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 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.
What do you make of the new Twin Peaks: The Return?