Goregirl’s Favourite Composers of the 1990s: ANGELO BADALAMENTI

“My (musical) world is a little bit dark… a little bit off-center. I think of it as tragically beautiful. That is how I would describe what I love best: tragically beautiful.” Quote taken from Wikipedia’s Angelo Badalamenti page.

Angelo Badalamenti’s first film score credit was Gordon’s War (1973) under the pseudonym Andy Badale. His first Angelo Badalamenti credit was for David Lynch’s 1986 film Blue Velvet; he would go on to compose several more scores for Mr. Lynch. He composed for a handful of other 80s films including A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Tough Guys Don’t Dance (1987), Weeds (1987). Cousins (1989), Wait Until Spring Bandini (1989) and Christmas Vacation (1989). Badalamenti really hit his stride in the 90s however with this impressive list from the decade’s television and film:

1990 Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (TV movie)
1990 Wild at Heart
1990 The Comfort of Strangers
1990-1991 Twin Peaks (TV series)
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
1992 On the Air (TV mini-series)
1992 Cerimònia d’inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona ’92 (TV movie)
1993 Naked in New York
1993 Hotel Room (TV mini-series)
1994 Witch Hunt (TV movie)
1995 Les enfants de la cité perdue (video documentary short)
1995 The City of Lost Children
1996 Profiler (TV series)
1997 Lost Highway
1997 The Blood Oranges
1997 Cracker (TV series)
1999 Mulholland Dr. (TV movie)
1999 Arlington Road
1999 The Straight Story
1999 Holy Smoke
1999 Forever Mine
1999 Story of a Bad Boy

I am madly in love with Angelo Badalamenti’s collaborations with David Lynch. I have posted several tracks featuring Badalamenti’s Lynch work on my YouTube channel. I was obsessed with Twin Peaks and its wonderfully eccentric characters. I can’t imagine better accompaniment than Badalamenti’s beautiful haunting score. Badalamenti so perfectly captures the menace, the mayhem, the quirkiness, the sadness, the seduction and the richness of Lynch’s stories. Here are a couple of the Twin Peaks tracks I’ve posted on YouTube…

A good score is so important to the feel of a film. When the composer shares a singular vision with the film maker it is magic. Badalamenti’s Lynch work is extra special music to my ears, but those are not the only outstanding scores he has created. Particularly solid was his work for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2004 film A Very Long Engagement and Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 1995 film The City of Lost Children. I have actually not seen A Very Long Engagement, but it is in my queue to watch after 90s month. I have however heard the soundtrack and look forward to experiencing Badalamenti’s lovely music and Jeunet’s images come together. Here is a YouTube track I posted with music and images from The City of Lost Children

Badalamenti was a busy man right through the 2000s scoring films like The Beach, Mulholland Dr., Auto Focus, Cabin Fever and Before the War to name just a few. Angelo Badalamenti is currently scoring two films listed as being in post-production Stalingrad and The Wait. I am going to leave you with one more piece of Badalamenti; Music and images from David Lynch’s Brilliant 1990 film Wild At Heart. Dark Spanish Symphony composed by Angelo Badalamenti…

8 Responses to “Goregirl’s Favourite Composers of the 1990s: ANGELO BADALAMENTI”

  1. I don’t have a particular favourite score but I like some his work. Sometimes I’ll have a soundtrack playing while I write.

    If you love Twin Peaks you should try out Deadly Premonition. The gameplay is awful but the game apes the style of Twin Peaks wonderfully. I saw A Very Long Engagement twice at the cinema. It was that good.

    • Yeah…I want to play Deadly Premonition! Unfortunately my TV crapped out a while back and I haven’t been using my xbox. I guess there is a way to hook it up to my computer but I haven’t bothered. A friend offered to pay me what I paid for it and I might take them up on the offer. Of course they want me to throw in the three games I have and the extra controller. It still seems like a fair deal though. I could use the cash for my Vegas trip in May.

  2. conradw58 Says:

    Nice selection of music! The Lynch/Badalamenti collaborations remind me of Leone/Morricone. I like Badalamenti,too. I’ve aways been fond of his score for the great Mulholland Drive,another outstanding 1990’s film. I’ve yet to see a David Lynch movie I didn’t love!

    • The mixing of Lynch and Badalamenti is one wonderfully wicked brew! I have one piece from Mulholland Drive on YouTube and strangely it is not a Badalamenti track. I have the soundtrack…I should definitely post another track! You can’t beat Leone/Morricone…I would have to put them above Lynch/Badalamenti…epic!

  3. Oh right, I forgot: another reason to watch A Very Long Engagement!

  4. MorriconeGeek Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRF78AGvIoQ I love this tune from “City Of Lost Children”. Stupendous. Follow Mr Badalamenti on Twitter @DamnGoodPie (:-))

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