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Twin Peaks Remixed

1990 was a good year: I had just been born, the Pistons won the NBA Finals, The Hubble Telescope was put into orbit, and a little show called Twin Peaks premiered on ABC to a rapt American audience.

Being the barely post-fetal sack of limbs that I was back then, there was no way I could have appreciated David Lynch’s surreal cult-classic in real time. But as an unemployed 20-something with a BA in Netflix, I no longer have any excuse.

So ever since I finished Twin Peaks, I have had a lot of downtime –no doubt due to the temporary blindness induced by my marathon viewing of the series – to consider what made it absolutely incredible. For one, Kyle MacLachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper.  But what really captivated me – as I’m sure it did its original audience – was the confluence of the visual and aural elements of the show (comparable, perhaps, only to the taste sensation when maple syrup collides with ham). I felt totally immersed in each scene’s idiosyncrasies, from the Tibetan folklore to the loungey jazz that announced certain characters.

The music nerd that I am, I conducted some extensive research on YouTube to gauge the ongoing cultural impact of the Twin Peaks soundtrack. What I found rocked my world. Check out all the different remixes and samples that have found their way into the cultural canon since that April evening in 1990.

The original:

MC Chris is in the running for nerdiest MC of all time. Only Hesh could rap about the entire plot of Twin Peaks in three-and-a- half minutes

Jazzercise and Twin Peaks have probably never been thought of in the same breath. Until now:

And listen for the sample of Laura Palmer’s Theme in Moby’s “Go”:

(Editor’s Note from Perry: We played the theme from Twin Peaks at my wedding. I don’t know what message that sent, but we’re still married, so that’s good…)