Fans of “Twin Peaks” received some good news Monday! TVLine reported a very key player from the original NBC series will be back for the Showtime reboot, which the premium cable network hopes will be ready to premiere by the end of 2016. No, we are not talking about a cast member. Those details continue to be kept largely under wraps, but composer Angelo Badalamenti is reportedly back and working on the score for the new episodes.
Badalamenti, a Brooklyn-born composer who provided the score for both original seasons of “Twin Peaks,” is largely responsible for the unique, surreal tone of the show. While creator David Lynch may have been the man behind the camera, Badalamenti’s music made Lynch’s vision come to life.
In many of the series’ classic scenes, Badalamenti’s soundtrack stole the show. Here are the top five music moments in “Twin Peaks” Seasons 1 and 2:
1. The Opening Credits
Talk about setting the tone! Before fans ever were introduced to Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachland), Leland Palmer (Ray Wise) or anyone else in the cult series, viewers were treated to a 3-minute opening-credits sequence featuring only a slideshow of serene, Pacific Northwest nature shots juxtaposed with action shots of the town’s lumber mill and set to Badalamenti’s haunting “Twin Peaks” theme. By the time the show began it was already clear to fans they were in for a beautiful, but offbeat, ride.
Watch the “Twin Peaks” opening credits below:
2. "Just You"
Leave it to Lynch to flesh out a high school love triangle in the middle of an impromptu recording session in a living room. Over the course of James (James Marshall), Donna (Lara Flyn Boyle) and Maddy's (Sheryl Lee) random rendition of this 1950s-sounding pop ballad (David Lynch penned the lyrics over Badalamenti's melody), James's feelings for Maddy start to reveal themselves to girlfriend Donna as the trio sings staring deeply into each others' eyes. The moment is equal parts touching, melodramatic, uncomfortably random, and, above all, vintage Lynch.
Watch "Just You" from "Twin Peaks" below:
3. Audrey's Dance
"Twin Peaks" was filled with fascinating female characters, but none more so than Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn). The spoiled teen was a fiery mix of naïveté and sex appeal -- her curiosity constantly getting her in over her head, but her seductive confidence always helped her get out again. Badalamenti's theme for the character perfectly captures her precocious personality and in the scene below, Audrey dances in a diner to the song after selecting it on the jukebox and telling Laura about her crush on Agent Cooper. Audrey must have taken dancing lesson from Lynch too, resulting in another odd and unforgettable scene.
Watch Audrey Horne dance to her theme in "Twin Peaks" below:
4. The Dream Sequence
Dale Cooper's dream sequence in episode 3 was the moment "Twin Peaks" became "Twin Peaks." The FBI agent's prophetic, sleep-induced trip to what viewers would later come to know as the Black Lodge proved just how "out there" the show was willing to go. When the Man from Another Place (Michael J. Anderson) gets up and dances at the end of Cooper's frenetic nightmare, the jazzy, upbeat soundtrack Badalamenti provides is all the more unsettling for how much it seems to be unaware of just how creepy a ride fans just took with Cooper.
Watch the dream sequence from episode 3 of "Twin Peaks" below:
5. Donna and James Kiss
In the "Twin Peaks" pilot, a grief stricken James and Donna, who have lost their respective girlfriend and best friend with Larua Palmer's murder, realize they have fallen in love with each other in Laura's absence. Their first kiss, punctuated by a rather absurd exchange between the two -- "I'm sorry," James says kissing Donna, before deciding, "I changed my mind. I'm not sorry" -- was set to Badalementi's gorgeous love theme. The track, which, like the main theme and Audrey's theme, would be used many more times throughout the series, evoked the show's dramatic, soap opera roots, while also reinforcing the distinct, dream-like atmosphere Lynch set out to achieve with "Twin Peaks."
Watch Badalamenti perform the "Love Theme" below: