(Thursday, Jan 20 2011) The
songs David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti composed for Julee
Cruise in the late 1980s, many of them repurposed for and
rom the Twin Peaks saga, are some of the most distinctive
examples of what people would recognize as "Lynchian" music.
And they all stem from "Mysteries of Love," a song Lynch
and Badalamenti wrote for Blue Velvet.
the reason Lynch had to hastily become a lyricist, as
legend has it, was that he could not secure the rights
to the song he really wanted: This Mortal Coil's version
of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren." Lynch eventually
was able to afford "Song to the Siren" (for Lost Highway),
a quintessential track released by cult U.K. label 4AD.
it took a while longer to pair him with a crucial (some
would say the crucial) architect of 4AD's success: visual
designer Vaughan Oliver, the founder of groundbreaking
design studios 23 Envelope and v23. Oliver designed the
striking packaging for the many versions of the "Good
Day Today"/"I Know" single, including an elaborate sleeve
for the vinyl edition.
asked the legendary designer about how the collaboration
with the like-minded director had come about. "I was invited
by the label Sunday Best, with whom I'd had no previous
contact," Oliver says. "I guess they could see I would
empathize with Lynch's work. Empathize? I adore it and
have been inspired by it for 23 years since first seeing
Eraserhead. 'Do they cut them up like regular chickens?'?"
thinks Lynch's music shares many elements with his own
design sensibility: "Sense of ambiguity. Duality. Horror
and beauty on the same page, in the same image. Understatement."
And even for a revered designer used to working with some
of music's unique creative minds (Pixies, Cocteau Twins,
This Mortal Coil), the "Good Day Today"/"I Know" project
was one of a kind.
"Nothing compares to David Lynch," he enthuses. "And he
was gentlemanly enough to take a backseat in the process.
A real gentleman and inspiration."