“Most of the sound is done later. A lot of it is kind of an experiment.”

•February 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club 15th February, 2018

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‘Midnight Radio tracks #5 & #7’ (played simultaneously) – Bohren & der Club of Gore, both from Midnight Radio
‘Hello Baby’ – Morphine, from At Your Service
‘Windswept (reprise) ‘ – Johnny Jewel, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series
‘Novelette Conclusion [Excerpt] ‘ / ‘Lisa [Edit] ‘ – Witold Lutoslawski / Joey Altruda, from Inland Empire OST
‘Invisible Lights’ – Steeple Remove, from Everyone Else that isn’t You
‘Esplicitamente Sospeso’ – Ennio Morricone, from Crime and Dissonance

[sound design from Twin Peaks: The Return -regarding the wellbeing of Johnny Horne]

‘Honky Tonk – Part 1’ – Bill Doggett, from Blue Velvet O.S.T.
‘Audrey’s Dance’ – Full Eclipse [feat. Michael Stuart], from The Next Peak Vol I
‘John Clown Facey’ – D.Catalano, from Position Normal
‘Theme for Broken Home’ – Terminal Sound System, from Constructing Towers
‘The Beat Dies’ – The Raveonettes, from Lust, Lust, Lust
‘I Have A Radio’ –  David Lynch from Crazy Clown Time (bonus track, Japanese edition)
‘Stranger Peaks’ – Prom Queen, download HERE

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‘Axolotl (Roadhouse Mix) ‘ – The Veils, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series
‘Cowboy Drone’ – Bridport Dagger, from Wolves & Trembling Sky
‘The David Lynch Guide To Coffee’ – Laurence Owen, from The David Lynch E​.​P.
‘Blue Angel’ – Roy Orbison from the The Essential Roy Orbison
‘Gospel Singer’ – Lydia Lunch, James Johnston, Terry Edwards, Ian White, from Big Sexy Noise
‘Heirate Mich’ (Double R Club remix) – Rammstein, original version on Lost Highway O.S.T.

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My first act was to ‘Love Me’ by Nicholas Cage, from the Wild At Heart OST (with added sound design from the film). My second act was a version of ‘I, Bloodbrother Be (£4,000 Love Letter)’ by Shock Headed Peters, the original version of which appears on Rough Trade Shops – Post Punk 01.

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“There’s always music in the air…” #4: ‘Rabbit Snare’ by Throbbing Gristle

•February 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Fourth in a continuing series of posts highlighting Lynchian sounds and musics (as defined by The Double R Club and I) that may have flown under the radar of many and which perhaps one might even imagine appearing at The Roadhouse in some future, imaginary episode…

A rare ostentatiously jazzy outing for these northern industrial pioneers, from the opening disjointed noodling piano, to the disturbing cries of Cosey Fanni Tutti’s cornet and the slowed, magadon bass tones, this torch song from another place creeps and crawls its way into your head, inch by terrible inch.

The song stands as a kind of strange and disconcerting song of false love and coercion, with Genesis P-Orridge drunkenly crooning “Why are you scared? Do you love me? Why are you scared?” growing in oddity and sinister influence with “Dare you love me. Is this insidious? Is this inside of us? Simply insidious. Simply insidious. Kind of ridiculous.”

Echoes of BOB’s voice in Laura’s head…?

From the band’s penultimate album Part Two: The Endless Not, the song could perhaps be a spiritual sequel to their classic ‘Persuasion’ which includes P-Orridge’s voice influencing a young girl to pose for pornographic pictures: “Do it because I tell you. Do it because I love you. And I persuade you” and which includes the infamous lyric “I’ve got a little biscuit tin, to keep your panties in” -shades of Laura in Flesh World magazine…?

Lyrics:

Why are you scared?
Do you love me?
Why are you scared?
Are you scared?
Are you scared?
Why dare you love me?
Dare you love me
Is this insidious?
Is this inside of us?
Simply insidious
Simply insidious
Kind of ridiculous
Do you love me?
Why are you scared?
Do you love me?
Why are you scared?
Dare you to love me?
Dare that you love me
Is this insidious?
Simply insidious
Kind of ridiculous
Simply insidious
Simply insidious
Simply insidious
Kind of ridiculous

“Songs are little stories.”

