Happy 25th: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
25 years ago today, the soundtrack to a cinematic prequel of a critically-acclaimed TV series first hit record store shelves.
Despite the acclaim it received from critics, Twin Peaks delivered more buzz than ratings, so when it went off the air in 1991 with one of the most frustrating cliffhangers in TV history, it was reasonable for fans to presume that they’d seen the last of the small Northwestern town, leaving its dark secrets unresolved forever. Instead, David Lynch performed a maneuver which has helped define the term “Lynchian,” delivering a Twin Peaks feature film which, instead of picking up where the series left off, went back to events that took place prior to when the pilot episode kicked off. Fans were still pleased to have a chance to revisit the familiar locale and characters, or at least some of them were, but there’s no question that Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me was a film that met with mixed reactions…and that’s putting it mildly.
Still, no matter what people thought of the film, most were enraptured by Angelo Badalamenti’s score for the film, which was just as strange and moving as the one he’d composed for the series. As with that album, MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME also featured a vocal performance from Julee Cruise (“Questions in a World of Blue”), but the real showstopper was a mindblowing song by Jimmy Scott (“Sycamore Trees”).
Over time, more people have come to appreciate Badalamenti’s work on Fire Walk With Me, thanks to the film finding a new audience. If you’ve never checked it out, now’s the time.
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