Composed by genius Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, the score of the original Twin Peaks was one of the show's most defining features. Music was played almost constantly throughout the original series, and although it seems to be reserved for special moments in the new limited series, Twin Peaks: The Return, it's still very much an ever-present force.
The idea of the characters interacting with the soundtrack is not a new one in #TwinPeaks, but the limited series has refreshed the idea by ending each episode with a performance by a different band at the roadhouse. The songs featured so far have been brilliant, and there's no doubt you'll want to listen to them over and over again. So if you're stuck wondering what the songs played at the end of the new Twin Peaks episodes were, take a look below:
Note: This list will be updated to include new songs as the series progresses, so be sure to return to this article after each new episode.
Episode 15 — ZZ Top, 'Sharp Dressed Man' & The Veils, 'AXOLOTL'
Our first trip to the roadhouse in Episode 15 came around the halfway mark of the episode when long-haired rock band, ZZ Top took to the stage to play their 1983 hit, "Sharp Dressed Man." The members of ZZ Top and director David Lynch have been friends for many years. The director names the band as one of his all-time favorites, and naturally "Sharp Dressed Man" is his favorite ZZ Top song.
Unfortunately while ZZ Top played, James and Freddie got into a fight with some locals on the floor of the bar, with Freddie's supercharged fist ensuring Chuck wouldn't be bothering anyone any more. However the scuffle seemed long forgotten when we revisited the bar later in the episode for our second live performance from The Veils.
After a particularly explosive and baffling scene involving Audrey and Charlie, we returned to the Bang Bang Bar for the second time in Episode 15. The episode's final moments had us watch as two leather-clad bullies extracted a woman, named Rubyn from a booth. Ruby then crawled along the floor screaming as this week's musical guest, The Veils played their song "Axolotl."
Lynch has been a fan of The Veils for some time, and frontman Finn Andrews even revealed back in 2016 that the song "In the Nightfall" was recorded at Lynch's house. Both "In the Nightfall" and "AXOLOTL" were released on The Veil's 2016 album Total Depravity, the group's fifth album. While this was the first time The Veil's music has appeared in Twin Peaks, their tunes have also popped up in films including Il Divo, Frankenweenie (!!), The Devil's Double and Mr Brooks.
Episode 14 — Lissie, 'Wild, Wild, West'
We had mention of a musical act at the roadhouse before we got there in Episode 14, when Freddie Sykes asked James "Jimmy" Hurley who was playing that evening. Although James didn't know, soon enough we found out it was singer-songwriter, Lissie.
Performing the track "Wild West" (credited in Episode 14 as "Wild, Wild, West") from her 2016 album, My Wild West, Lissie tore up the stage at the roadhouse, performing one of the more upbeat songs we've heard so far in Twin Peaks: The Return. The song was fitting of an episode where the audiences was finally able to start seeing how things were connected, while also managing to totally baffle us with the strange happenings (Sarah Palmer, what the what?!).
Lissie has making music since 2006 with her collaboration with DJ Harry, "All My Life," being featured on TV shows including House, The OC and Veronica Mars. She released her debut EP, Why You Runnin, in 2009 and shortly after found herself a fan in David Lynch. In 2010 Lynch shared his enthusiasm for her music on Twitter, and seven years later she's become a part of Twin Peaks: The Return.
Episode 13 — James Marshall, 'Just You'
Well, Episode 13 may have finished on a very unsettling scene of Big Ed eating what looked to be corn chowder (Garmonbozia heyyyy), but just before that we also had our regularly scheduled roadhouse performance, featuring a familiar face and song.
While haven't seen all that much of James Hurley in Twin Peaks: The Return, in Episode 13 he appeared on stage to sing the classic, "Just You." Written by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti for the original series, the song was last sung in the show by James, Laura and Maddy. While the latest rendition of "Just You" — this time accompanied by actors/backup singers Kelsey Bohlen and Rachael Bower — was a surprise (especially given the calibre of musicians to perform at the roadhouse is previous weeks), watching Twin Peaks' most earnest performer sing on stage was definitely a fun moment.
