“It’s a real place. All the characters are real. And the place is real.”

•June 17, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club’s 11th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Contest, 16th June, 2022

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The World Spins (extended RRemix) – Julee Cruise, the original appears on Floating into the Night
The Bookhouse Boys – Angelo Badalamenti, from Music from Twin Peaks
Jean Renault’s Theme (Solo Bass Clarinet) – Angelo Badalamenti, from The Twin Peaks Archive
Just You (Instrumental Baritone Guitar) – Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch, from The Twin Peaks Archive
Twin Peaks Theme (Music Box Cover), watch HERE
Slow 30s Room – David Lynch & Dean Hurley, from Twin Peaks Limited Event Series Soundtrack

{How to speak in the Red Room by Michael J. Anderson, watch HERE / Freshly Squeezed – Angelo Badalamenti, from Music from Twin Peaks}

Floating (Demo) – Julee Cruise, from Three Demos
Dark Mood Woods / The Red Room – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Limited Event Series Soundtrack
Packard’s Vibration – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Hook Rug Dance – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Grady Groove [Featuring Grady Tate] – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack
Girl Talk – Angelo Badalamenti, from The Twin Peaks Archive
Audrey’s Dance (redux) – The Chevrons, from Where We’re From, There’s Always Music in the Air (Heaven Is a Large and Interesting Place)
Fire, Walk With Me – Bookhouse, from Ghostwood, buy HERE
Shelly – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
She’s Gone Away – “The” Nine Inch Nails, from Not the Actual Events

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I’m Hurt Bad (extended RRemix) – Angelo Badalamenti, original version from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Snake Eyes – Trouble, from Snake Eyes
Blue Frank – David Lynch, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Axolotl (Roadhouse Mix) – The Veils, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series

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My first act was to My Dream Come True by Jack Scott, from Capitol Collectors Series -with added vocal quote from David Lynch. My second act was a version of From Her to Eternity by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the original version of which appears on their album From Her to Eternity.

“Music Deals With Time And Timing. It’s So Magical, But When You Get Into It, Every Little Sound And Every Little Space Between The Sounds, It’s Critical, So Critical. And If It’s Not There, It Not Only Feels Wrong, But It Ruins Things.”

•May 20, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club, 19th May, 2022

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{suite of musics inc. Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (excerpt -pitched down 15 semitones) – Krzysztof Penderecki + Slow 30s Room (reversed) – David Lynch & Dean Hurley, from Twin Peaks Limited Event Series Soundtrack + sound design / dialogue from Twin Peaks: The Return}

Call From The Past – David Lynch, from Inland Empire OST
Organ Toots and Sirens – Angelo Badalamenti, from Blue Velvet OST, Deluxe Edition
You Can Go Now – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute

{sound design / dialogue from Mulholland Drive}

Pre-Atomic – Creek/Boss, from Savage Skulls, BUY HERE
The Mysteries of Love – Antony & The Johnsons, from I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy CD single
Best Friends – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me OST
Victrola Manifestation – David Lynch
Deer Meadow Shuffle (film version) – Angelo Badalamenti, from The Twin Peaks Archive
Disobedience – Pig, from Don’t Blow Your Cover – A Tribute To Kmfdm
Angel Guts: – Xiu Xiu, from Angel Guts: Red Classroom
ÄSHN SKIN- BONE ZERO, from BLACK MILK, buy HERE
One Eyed Pessary – PainKiller, from Buried Secrets
Bad For Bobby – Lydia Lunch, James Johnston, Terry Edwards, Ian White, from Big Sexy Noise
I Know – David Lynch, from Crazy Clown Time
3 O’Clock – Oxbow, from Serenade In Red

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BLEED – BONE ZERO, from BLACK MILK, buy HERE
Texas Keller – Bohren & der Club of Gore, from Gore Motel
The Pink Room [edit] – Bookhouse, from the album Ghostwood

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My first act was to Into The Night by Julee Cruise from Floating Into The Night -with added dialogue from Twin Peaks. My second act was a version of Red Light by Siouxsie and the Banshees, the original version of which appears on their album Kaleidoscope. I also sang Evil, a song by Willie Dixon, popularized by Howlin Wolf, the original version of which appears on his album Moanin’ in the Moonlight.

“A lot of music doesn’t do one thing or another. It just doesn’t do anything. Then there are those pieces of music that thrill your soul. It’s such a wide range, and it’s really interesting that we all love different things.”

•April 22, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club, 21st April, 2022

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[ Suite of musics incorporating Im Abendrot [Excerpt -pitched down 30 semitones] – Gewandhausorchester / Dark Spanish Symphony (Edited) (String Version) [pitched down 22 semitones] – Angelo Badalamenti And Kinny Landrum / Dark Lolita [pitched down 22 semitones & played backwards] – Angelo Badalamenti And Kinny Landrum, all from Wild At Heart OST + dialogue from Wild at Heart ]

Waiting For The Engineer – Hildur Guðnadóttir, from Chernobyl (Music from the Original TV Series)
Laura’s Dark Boogie – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And
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Donna – Noordzo, from Shark Funeral Songbook
2 – K., from There’s A Devil Waiting Outside Your Door
I Am Proof Neptune Has No Mercy – The Spongetaker, from Everywhere At The End Of Bikini Bottom
Snails and Lasers for Patricia Highsmith [edit] – Matmos, from The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast
Bad The John Boy – David Lynch, from Bad The John Boy 12″
Kiss Me (I Loved You) – Jack Cruz, from Chloë and the Next 20th Century Deluxe edition bonus 7″ by Father John Misty

