Of course, David Lynch’s movies need no introduction. His work has seen a huge resurgence of interest lately–I’d say it hasn’t ever really gone out of style–and rightly so. A demon of cinematic atmosphere, he has established an aesthetic universe all his own.
Further, Lynch does it all. When he isn’t making movies, he may be photographing abandoned warehouses, painting scenes of his nightmares, designing minimalist furniture or plugging transcendental meditation. Yet, of all these extracurriculars, I think the prize has got to go to the music. Considering his soundtrack work with Julee Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti, it’s clear that the man has got an ear.
This year he’s released an album, The Big Dream, but much lesser known is his bang up debut, Blue Bob, recorded in 1998 with frequent partner in crime, sound designer John Neff. Strangely, it’s remained somewhat under the radar.
In his own words, “Blue Bob is a music idea based on the pounding machinery of the smokestack industry and the raw amplified birth of rock and roll. The music is inspired by machines, fire, smoke and electricity. By submerging itself in the ever reverberating golden past, Blue Bob is trying to poke forward.”
This might hit close to home for some of us: the tragi-comic “Thank You Judge”