songs are creepy, heavy, chaotic, and quite clever. They’re a mixture of grindcore and jazz, reminding me of a creepy film noir score done today. Remember that scene in David Lynch’s Lost Highway where Bill Pullman is going nuts on the sax? Painkiller reminds me of this.

Here is Painkiller performing live with Mike Patton.

Here is a clip of Painkiller live from 1993.

Painkiller: Buried Secrets

Julee Cruise: Floating Into the Night

Julee Cruise: Floating Into the Night
Released: 1989 (Warner Brothers Records)

I’m not 100% sure how Julee Cruise ended up working with director David Lynch but somehow her beautiful vocals ended up gracing music in the film Blue Velvet along with Twin Peaks (both the television series and the film Fire Walk With Me). Cruise’s voice is beautiful and haunting and Floating Into the Night features songs written by Angelo Badalamenti with lyrics by Lynch. On this disc you’ll hear songs like Mysteries of Love from Blue Velvet, Falling (the Twin Peaks theme), and many others songs which appeared on Twin Peaks. It’s a beautiful album I listen to constantly.

Here is Julee Cruise performing The World Spins (my personal favorite) live in London last year. It was part of a Twin Peaks festival/celebration.

Here is a video for the song Falling (the Twin Peaks theme). This is actually an edited version and the album cut is about a minute longer.

Here is a scene from Blue Velvet featuring the song Mysteries of Love – an extremely beautiful little track. It’s not the complete version from the album.

Julee Cruise: Floating Into the Night

Skip James: The Complete Early Recordings

Skip James: The Complete Early Recordings
Released: 1994 (Yazoo Records)

Skip James is, in my opinion, the most interesting early 20th century blues artist (rivaled only by Geechie Wiley). His songs follow the traditional song pattern but there’s eeriness in the way he plays guitar, making his tracks bizarre and strange. Where many other blues artists of the 1920s and ‘30s play standard blues tracks, James’ songs dismiss the traditional blues pattern and delve into something more melancholy than the works of other notable blues artists like Robert Johnson or Charley Patton; they’re songs which don’t make you feel better when they’re done, instead making me feel uncomfortable.

A friend of mine once told me the blues is the thing you listen to when you want to feel better. It’s such a downer there’s no choice but to feel relieved when the song’s over. I’ve felt that way many times when listening to these old blues artists from the 20th century’s first half; I’ve even felt this way after listening to James’ recordings. However, there’s something more going on in James’ songs; these are the kinds of songs David Lynch would’ve listened to for inspiration.

James recorded a long line of songs from the 1920s onward. Like most blues singers of this time James died with very little money and almost no recognition. However, right before his death in 1969 Cream just released a cover of James’ I’m so Glad; I’m not sure whether James knew or not.

Here’s a video of my favorite Skip James song: Devil Got My Woman

Click here for Skip James’ Discogs page

Skip James: The Complete Early Recordings