[ sound design and dialogue from Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted ]

Lynchian Ride – Nyctophiliac, from Dark Side of the Mental
Girl On The Street (instrumental) – David Lynch
Insomnia – Johnny Jewel, from Windswept
Hate Song (Version) – Fudge Tunnel, from Hate Songs In E-Minor
Jack Paints It Red – Thought Gang, from Thought Gang
Hope To Die – Orville Peck, from Pony

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I’m Wise – A Place to Bury Strangers, from Strange Moon EP
911 – David Lynch & John Neff, from Blue Bob
The Slop – Hasil Adkins, from Peanut Butter Rock and Roll
The Travelling Salesman – DK3, from Neutrons
Blue Frank – Bookhouse, from the album Ghostwood, buy HERE
Beatrice The Coyote (edit) – Laddio Bolocko, from The Life and Times of Laddio Bolocko
11:52 – Vainio / Väisänen / Vega, from Resurrection River

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My first act was to Endless Sleep by Marty Wilde from Three Classic Albums Plus. My second act was a version of 6″ Gold Blade by The Birthday Party, the original version of which appears on their album Junkyard. I also ‘sang’ TV II by Ministry, the original version of which appears on their album ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ [Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs].

“I’m not a musician, but I love the world of music… I love musicians, they’re a lot like children. They like to sleep late and have fun in life.”

•March 18, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club, 17th March, 2022

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[ Suite of musics incorporating Timpo / Organs and Sirens (take 2) / Yellow Man / Cue 50 / Cue 65 (version 2) all pitched down 12 semitones – Angelo Badalamenti, from Blue Velvet (The Deluxe Edition) + dialogue / audio from Blue Velvet ]

7 – K., from There’s A Devil Waiting Outside Your Door
Night Bells – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Lights Out In The Sycamore Lounge – Unsong, from A Blue Rose For Black Bob, download/buy disc HERE
Chambre / Rama Lama / Montagne – Alan Vega, from Sombre OST
Deep Velvet (Carter Tutti Remix) – Chris And Cosey , from 2014 Tour CD
Blue Velvet 1986 (Sound Sample) – Alan Splet, reconstructed by Serious Lag Media, listen HERE
The Voice Of Love Is Crying – Colatron, from Mashed In Plastic
Pretty Fifties – David Lynch & John Neff, from Mulholland Drive OST
6 – K., from There’s A Devil Waiting Outside Your Door
A Girl Got A Car Accident (edit) – The Henry Chinaski’s Ashtray, from Don’t Pee On My Indian Carpet, download FREE HERE
Silent Heaven [with added dialogue from SH2] – Akira Yamaoka, from Silent Hill 2 OST
James Visits Laura – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from The Twin Peaks Archive
Tituba’s Garden Party – Noordzo, from Shark Funeral Songbook
The Black Dog Runs At Night – Thought Gang, from Fire Walk With Me OST
Like Regular Chickens (RR edit) – Amon Tobin, the original version of which appears on Permutation

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Fat City – Alan Vega / Alex Chilton / Ben Vaughn, from Cubist Blues
Flashback (RRemix) – Graham Coxon, the original version of which appears on The End Of The F***ing World (Original Songs and Score)
I Have A Radio – David Lynch from Crazy Clown Time (bonus track, Japanese edition)
Tease Me – Treat Her Right, from What’s Good For You
One Dog Bark – Thought Gang, from Thought Gang
Wigs On The Green – Princess Tinymeat, from Herstory

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My first act was to You Stepped Out of a Dream by Sarah Vaughan (ft. Jimmy Jones Orchestra), from The Roulette Years. My second act was a version of Methamphetamine Blues by Mark Lanegan, the original version of which appears on his album Bubblegum. I also sang You are Not Here, lyrics by me, music incorporating samples from 11:52 by Vainio / Väisänen / Vega, from Resurrection River, with additional treated samples from David Lynch’s Blue Frank & The Pink Room, and theremin played by Léon Theremin himself!

“Meanwhile…”

•March 11, 2022 • Leave a Comment
[Green Hands, Photo by Karen Blix]

“It’s picking a beat and a sound on the guitar and experimenting until something arrives that gets us going.”

•February 18, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club, 17th February, 2022

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Crystal Japan / Subterraneans [slowed / pitched down, played simultaneously] – David Bowie
Freshly Squeezed – Angelo Badalamenti, from Music From Twins Peaks
Falling in Space Oddity -a mashup of Twin Peaks Theme by Angelo Badalamenti and Space Oddity by David Bowie
I Can Still Remember Jellyfish Fields – The Spongetaker, from Everywhere At The End Of Bikini Bottom
Solo Percussion 1 – Angelo Badalamenti, from The Twin Peaks Archive
Dragging A Dead Priest – Tom Waits, from Night on Earth OST
Alcron Meets the Blues – Angelo Badalamenti, from Blue Velvet OST (The Deluxe Edition)
He Will Come for Me – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute

[ audio from Premonitions Following an Evil Deed, a 52 second film by Lynch made as part of the Lumière et Cie project]