•February 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club 18th January, 2018

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‘Sand’ – Sand, from Beautiful People Are Evil

[sound design from Twin Peaks: The Return -including Moonlight Sonataslowed] 

‘Lights Out In The Sycamore Lounge’ – Unsong, from A Blue Rose For Black Bob, download HERE, buy disc HERE
‘One Armed Man’s Theme & Jean Renault’s Theme’ (TV Mix) – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘Bad The John Boy’ – David Lynch, from Bad The John Boy 12″
‘Diner’ (excerpt) – Angelo Badalamenti, from Mulholland Drive O.S.T.
‘Thee Itch’ – David Yow, from Tonight You Look Like A Spider
‘Low Down Dirge’ (edit) – Silencio, from She’s Bad
‘Shoot The Works’ – Fox Bat Strategy, from A Tribute To Dave Jaurequi…
‘Redrum’ – Tom Waits, from Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
‘The Voice Of Love’ – Angelo Badalamenti, from Fire Walk With Me O.S.T.
‘Sexy Sultry’ – JG Thirlwell, from The Venture Bros. The Music Of JG Thirlwell
‘Pete’s Boogie’ – David Lynch & Alan R. Splet, from Eraserhead O.S.T.
‘Porno Booth II’ – John Lurie, from Variety O.S.T.
‘Porno Booth’ – John Lurie, from Variety O.S.T.
‘Packard’s Vibration’ – Xiu Xiu, from … Xiu Xiu Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks
‘The Nightingale’ – Julee Cruise, from Floating Into The Night
‘Milky Drops from Heaven’ – Jonny Greenwood, from Bodysong OST
‘Bowels of the Beast’ – The Raveonettes, from Whip It On

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‘Baby Goes Bad’ – Gemma Ray, from Down Baby Down
‘I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star’ – Linda Scott, from the Mulholland DriveO.S.T.
‘Sharp Dressed Man’ – ZZ Top, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series
‘I Just Can’t Help But Stare’ – Gallon Drunk, from The Road Gets Darker From Here
‘Groove Grease (Hot Catz) (edit)’- Nurse With Wound, from Huffin’ Rag Blues
‘Cirrhosis Of The Heart’ – Foetus, from Flow

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My first act was to ‘Sleep Walk’ by Betsy Brye, from Lipstick, Powder & Paint – A Decade of Girls 1953-1962. My second act was a version of ‘The Friend Catcher’ by The Birthday Party, the original version of which appears on their compilation album Hee-Haw.

“There’s always music in the air…” #3: ‘The Stairs Are Like An Avalanche’ by Swell Maps

•December 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Third in a continuing series of posts highlighting Lynchian sounds and musics (as defined by The Double R Club and I) that may have flown under the radar of many and which perhaps one might even imagine appearing at The Roadhouse in some future, imaginary episode…

A hypnotic, plodding, repetitive ditty (perhaps dirge?) with its slow, shambling drum beat, insistent ride-cymbal and intermittent distorted stabs, scratches and scrapings of guitar, as if a rock band have fallen into some strange fugue state, this track has a feeling of slow, boozy, narcotized collapse, or perhaps of gradual descent of the titlular set of decrepit, perhaps ruinous, stairs.

Maybe following the infamous ‘Pink Room’ scene in Fire Walk With Me, Laura finds a door and then a flight of stairs leading her down to another, stranger Powers & Glory in some forgotten basement; maybe the basement of The Dutchman’s? Maybe lining those stairs are several dirty, bearded men…?

Bonus track on the ’89 CD reissue of Swell Maps’ 1980 album Jane from Occupied Europe, ‘The Stairs Are Like An Avalanche’ stands as neither a representative example of the band’s other output, nor as an anomaly; the strangeness and diverse nature of their (albeit relatively small) body of work defying any accurate description or categorisation. An all too often overlooked gem in the unhelpfully vague genre of ‘post punk’ Swell Maps are by turns punky, experimental, bemusing, amusing, toe-tapping and engaging.

 

“I like to think of the electric guitar as a powerful engine. At least eight cylinders, but running rough, with a bad muffler.”

