Hear the Best of Angelo Badalamenti (RIP) from 1986–2017: Features Music from David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks & More

The late Ange­lo Badala­men­ti com­posed music for singers like Mar­i­anne Faith­full and Nina Simone, for movies like The City of Lost Chil­dren and Nation­al Lam­poon’s Christ­mas Vaca­tion, and even for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. But of all his musi­cal work, no piece is more like­ly to begin play­ing in our minds at the men­tion of his name than the theme from Twin Peaks, the ABC series that both mys­ti­fied and enrap­tured audi­ences in the ear­ly nine­teen-nineties. Look­ing back, one would expect any­thing less from a prime-time show co-cre­at­ed by David Lynch. And though Twin Peaks’ ini­tial run would come to only three sea­sons, Lynch and Badala­men­ti’s col­lab­o­ra­tion would con­tin­ue for decades there­after.

It was with his work for Lynch, in fact, that Badala­men­ti first broke through as a film com­pos­er: 1986’s Blue Vel­vet may have estab­lished Lynch as Amer­i­ca’s fore­most pop­u­lar “art house” auteur, but it also intro­duced its view­ers the world over to the seduc­tive and unset­tling beau­ty of Badala­men­ti’s music.

That film’s song “Mys­ter­ies of Love” (with its Lynch-penned lyrics sung by Julee Cruise, who also died this year) comes ear­ly in the chrono­log­i­cal best-of-Badala­men­ti Youtube playlist embed­ded above. Span­ning the years 1986 through 2017, it also includes music from such motion pic­tures as Cousins, Holy Smoke!, The Beach, Cet amour-là, and The Edge of Love.

The bulk of the playlist’s selec­tions, how­ev­er, were com­posed for Lynch. You’ll hear music from Wild at Heart, The Straight Sto­ry, Mul­hol­land Dr. (a film fea­tur­ing a brief but mem­o­rable appear­ance by Badala­men­ti him­self), and of course, Twin Peaks — not just the orig­i­nal series and the 1992 movie Fire Walk with Me, but also the 2017 con­tin­u­a­tion Twin Peaks: The Return, for which Badala­men­ti returned as com­pos­er. In all these eras, his work sound­ed dis­tinc­tive, some­how tra­di­tion­al, uncon­ven­tion­al, earnest, and iron­ic all at once — a mix­ture that could hard­ly have been bet­ter suit­ed to the Lynchi­an sen­si­bil­i­ty. And so it is with a thor­ough­ly Lynchi­an salute, in the mid­dle of one of his dai­ly weath­er reports, that the man him­self sends Badala­men­ti off.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Ange­lo Badala­men­ti Reveals How He and David Lynch Com­posed the Twin Peaks‘ “Love Theme”

Get a First Lis­ten to David Lynch & Ange­lo Badalamenti’s Long-Lost Album, Thought Gang

Hear the Music of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks Played by the Dan­ish Nation­al Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra

Hear the Music of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks Played by the Exper­i­men­tal Band, Xiu Xiu: A Free Stream of Their New Album

David Lynch Cre­ates Dai­ly Weath­er Reports for Los Ange­les: How the Film­mak­er Pass­es Time in Quar­an­tine

Based in Seoul, Col­in Mar­shall writes and broad­casts on cities, lan­guage, and cul­ture. His projects include the Sub­stack newslet­ter Books on Cities, the book The State­less City: a Walk through 21st-Cen­tu­ry Los Ange­les and the video series The City in Cin­e­ma. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall or on Face­book.

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