Vampire Bop [pitched down 15 semitones] – Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter, original from The Last Man on Earth OST
Perdita – Rubber City, from Wild At Heart O.S.T.
Fire Walk With Me – r.roo, from Fire is the Devil Hiding Like a Coward in the Smoke (Shut Your Eyes and You’ll Burst Into Flames)
Camel Walk – The Original Starfires, from Wowsville
Lumberton U.S.A. / Going Down To Lincoln (Sound Effects Suite) – Angelo Badalamenti, from Blue Velvet OST
Exploding Frogs (edit) – Coil, from The Sound of Musick

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Walkin’ On The Sky – David Lynch, from Inland Empire OST
Can I Tempt You With All This? – Diana Rogerson & Andrew Liles (exclusive extended mix), original version appears on No Birds Do Sing
Wolves – Bridport Dagger, from Wolves & Trembling Sky
Monkey – Geniuser, from I Am

[ Frank In Blue Jeans – a home-cooked ‘mash-up’ featuring elements from Blue Frank by David Lynch and Blue Jean by David Bowie, together with sound design and dialogue from Twin Peaks: The Return ]

Truly Ruly – Hasil Adkins, from Out To Hunch

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My first act was to Dark Moon by Bonnie Guitar, from Dark Moon. My second act was a version of Make it Rain by Tom Waits, the original version of which appears on his album Real Gone. I also sang Audrey, Let’s Dance, a homecooked ‘mash-up’ featuring elements from Audrey’s Dance by Angelo Badalamenti, from Music from Twin Peaks and Let’s Dance, by David Bowie, from Let’s Dance; with added audio from Twin Peaks.

“A lot of music doesn’t do one thing or another. It just doesn’t do anything. Then there are those pieces of music that thrill your soul. It’s such a wide range, and it’s really interesting that we all love different things.”

•January 21, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club, 20th January, 2022

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Summer Night Noise – Thought Gang, from Thought Gang
Wolves (edit) – Terminal Sound System, from Constructing Towers
Let’s Go Tombstoning – Creek/Boss, from Savage Skulls, listen/buy HERE

[ audio from The Mystery Of The Seeing Hand short film by David Lynch ]

10 – K., from There’s A Devil Waiting Outside Your Door
Apep’s Rag – Noordzo, from Shark Funeral Songbook
Police – Angelo Badalamenti, from Lost Highway OST
Everything Is Lost – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute
Lady in the Radiator – Zola Jesus, from New Amsterdam
Five Points – Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, from La Araña Es La Vida
Shelly – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More

[ Waldo Speaks! – audio from Twin Peaks ]

Thee Itch – David Yow, from Tonight You Look Like A Spider
Up To Date – Cheerleader 69, FREE download from HERE
Blurred Dancer Music – David Lynch
Headless Chicken – Thought Gang, from Twin Peaks Limited Event Series Soundtrack

[ Laura speaks! – audio from Fire Walk With Me ]

Rollin’ Down With You – Fox Bat Strategy, from A Tribute To Dave Jaurequi…

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Happy Birthday to David Lynch!
Be My Baby – The Ronettes, from Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
5 – K., from There’s A Devil Waiting Outside Your Door
Logic And Common Sense – Thought Gang, from Thought Gang
Whalebone Smack – Sand, from Still Born Alive
Double Stripper Double Sax (X3) – Mark Sandman, from Sandbox
And Little Lambs Eat Ivy – XSRY, from The Next Peak Vol III

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My first act was to Lost in a Dream by The Charters, from the This Makes Me Mad 7″. My second act was a version of Deep in the Woods by The Birthday Party, the original version of which appears on their Bad Seed E.P. I also sang a cover of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ cover of Avalanche by Leonard Cohen, the original cover of which appears on their album From Her to Eternity, and the original-original of which appears on Cohen’s Songs of Love and Hate.

“Meanwhile…”

•November 23, 2021 • Leave a Comment

While The Double R Club takes its usual break over the festive period, I thought it apposite to point out that all Double R playlists (stretching back to Feb 2017), among other collections, are available to listen to HERE, at Benjamin Louche’s Mixcloud page.

Enjoy… if you feel you are able…

“It’s not just words or music — it’s a whole range of elements coming together and making something that didn’t exist before. It’s telling stories. It’s devising a world, an experience…”

•November 20, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club, 18th November, 2021

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[ The Red Room – Angelo Badalamenti, from the Twin Peaks Archive + Laura’s Whispered Message to Dale Cooper (cleaned up by This Steve Guy), listen HERE + dialogue and sound design from Twin Peaks ]

Audrey (TV Version) – Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch, from the Twin Peaks Archive
Telling Lies – The Louche Nilharmonic (new and exclusive RR track!)
Electricity I – Dean Hurley, from Anthology Resource Vol.1
Above Space 35 feat. Jason Bakker – Romain Azzaro, from La Vita Non E Un Film
Pete’s Boogie – David Lynch & Alan R. Splet, from Eraserhead OST
Sister – Alan Vega / Alex Chilton / Ben Vaughn, from Cubist Blues
Trust Your Blood – Forest Swords, from Fjree Feather EP
A Quick Thing – Nikki Sudden & Rowland S Howard, from Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc
Kitchen Blues – David Lynch
Hauser and O’Brien Bugpowder – Howard Shore – Ornette Coleman / The London Philharmonic Orchestra, from Naked Lunch OST
Human – Hudson Mohawke, from Airborne Lard
Red Eye [instrumental version] – The Louche Nilharmonic (new and exclusive RR track!)
Electricity II – Dean Hurley, from Anthology Resource Vol.1
I Love How You Love Me – The Paris Sisters, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series
Hate Rock Trio – HTRK, from Nostalgia
American Woman (David Lynch Remix) – Muddy Magnolias, from Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack
Cop Beat – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Heathen Earth – Melvins, from Everybody Loves Sausages

