IT IS HAPPENING
One of my favorite directors, David Lynch...
Image courtesy of du-har @ deviantart.com
...has mastered the use of innocent love songs to create a sense of uneasiness
as you watch his twisted tales of mystery and horror. As Lynch's characters
sing their songs, you can't shake the feeling that something bad is about
to happen. This subject came up recently when my friend Cathy and
I were discussing a song that I posted - "Triangle" by Janie Grant.
We agreed that Janie's teen-pop ditty would work well in a Lynch
project. In addition to building suspense and apprehension,
pop songs are used as a counterpoint or contrapuntal
device, meaning that the lyrics and mood of the
music deliberately contradict the images
appearing on the screen.
Meet "The Lynch Mob..."
...some of my favorite characters from David Lynch movies and TV series.
They will introduce a few songs that were actually used by Lynch in his
productions, along with a few other songs that are well suited for
the quirky director's darkside stories.
I'm FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks.
Here's the type of sweet, innocent, tender love song that is used by David Lynch
to lull you into a false sense of security before he lowers the boom. Watch the
following video. At some point in the song, an uneasy feeling will creep in
and creep you out. If this were a scene from a scary movie, you would
know that something terrible is about to happen, but you wouldn't
know exactly what or when. The tension leading up to the actual
terror on the screen can become unbearable, and deliciously so.
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Imagine the lovely Paris Sisters, Priscilla, Albeth and Sherrell,
setting you up for the chainsaw massacre as they sweetly sing
their cover of Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" on Bandstand.
"Dream Lover" - The Paris Sisters
(June/July 1964, highest chart pos. #91 Hot 100/#94 Cash Box,
performance on June 27, 1964, ep. of American Bandstand)
I'll have what they're havin'! Did you effen see that?
I'm Frank "Effen" Booth from the effen David Lynch film Blue Velvet,
and you just watched the effen Paris Sisters performing baby wants an
effen "Dream Lover" on a 1964 episode of American Bandstand.
The sibling trio's biggest hit is another song that's effen Lynch perfect, and the
demented director used it in his 2017 Twin Peaks revival series. Imagine an
effen ax murder taking place as you listen to-- "I Love How You Love Me."
"I Love How You Love Me" - The Paris Sisters
(Oct./Nov. 1961, highest chart pos. #5 Hot 100/#7 Cash Box)
I'm Audrey Horne...
bad girl breaking badder
on Twin Peaks. That hit
single by The Paris Sisters,
"I Love How You Love Me,"
was produced by Phil Spector
...and so was this next one.
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You'll swear you're watching a
deleted scene from a David Lynch
thriller as you experience the sibs
in the British film It's Trad, Dad!
released in the U.S. as Ring-A-
Ding Rhythm! The Paris Sisters
ask the musical question--
"What Am I To Do"?
"What Am I To Do" - The Paris Sisters
(B side of "Let Me Be The One," scene from
Mar. 1962 film It's Trad, Dad! aka Ring-A-Ding Rhythm!)
I'm an aspiring young actress named
Betty Elms... or is it Diane Selwyn?
I'm confused and I know you are too.
Twenty years ago, David Lynch gave
my clone, actress Naomi Watts, her big
break and brought mind bending mystery to
theaters in Mulholland Drive. In this scene
from the film, Lynch makes effective use of
Linda Scott's hit "I've Told Every Little Star."
"I've Told Every Little Star" - Linda Scott
(Apr./May 1961, highest chart pos. #3 Hot 100/#6 Cash Box,
scene from Oct. 2001 film Mulholland Drive)
I'm Bob, the shapeshifting demon on Twin Peaks.
The pop/jazz standard "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" was first recorded
in 1931 by Ricky Nelson's dad Ozzie Nelson. A version by The Mamas
And The Papas with Cass Elliot on lead vocals was released as a
single in 1968 and brushed the top 10.
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LA-based YouTube star Anne Reburn took the dreamy ballad,
made it her own and performed it in a video that looks
like it was produced by David Lynch himself!
"Dream A Little Dream Of Me"
cover by Anne Reburn (Sept. 2019)
Hey there, we're Lula and Sailor from Wild At Heart.
Here's another sweet and innocent hit by another sister act, also from LA.
They're Patience & Prudence (McIntyre). Like the other songs in this feature,
the one this sister duo made famous practically begs to be used as a suspense
builder or counterpoint song. Turns out it was featured in four episodes of
American Horror Story season 1 - Murder House and also in the psycho
thriller TV series You. Imagine Rubber Man impaling an unsuspecting
victim as Patience & Prudence sing-- "Tonight You Belong To Me."
"Tonight You Belong To Me" - Patience And Prudence
(Sept./Oct. 1956, highest chart pos. #3 Cash Box/#4 Hot 100)
I'm back, you effen effer!
Thought you were effen rid of me? Effen think again!
In 1963, effen rock & roll legend Roy Orbison scored a top 10 hit with the
song "In Dreams." In 1986, David Lynch used a re-recorded version of
Orbison's operatic ballad of lost love in his neo-noir mystery thriller
film Blue Velvet, starring yours bluntly, Frank effen Booth!
"In Dreams" - Roy Orbison
(1986 re-recorded ver., scenes from Aug. 1986 film Blue Velvet)
I'm The Log Lady. My log does not judge. That's your job.
My inquiring log wants to know. Did you find "Sixteen Reasons" to like these
sweet but oh-so-creepy pop hits? The Lynch Mob has logged a lot of time here
at Shady's Place. As we bid you farewell... remember that the answer is within
the question, and if you shut your eyes you'll burst into flames. Sweet dreams!
"Sixteen Reasons" - Connie Stevens
(scene from Oct. 2001 film Mulholland Drive)