•November 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club 16th November, 2017

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‘Night Life In Twin Peaks’ (X3 -overlapped) – Angelo Badalamenti, from Music from Twin Peaks
‘Up In Flames’ – Julee Cruise, from The Voice Of Love
‘Soft Sounds’ – Henry Mancini, from The Music From Peter Gunn
‘Perdita’ – Rubber City, from Wild At Heart O.S.T.
‘Home Stab Kit’ – House of Le Ford, downloaded HERE

[sampled audio montage from ‘Blues Music’ promo trailer for Crazy Clown Time by David Lynch]

‘Bad For Bobby’ – Lydia Lunch, James Johnston, Terry Edwards, Ian White, from Big Sexy Noise
‘In My Curiosity’ (excerpt) – Eugene Robinson & Philippe Petit, from The Crying Of Lot 69
‘People Like Frank’ – Amon Tobin, from Permutation

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

‘I’m Hurt Bad’ (Industrial Symphony No. 1 Version) – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘Rentboy’ – HTRK, from Marry Me Tonight
‘Red Shoes By The Drugstore’ – Tom Waits, from Blue Valentine
‘How Do I Relax’ – Butter 08, from Butter 08
‘See Pretty’ – Beirut Slump, from Lydia Lunch Hysterie 1976 – 1986
‘You’d Be So Nice’ – Xiu Xiu, from Nina

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‘Walkin’ On The Sky- – David Lynch, from Inland Empire O.S.T.
‘Texas Keller’ – Bohren & der Club of Gore, from Gore Motel
‘I Cannot Do That’ – David Lynch & John Neff, from Blue Bob
‘The Travelling Salesman’ – DK3, from Neutrons
‘I’m A Believer’ – Anita Lane, from Dirty Pearl

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My first act was to ‘Turn Around, Look At Me’ by Glen Campbell, from Glen Campbell, The Early Years. My second act was a version of ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ by ZZ Top, the original version of which appears on their album Eliminator; the extra ‘Louche-centric’ verse I penned for the performance went thusly:

White slacks, frill shirt
I wear a bandage ’cause my hand is hurt
Ear cuff, red shoes
So fuckin’ suave, such a short fuse
They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout-
Every boy crazy ’bout-
Everyone crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man

“[E]verybody likes certain things that others may not like. I know though that sound is — and underline these words — extremely important.”

•October 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club 19th October, 2017

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‘No Happiness For Slater’ (pitch lowered by 10 semitones) – John Lewis, the original version from Odds Against Tomorrow O.S.T.
‘Motel’ – Johnny Jewel, from Windswept
‘Audrey’ – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
‘The Stairs Are Like An Avalanche’ – The Swell Maps, from Jane From Occupied Europe
‘Dance Of The Dream Man’ – Xiu Xiu, from … Xiu Xiu Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks
‘Somnambulatin” – Unsong, from A Blue Rose For Black Bob buy CD HERE or download HERE
‘Factory Interlude’ – David Lynch & John Neff, from Blue Bob
‘Blurred Dancer Music’ – David Lynch, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘Sycamore Trees’ – Sick Tree, listen HERE
‘Lumberton U.S.A. / Going Down To Lincoln (Sound Effects Suite)’ – Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch, from Blue Velvet O.S.T.
‘The Shadow Knows’ – Link Wray & The Wraymen, from The Best Of Link Wray
‘Why Do You Dream?’ – Prom Queen, from Doom Wop
‘Hate Song (Version)’ – Fudge Tunnel, from Hate Songs In E-Minor

[sound design / dialogue from Twin Peaks: The Return]

‘Lost And You Don’t Even Know It’ – Unsong, from A Blue Rose For Black Bob uy CD HERE or download HERE
‘Sixteen Reasons’ – Connie Stevens, from Connie Stevens – As Cricket
‘Cop Beat’ – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
‘Flight’ – Barry Adamson, from Back To The Cat
‘Saturday (instrumental)’ – Chromatics, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series
‘Girl On The Street’ – David Lynch, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘It’s Your Father’ – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com

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‘Eraserhead’ – Bruce McCulloch, from Shame Based Man
’11:52′ – Vainio / Väisänen / Vega, from Resurrection River
‘Don’t Go Into That Barn’ – Tom Waits, from Real Gone
‘Green Onions’ – Booker T. & The MGs, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series

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My first act was to an edit of ‘American Woman (David Lynch Remix)’ by Muddy Magnolias, from Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack. My second act was a version of ‘Axolotl (the Roadhouse Mix)’ by The Veils, the original version of which appears on Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack.

“Ladies and gentlemen, The Roadhouse is proud to welcome…”

•September 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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And so, with the ending of Twin Peaks: The Return, and the release of the two (count ’em two!) soundtrack albums, I began reflecting on The Roadhouse, on it’s clearly over-achieving booking agent, how such big artists could possibly make it worth their while to play such a tiny venue (how much were tickets?!) and then of course what bands I might have liked to see appearing at The Bang-Bang Bar, or those that might appear in some alternative ‘other’ Twin Peaks (listen up, Richard and Linda), and just what my dream line up might be…