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Red Bats With Teeth (RR extended version) – original by Angelo Badalamenti, from Lost Highway OST
Out Of Time – Brian Reitzell, from American Gods Original Television Series Soundtrack
Dark Pink – The Tony Crackburn Orchestra, from Mashed In Plastic
Love Me Love My Dog (RRemix) – Alexander Hacke, original version appears on Sanctuary

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My first act was to A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Rosemary Clooney, with Buddy Morrow and his Band. My second act was a version of I’m Deranged by David Bowie, the original version of which appears on his album Outside.

Here’s to Ben: Dean Stockwell, 1936 – 2021

•November 9, 2021 • 1 Comment
Blue Velvet (1986) – Nostalgia Central

     Ben and I have an understanding, a close connection; I like to think that we’re each other’s dream-self, a strange reflection, perhaps in a pool of engine oil, perhaps of blood.
     His appearance, the white slacks, frill shirt, jacquard dinner jacket, cigarette holder, ear cuff and unexplained bandaged hand, not to mention his unnerving schtick with the work light (lip-synching to the pained and soaring tones of Roy Orbison’s In Dreams) served as the blueprint for my nascent cabaret career. To this day I begin every Double R Club by lip-synching to a classic song, lit only by a work light; I’ve done Orbison, I’ve done Elvis, I’ve done The Platters -I’ve even done Kermit The Frog mixed with Judy Garland. O sure I’ve twisted Ben to become my Ben, changed out his golden jacket for a red one, anglicised him, amped up the mania, souped-up the makeup, dialled down the narcotised, Diazepam stare, but I like to think he’s always there somewhere, underneath it all.
     But shit, man, who the shit is he? Truth be told, evidence is scant.
     Though he appears in only a single scene in Blue Velvet, the image of Ben looms large over the film, and indeed is one of the many visual snapshots seared forever into the mind of any viewer.
     Outside of his costume, his affected air and mannered way, Ben is very much defined by Frank’s attitude towards him. On the surface he’s an effete, camp criminal, as sedate (and sedated) as Frank is stimulated, almost to the point of slow-motion. Ben is not physically threatening, never shouts or rages like Frank. Toxic he may be but conspicuously masculine he is not; and yet it is Frank’s deference to him, his almost adoration of him, (“Suave. Goddamn you are one suave fuck.”) that colours our feelings towards Ben. Who the hell else could get away with patting Frank calmingly on the shoulder while he has a conniption, exclaiming “One thing I can’t fuckin’ stand is warm beer, it makes me fuckin’ puke!”? And after all, if a man like Frank respects, nay lauds Ben, then what kind of twisted, troubling character must lie within? What dark dreams and desires hide behind that suave exterior? His sucker-gut-punch to Jeffrey merely hints at the potential darkness inside.
     Ben floats on the surface of the real whilst suggesting something more; we don’t spend long in his company but it seems clear to me that Ben has seen some terrible things and very likely done even worse.
     When we first meet him, he is sitting in a silent pink room with three middle-aged women and a large man, who is eating. Without any clue, without a sound being heard, no engine growl, no voice on the stairs, no creak of a floorboard, he raises a hand. “Frank’s here,” he says. But… how did he know?

[previously published in Blue Rose Magazine, issue #11]

“Sound is almost like a drug. It’s so pure that when it goes in your ears, it instantly does something to you…”

•October 22, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club, 21st October, 2021

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[ Suite of musics incorporating audio from Old Fashioned Spankings, starring Jack Nance / Invitation To Love Theme (pitched down 40 semitones & reversed) – Angelo Badalamenti / Invitation To Love Theme (pitched down 20 semitones) / Invitation To Love Theme – Angelo Badalamenti ]

Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Sax) – Angelo Badalamenti, from the Twin Peaks Archive
Ed’s Place – Horace Heller, from The Incredibly Strange Record Club
Disc of Sorrow – David Lynch, view HERE  
Frank’s Box – Creek/Boss, from Savage Skulls, listen/buy HERE
The Beast – Milt Buckner, from Mulholland Drive O.S.T.
New Shoes – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Sectio Aurea (Unsong Syncopiate remix) – Palindrones, from The Golden Section, listen/buy HERE
Night Time, My Time – Sky Ferreira, from Night Time, My Time
Girl On The Street – David Lynch
Nightmare – Johnny Jewel, from Themes For Television
Happiness – David Holmes, from Bow Down to the Exit Sign
Writeman – Howard Shore / Ornette Coleman / The London Philharmonic Orchestra, from Naked Lunch OST
Sycamore Cowboys – Colatron, FREE download from Mashed In Plastic
The Snare – Graham Coxon, from The End Of The F***ing World (Original Songs and Score)

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Dancing. Underwater. – The Louche Nilharmonic (new and exclusive RR track!)
Driver Down (edit) – Trent Reznor, from Lost Highway OST
Bridge – Amon Tobin, from Permutation
I Think She Likes Me – Treat Her Right, from Treat Her Right
The Ladder – PainKiller, from Buried Secrets
Pink Western Range – David Lynch & John Neff, from Blue Bob

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My first act was to Wondrous Place by Billy Fury, from The Billy Fury Collection. My second act (as a stand in for an injured Dusty Limits) was a version of Up In Flames by Julee Cruise, the original version of which appears on her album The Voice of Love; my third act was a version of She’s Hit by The Birthday Party, the original version of which appears on their album Junkyard.