Episode 12 — Chromatics, 'Saturday'
After an episode away from the Bang Bang Bar last week, we returned to some not-so-subtle Heineken product placement and two friends discussing their friend's relationship in Episode 12. As the two girls were joined by their on-edge friend, Trick and the episode came to an end the group were played out by Chromatics, who returned for their second episode of the season.
Chromatics first appeared on stage at the end of the very first episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, when they played their song "Shadow." This time they were back with the tune "Saturday." The song itself is actually from the band Desire (which also includes two Chromatic members — Johnny Jewel and Nat Walker), but Chromatics performed a cover for Episode 12 of Twin Peaks, and given its haunting melody we're glad they did.
Episode 11 — Angelo Badalamenti, 'Heartbreaking'
We didn't exactly head inside the roadhouse at the end of Episode 11, but we certainly still finished the episode listening to a beautiful tune by the musical master of Twin Peaks himself, Angelo Badalamenti.
Any fan of Twin Peaks — or of David Lynch in general — will be familiar with Badalamenti's work, having scored the entire original Twin Peaks series and many of Lynch's other films. The song from Episode 11 is titled "Heartbreaking," and was written and performed by Badalamenti — though the actor in the scene is not Badalamenti.
Speaking to radio station KEXP, Twin Peaks music director, Dean Hurley, revealed that Badalamenti composed the song after the restaurant scene had been shot. According to Hurley, Lynch rang Badalamenti and requested three songs for the scene, including one that was "slow and sad and heartbreaking." Then, without having watched the scene in question, Badalamenti composed three songs that fit perfectly, leaving Hurley shocked by the synchronicity of Lynch and Badalamenti's brilliant working partnership.
Episode 10 — Rebekah Del Rio (ft. Moby), 'No Stars'
After hearing Margaret Lanterman's message for Hawk we were whisked away to the roadhouse for Episode 10's musical performance, this time performed by Rebekah Del Rio, who was accompanied by Moby on guitar.
Del Rio appearing in Twin Peaks should really come as no surprise given her long history collaborating with Lynch, having also appeared in the film Mulholland Drive and performing at his 2016 Festival of Disruption. In fact "No Stars," the song that Del Rio sang in Episode 10, was co-written by David Lynch!
Meanwhile Moby also has Lynch to thank for some of his early success. The musician sampled "Laura Palmer's Theme" on his 1990 song "Go," which then became his first international hit. In fact the title of the most well-known version of the song — "Woodtick Mix" — is a reference to the moment in Season 1, Episode 7 when Dale Cooper rolled up his bulletproof vest in order to find a wood tick (which resulted in him being injured when Josie Packard shot him three times).
Episode 9 — Au Revoir Simone, 'A Violent Yet Flammable World'
We scratched our way through the final rash-y moments of Twin Peaks Episode 9, and when we finally got there we were rewarded with the melodic sounds of Au Revoir Simone, the same band that played us out of Episode 4!
This time the band played their song "A Violent Yet Flammable World," which also comes from their 2007 album, The Bird Of Music much like their Episode 4 song, "Lark."
Episode 8 — Nine Inch Nails, 'She's Gone Away'
Episode 8 of Twin Peaks: The Return saw us head to the roadhouse much earlier than usual for our band cameo, and this time we got to rock out with Nine Inch Nails as they sang "She's Gone Away" from their 2016 EP, Not the Actual Events. In addition to long-time Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the scene also included touring members Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini, as well as Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo and Reznor's wife, musician Mariqueen Maandig.
Interestingly the band actually got a formal introduction at the Roadhouse, something I don't believe we've seen for the other bands who have played in past episodes. Perhaps this is due to Lynch's long-standing friendship with Reznor and Ross. Reznor scored Lynch's 1997 film, Lost Highway, and the two will both star in upcoming Jennifer Lynch film A Fall from Grace. Meanwhile Lynch directed the NiN music video for "Came Back Haunted," and all three as appeared together in short film The Black Ghiandola.
While the Nine Inch Nails cameo came around the 12-minute mark of the episode, we did hear a song toward the end, with The Platters' 1956 cover of the 1939 song "My Prayer." Interestingly, a musician also named David Lynch was a member of The Platters, perhaps a contributing factor for Lynch's inclusion of the song?
