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.
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…)