“Play this record loud on big speakers – and crank it so that you can feel it. You gotta feel that thump in your chest.”

•September 17, 2021 • 1 Comment

Playlists for The Double R Club, 16th September, 2021

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[Laura’s Dark Boogie – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More (also pitched down by 12 semitones / played forwards and backwards simultaneously) + dialogue / sound design from Fire Walk With Me (also pitched down by 12 semitones / played backwards)]

Tough Chick – The Rockbusters, from Weirdsville!
Little Angel – Scorn, from Colossus
It Can Wait Until Tomorrow – Swordy, listen HERE
Voice Of Love (Slow) – Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch, from Twin Peaks Archive
I Touch Myself – Andrew Liles [feat. Gena Netherwood], from Cover Girls
Come On Lord – Alan Vega / Alex Chilton / Ben Vaughn, from Cubist Blues
Half Speed Orchestra 1 (Stair Music Danger Theme) – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Archive
Dancin’ in the World of Love – David Lynch [feat. Jack Cruz]
Sectio Aurea – Palindrones, from The Lighthouse, listen and buy HERE
 The Adventures of Alan R.(emix) – remixed from original audio from short film The Adventures of Alan R. by David Lynch, watch HERE
Needles on the Beach Version 1.0 – Tin Machine, from Beyond the Beach
Strange Dreams – Dick Walter, from Jazz Anthology 2
Bad The John Boy – David Lynch, from Bad The John Boy 12″
In Heaven – Chelsea Wolfe
Stone Horizon – Cyclops Joint, from Manifestation III

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[ Happy Birthday from David Lynch! ]

Power&Glory (RRemix) – Swordy, listen to the original HERE
A Real Indication – Xiu Xiu, BUY HERE
Green Onions – Booker T. & The MGs, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series
The Werewolf – Alan Vega / Alex Chilton / Ben Vaughn, from Cubist Blues
Smoking Beagles – Sub Sub (feat. Tricky), from the Smoking Beagles EP
Red Right Hand – Iggy Pop & Jarvis Cocker

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My first act was to In Dreams by Roy Orbison, from the Blue Velvet OST. My second act was a version Monkey by Geniuser, the original version of which appears on their album I Am.

The Dearth of The Double R Club

•February 16, 2021 • Leave a Comment
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(pic by Jodi Wyeth)

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Hey, neighbours, welcome to The Double R Club, yes, The Double R Club… “Don’t worry. I’ve heard the phrase, ‘birds of a feather flock together.’”

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This Thursday will mark a full fucking year since we staged a Double R Club. A whole year.

Last week I tried to recite to myself, from memory, the intro spiel I used for every single Double R show for ten years yet hadn’t spoken aloud since the last show; surprisingly, it was all still in there.

O it’s in there, and all the song ideas I’ve kept optimistically making a note of in my ‘Ben Acts’ doc are ready to go, as are all the music ideas added to the doc ‘Laptop Playlists’; they’re all in there and they’re noted down, champing at the bit, all worked up and nowhere to go.

I had genuine plans for 2020, maybe more than I’d had for any previous year; it was to be a hectic one, people were going to get well and truly sick of me. As well as the monthly Double R shows, I was working on a new one-man show based around the songs of Tom Waits, I had written and was writing songs with Shane Gilliver, which would’ve been recorded, a band formed, gigs played and an album launched; I had started to plan my 50th birthday show, which would land slap-bang on a the date of the November Double R.

But no.

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Here at The Double R Club we have acts that will amaze you, amuse you, arouse you, tempt you, tease you, make you laugh, make you cry and, who knows, perhaps even scare you beyond the capacity for rational thought…

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And then there’s the Cabaret Vs Cancer shows we’ve been unable to put on, and the money we’ve been unable to raise through those shows. As a charity we’re lucky to have as our founder my wife Rose Thorne, who has navigated the pandemic and its limitations better than most, thinking around the problems and still managing to raise money. On Sunday night our latest Bowie charity auction ended as our biggest yet, having raised a mammoth £4,371.

That’s all Rose, she’s fucking ace and don’t ever bet against her; she could kill you with her thumbs.

Not being able to stage shows is bad enough, but the powers that be aren’t fucking helping things.

The yo-yo, puppet-on-a-string, will-we-won’t-we, Charlie Brown-and-the-football methodology, staggering ineptitude and mendacity of our wretched fucking government has only served to prolong the suffering of many and pile up the bodies of the unnecessary dead to obscene levels.

Last week I had the sudden mental image of our Prime Minister dragging a large vessel through a mountainous terrain of bodies à la Fitzcarraldo; the vessel in this case being his repulsive, gargantuan, inflated, pustulant fucking ego.