Episode 7 — Santo & Johnny, 'Sleep Walk'
While up until now we've always heard the closing song at the Bang Bang Bar, Episode 7 ended the episode in the Double R Diner (though earlier we did hear "Green Onions" by Booker T. & The M.G.'s play at the empty bar). The final scene opened on the busy diner, when someone opened the front door and asked the patrons if any of them had seen a person named "Billy," before running off again. Meanwhile, in the background Santo & Johnny's famous instrumental song, "Sleep Walk" played on the juke box.
Being both played on the juke box and being an instrumental, "Sleep Walk" was the first deviation from the previous six episodes. However, the song did seem extremely fitting, and as Kelly McClure of Consequence of Sound wrote, it almost seemed to convey the message, "enjoy this dreamy moment while it lasts..." As for the song itself, "Sleep Walk" was a 1959 release by brothers Santo and Johnny Farina, and was the last instrumental song to hit number one position in the 1950s. The tune has been used in many different movies and TV series before, including Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Mermaids and Legend. The song heavily features the steel guitar, and the pair were inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame back in 2002.
Episode 6 — Sharon Van Etten, 'Tarifa'
For Episode 6 we returned to seeing our musical performance at the very end of the episode and watched as the crowd at the roadhouse slowly swayed back and forth to Sharon Van Etten's song, 'Tarifa.'
New Jersey musician, Sharon Van Etten released her first studio album in 2009, after years of self-releasing handmade CDs. 'Tarifa,' the song featured in Twin Peaks, is from her 2014 album Are We There. Recently Van Etten wrote "Not Myself" in support of the victims of the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida. All the proceeds from sale of "Not Myself" go to the Everytown for Gun Safety support fund, which seeks to end gun violence and build safer communities.
Episode 5 — Trouble, 'Snake Eyes'
In Episode 5 of Twin Peaks we visited the Bang Bang Bar a bit earlier than expected. As the band Trouble (feat. Alex Zhang Hungtai) played their tune "Snake Eyes," we got our first introduction to the sociopathic Richard Horne (Eamon Farren), and the tone of the song fit perfectly with the crazy Frank Booth vibes he was giving off.
The band Trouble is comprised of Dean Hurley (David Lynch's music supervisor) and Riley Lynch, who is David Lynch's son, born in 1992. The band teamed up with the talented sax player Alex Zhang Hungtai expressly for the show, creating music in a genre they're calling "noir R&B." Looks like musical talent runs in the Lynch family, and if you listen to David Lynch's own music you can already hear a similarity in sound — although Riley's definitely got a touch more funk in his tunes.
Episode 4 — Au Revoir Simone, 'Lark'
The music playing us out of Episode 4 was markedly more upbeat than in the previous installments, perhaps an indication of the series ramping things up, given that Gordon and Albert have admitted they're dealing with a blue rose case (a.k.a. a case with a supernatural element).
The band at the end of Episode 4 was Au Revoir Simone, a group who describe themselves as a keyboard band from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The song featured in Episode 4 was "Lark," a 2007 release from their album The Bird Of Music. Au Revoir Simone have been included in many other soundtracks before including Grey's Anatomy, From Prada to Nada, Vampire Academy and Japanese film Kimi no Tomodachi (Your Friends).
Episode 3 — The Cactus Blossoms, 'Mississippi'
Closing out the third episode of this new revival, the music took us to a very different place in time. The gentle country folk song playing us out left us to ponder what the heck we just watched unfold, though perhaps it was also featured due to lyrics that felt like a sure nod to Laura Palmer:
"My angel sings down to me. She's somewhere on the shore waiting for me. With her wet hair and sandy gown. Singing songs waves of sound"
The band appearing in Episode 3 was The Cactus Blossoms, a Minneapolis-based group fronted by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum. The song featured was "Mississippi", from their 2016 album You're Dreaming. The Cactus Blossoms are currently touring over the United States and Europe.
Episode 1 & 2 — Chromatics, 'Shadow'
The band playing in the roadhouse at the conclusion of Episode 2 was the perfect end to the triumphant return of Twin Peaks, with the lyrics and eerie music a compliment to the style of the entire series.
The band featured in the episode was Chromatics, an electronic band from Portland, Oregon, and the song played was "Shadow." The band have featured in several other high profile series, including Mr Robot, Bates Motel and Gossip Girl, as well as the film Drive.
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