The only thing worse that I can think of is that, should there be a snap election tomorrow, they’d probably win again, by a landslide. Now there’s despair fuel.

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Later, we’ll be looking into the faces of people who never were, never will be, and never could be, this side of a bad dream… whichever side we’re currently on… And there will be SUCH prizes…

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I have to say that I do realise that I’m lucky and have had a much better lockdown than many. In better times, when not writing, learning and performing The Double R (or one of the few other shows kind/foolish enough to book me) I would spend those pre-COVID days writing other things, which is how I’ve spent the majority of lockdown.

I finished and published a book of short stories based around the theme of technology (The Invention of Mother, available HERE!) albeit under my frankly ludicrous pen name Mason Ball, and I’ve written a large chunk of the first draft of a new novel. I am a writer, I write and I have spent my days writing; but the disappearance of those monthly injections of the excitement, thrill, fear and strange magic of co-creating and performing The Double R feels somewhat like having a limb removed, over and over again.

I’ve also completed an album of strange, disturbing drones, tones, beats, clicks, purrs, audio white elephant and unnerving soundscapes (A Nest of Popes, available HERE!) under the moniker Unsong; I’m really pleased with the album and think it’s one the best I’ve made.

In addition, we’ve been staging a strange refraction of one of the smaller and sillier elements of The Double R, TWINGO, every week on Facebook Live; this week is episode 44. It’s basically an extended version of the Twin Peaks bingo game we’ve played from time to time before the interval at The Double R proper, and this new online incarnation has been a most unforeseen success. We’ve got people from across the globe playing along (people who’ve never been to The Double R) and it’s developed its own in-jokes, shorthand and small, enthusiastic community (or perhaps it’s merely a symptom of Stockholm Syndrome). Every Thursday we drink gin and play Twin Peaks bingo (something that my dad finds a never-ending source of hilarity) and try our best to squeeze a little fun from the seemingly endless tedium of not being able to stage shows.

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TWINGO even became the virtual ‘venue’ for my 50th birthday which, while certainly not what I had planned or could’ve imagined, turned out to be unexpectedly great fun, both Rose and the Twingo-liers really going out of their way to make it as much of an event as was possible.

TWINGO is ridiculous fun and it’s a welcome break from the torpor that threatens with every show-less month that goes by; but The Double R it ain’t. Nor are the things I’ve been writing, nor the sounds I’ve been creating. I love them all and would be doing most of them anyway, but they fail to scratch the particular itch that is standing on stage guiding an audience through the “place both wonderful and strange” that is The Double R Club; nothing ticks that box or quenches that need.

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Inspired directly, or indirectly, by the dark and beautiful worlds of David Lynch, “You’re brewing a poisonous batch. This thing is bigger than both of us.”

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When restrictions were laxer, we did manage to stage two one-man shows under the umbrella name of ‘Absolute Elsewhere’ at our beloved Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club; they were part one: A Lynchian Morsel and part two: A Gothic Induction.

I enjoyed both immensely and the socially distanced audiences were lovely and responsive and appreciative and strange and wonderful. But again, that Double R itch remained unscratched (at this point maybe some kind of unguent or ointment is called for? A balm?)

With the aid of the inestimable Sean ‘Magic’ Mooney and the Beyond The Cabaret Studios (somewhere in a secret South London location) we dipped out toes further into the online world with two virtual shows for Cabaret Vs Cancer, one a clip show of past Ashes to Ashes show performances (as well as a few bespoke recordings) hosted by yours truly, and the other a one-man show of me singing Bowie songs. And, while online shows can be technologically tricky as hell, I had a blast doing them and I’ll never tire of Bowie.

But still no Double R. And perhaps, after we’d done so much else to fill that void, it might be worth asking ourselves just what is it about The Double R that is special, at least to us.

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My name is Benjamin Louche and I am your fuckin’ suave host for the evening. You are all my neighbours and so earn the, strictly honorary, title of ‘So fuckin’ suave.’ So. When I say “What’s my name?” you shout “Ben!” and when I say “What are you?” you shout “So fuckin’ suave!”

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Along with some things I’ve written, I think The Double R Club is probably the thing I’m proudest of. It is indisputably our thing, Rose and I created it, curated it and once we realised what we had and just how to do it, we never compromised our vision one iota.

I don’t want to get into writing a potted history of The Double R (there is one featured though in my book Postcards from Twin Peaks, available HERE! -smooth segue Louche, smooth, keeping typing, no one noticed) but we have carved ourselves a place in London cabaret history by creating something that is, while being “inspired directly or indirectly by the dark and beautiful worlds of David Lynch,” so quintessentially us.

Many famous people when interviewed and asked about what their proudest achievement is will say “My marriage” and while this may be because maintaining a marriage whilst famous (something we are definitely not) is a truly rare and difficult thing, I can honestly say that being married to Rose is not difficult at all. My marriage is, I think, probably the least stressful part of my life. She’s awesome and frankly better than I deserve (yeah, yeah, insert vomit emoji here) and so being proud of my marriage seems odd to me, glad of it certainly, but proud? It’s not hard work.

And no, I’m not claiming that being married to me is as easy (I mean, Christ, just imagine).

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What’s my name?

What are you?

What’s my name?

What are you?

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However, being proud of something that is hard work, is often stressful and difficult, and that we’ve created together, makes perfect sense to me. We don’t have children (because frankly, eww) and the greatest thing we have made together is The Double R Club.

Please feel free to call me arrogant or even deluded (I answer to both) but I truly believe that there is not another show like it on earth. Not everyone liked us (which is more than fine, in fact is bordering on essential) but the fact that we found a dedicated audience, that we won numerous awards for the ruddy thing; that we found so many performers who just got it and were willing to ‘join in’, allowed us to continue for a decade, and go from strength to strength.

And now: NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. Absolutely GOOSE EGG.

Last week a Facebook friend posted on her timeline “I miss your faces,” to which my immediate response was:

“Worst. Sniper. Ever.”

It is a strange thing for someone not traditionally so enamoured with humanity as a whole to miss people. Don’t get me wrong, if I didn’t want to be your friend before, I certainly don’t want to be so now, I have not suddenly discovered an all-emcompassing love of humankind, but the fact is Rose and I have met, and been befriended by, a number of people who we would never have known were it not for us starting this odd little David Lynch themed cabaret night back in 2009. Both performers and audience members alike that we have since gotten drunk with, stacked chairs with, cleaned up bodily fluids (both real and fake) with, worked on projects outside of cabaret together with, thrown potatoes at plastic bottles with (no, really), sung with, raised money with, are now just thumbnails on social media and it’s weird; and not good weird either.

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Ok I need one more thing before we “Hit the fuckin’ road,” I need to test your capacity for sound your potential for expressions of unfettered joy, with, at first (using only the hands) a round of applause… Now bring it down, down to a smattering, just a pitter patter, like… like the sound you might expect if it was raining eyeballs… or disembodied, moistened genitals, just spattering down on the pavement, a deluge of disembodied, moistened genitals… and eyeballs…

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Anyone who has worked with me in cabaret over the last decade will have heard me, after a show where the audience has been less than enthusiastic, jokily suggest that when we work out how to do cabaret without an audience, then we’ll have really cracked it. Well those flippant, quippy words came back to bite me in the arse, didn’t they?

We’ve been saying it for a year now and I suppose we have to keep saying it and keep saying it: this must end at some point. Even with the duplicitous, inept, callous, imbecilic, lobotomised, inbred, privileged fucking vermin we have in control of the country, eventually shows will begin again. And if there are still venues left that they can be staged in, then audiences will come.

I love it and I miss it, and though I knew it was important to me, I’m not sure I knew quite how important.

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And keep it going, keep it going, because now I want to hear the sound you will make should one, or more, of our performers happen to show a little flesh… and what if they show you even more flesh? Even more flesh!

And then bring up the applause and add shouts of “Fuckin’A!” add shouts of “Rockin’ good news!” add shouts of “Let’s rock!”

And build the applause and build the applause, add screaming, screaming and applause, screaming and applause, screaming and applause, annnnd…. STOP!

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So hear this:

WE WILL RETURN,  I T   W I L L   B E   H A P P E N I N G   A G A I N

But fuck knows when.

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“Heineken? FUCK THAT SHIT!”

•May 13, 2020 • Leave a Comment

FRANK BOOTH WINE

A Figment In The Elsewhere #5: Mr. Blanche DuBois

•March 25, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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-being the fifth in an ongoing series detailing stand-out acts that ‘appeared’ at The Double R Club (often more than once); acts that Rose Thorne and I loved, that seem to typify in some way, or stand as emblems for, just what it is The Double R have attempted to do, to be, displays that went some way to describing our own particular brand of ‘Lynchian’, over the last decade of shows…

This time: Mr. Blanche DuBois and their… well, their Blanche DuBois act; (to try and prevent this post becoming unduly confusing I shall henceforth refer to performer Blanche DuBois as PerformerBlanche or Mr. Blanche Dubois, the character as simply Blanche).

PerformerBlanche is an incredible and versitile artist that has appeared at the Double R countless times over the years, never illiciting anything other than a rapturous response, however, when we first clapped eyes on their Blanche DuBois act, it very soon became clear that we were witnessing an almost quintessentially Double R moment.

In Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire, we learn that Blanche DuBois’ husband committed suicide after he was discovered having a homosexual affair. Wikipedia: “This reference was removed from the film; Blanche says instead that she showed scorn at her husband’s sensitive nature, driving him to suicide.”

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In PerformerBlanche’s act, the Blanche of the play appears locked in a kind of time-loop or bad dream, in which the terrible tragedy from her past seems to have fractured time itself and she is forced to re-live those terrible moments again and again.

Mournful strings are heard, as well as the sound of chalk writing on a blackboard, PerformerBlanche scribbles on the air, perhaps writing a diary, perhaps trying to re-write the tragedy that she knows she can never escape.

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Blanche’s speech from the 1951 film version (by Vivien Leigh) is heard, though cut up, re-ordered, repeating itself, again and again, and PerformerBlanche lipsynchs the fractured story, growing more and more frantic and distraught as the events are regurgitated and relived, as the guilt destroys her before our very eyes.

She’s reminded, over and over, of the whole awful event, from their meeting:

“There was something about the boy… He was a boy,”

to the terrible night when, after she tells him that he disgusts her, he commits suicide:

“One night we drove out to a place called Moon lake… I didn’t know anything, except that I loved him, and I heard him crying… Suddenly in the middle of the dancefloor the boy I’d married broke away from me… He stuck a revolver into his mouth…”

And then of the discovery of her husband’s body: “The terrible thing at the edge of the lake.”

The act ends with Chet Baker’s heartbreaking rendition of Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue; during which PerformerBlanche removes their dress and corset, and then stands them up, as if the character of Blanche had simply vanished, or had been a ghost all along; perhaps in a suggestion that bystepping out of costume, Blanche’s tragedy has been left behind after all.

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This is an act that sends shivers about the room like a Mexican wave and that has moved many a Double R audience to tears; and, with it’s themes of tragedy and loss, and it’s dream-like, hypnotic repetition, not to mention its harking back to a golden age of Hollywood, it remains one of the most purely Lynchian acts we’ve ever presented.

“If you start off with a certain beat and a certain sound on the guitar, it’s gonna put you on a certain road. And when you go down that road, you can discover things.”

•February 21, 2020 • Leave a Comment

JUMPING MAN CLOSE UP

Playlists for The Double R Club, 20th February, 2020

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[ Suite of processed sound design from What Did Jack Do? plus a single word of dialogue from Fire Walk With Me ]

There’s Someone at the Door, Gordon – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute
Night Life In Twin Peaks – Angelo Badalamenti, from Music From Twin Peaks
Eraserhead – Ralph Dorper, from Eraserhead 12″
Dipped In Tea – Terry Edwards, from Terry Edwards
Pena – written by Don Van Vliet, read by David Lynch

[ dialogue / sound design from What Did Jack Do? ]

Slow Burn [feat. Lydia Lunch] – Sylvia Black, from Twilight Animals
Filmmaker – Queen Ov Material Happiness from The Love Market
Godspeed You!Black Woodsman – Swordy, listen HERE
True Love’s Flame – David Lynch [feat. Jack Cruz], buy HERE

[ dialogue / sound design from What Did Jack Do? ]

Less Sex – Daughters, from You Won’t Get What You Want
I’m Waiting Here – David Lynch & Lykke Li, bonus MP3 track from The Big Dream
Fire Walk With Me – Sick Tree, listen HERE
Josie and Truman – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Twin Perks – Mike Cooper, from I Had the Strangest Dream Last Night (The Owls Were Silent), FREE download HERE
The 49th Ton – Penthouse, from My Idle Hands

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Trafelato – Ennio Morricone, from Crime and Dissonance
Say It – David Lynch, from The Big Dream
It’s Showtime – Terry Edwards, from My Wife Doesn’t Understand Me
Shake It Baby – John Lee Hooker, from Serves You Right To Suffer
Boiler Maker – The Jazzus Lizard, from Horn
Heirate Mich (edit) – Rammstein, from Lost Highway O.S.T.
The ’57 Incident – The ’57 Incident, from A Tribute To Betty Page

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My first act was to ‘Night Life’ by Julie London, from Wild, Cool & Swingin’. My second act was a version of Frank In Blue Jeans which is itself a mashup of Blue Frank by David Lynch, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More and Blue Jean by David Bowie, from Tonight -listen HERE.

“It’s all like a crazy nightmare to me now.”

•January 22, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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TOOTOTABON!”

“I love melody. I was very lucky to meet Angelo [Badalamenti]. In movies, there is music that is not melodious, but it’s setting a mood and a very special feel. And then there’s music that has a melody that can tear your heart out, and Angelo can do both of those things.”

•January 17, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club, 16th January, 2020

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Eye on the Donut – Vitor Joaquim, from Hear the Other Side, See the Other Side (Traces to Nowhere)
Wash The Dust From My Heart – Nurse With Wound, from Huffin’ Rag Blues
The Black Dog Runs At Night – Thought Gang, from Thought Gang
Burst Into Fire – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute
Lipstick – Johnny Jewel, from Themes For Television
Truth – Goldie [feat. David Bowie], from Saturnz Return

[sampled sound design / music / dialogue from Inland Empire]

Plutocracy Blues – Dangerpuss
Negative Space – Aloha Dead
Cold Light of Day – The Denison / Kimball Trio, from Plays The Music Of “Walls In The City”
Karl – Laddio Bolocko, from The Life and Times of Laddio Bolocko
Like Regular Chickens (RR edit) – Amon Tobin, the original version of which appears on Permutation
Love Letters – Ketty Lester, from Blue Velvet O.S.T
Girl On The Street (instrumental) – David Lynch
Just You – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More

[sampled sound design / dialogue from Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted]

Slow and Easy – Henry Mancini, from Music From “Peter Gunn”

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You Wear My Stuff – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute
Murdered Out – Kim Gordon, from No Home Record
Terminus (edit) – Sand, from Beautiful People Are Evil
Disco La Krupa – Caesar Romero, from Matamoros

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My first act was to The End Of The World by Skeeter Davis, from The End Of The World. My second act was a version of I See Them All Lined Up by Michael Gira, the original version of which appears on the album Drainland.

“We’re [definitely] not gonna talk about Judy…”

•January 12, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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“I need your clothes, boots and your motorcycle.”

•December 22, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Laurel Near & Jack Nance on the set of David Lynch’s Eraserhead, c.1977