When you think of the term “David Lynch music”, you probably think about the soundtracks of David Lynch films. What you might not know is that the multi-talented David Lynch, who began as an art student, is also a professional musician. David Lynch has written singles and he’s put out his own CDs. The famous director of such oddball classics as Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, and Mulholland Drive hasn’t just produced blues-inspired rock and electronic albums, but Lynch has directed several music videos.
David Lynch Albums – David Lynch CDs
In short, David Lynch is no stranger to music. He wrote music for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Mulholland Drive, Rabbits, and Wild at Heart. He also co-released a 2001 rock album alongside John Neff (titled “BlueBob“). No joke–David Lynch plays guitar on the album “upside down and backwards”.
This was followed by David Lynch’s 2010 solo album, Crazy Clown Time. Crazy Clown Time is described as an electronic blues album. One track features Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In 2011, David Lynch released the 11-track album This Train. He also produced two electro pop songs back in 2010, called “I Know” and “Good Day Today”.
Lost Highway Rammstein Video
For those who enjoyed the mundane absurdity of David Lynch’s coffee obsession, I thought I’d point out a music video with scenes from Lost Highway in it. Not that this has anything to do with coffee, but for those who’ve watched all the David Lynch films and think there’s nothing new under the Sun with David Lynch, here’s something you might not have seen: a Rammstein video directed by David Lynch.
If you’re not familiar with Rammstein, they’re classified as an industrial band, but Rammstein is placed in the German Neue Deutsche Harte scene. Rammstein is also known for its controversial rock videos, including numerous cases of male and female nudity (“Man Against Man”, “Pussy”, “Mein Land”) and the infamous video where they poke fun of the Armin Meiwes cannibalism trial (“Mein Teil”).
This has landed Rammstein on the Index of the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (aka the “Bundesprufstelle für jugendgefahrdende Medien” or GPjm), a German government ministry which says their albums can’t be sold to German minors. As band member Paul H. Landers put it, “We like being on the fringes of bad taste”.
By comparison, David Lynch’s contribution to the “Rammstein” video (that’s the name of the song) seems kind of tame. Still, if you enjoyed Lost Highway, you’ll want to see the video. The song “Heirate Mich” also appeared on the Lost Highway soundtrack, which serves as an excellent peek into the industrial music scene in the mid-1990s.
David Lynch and Michael Jackson
David Lynch put together teaser video for the 1995 Michael Jackson “Dangerous” video. I’ve seen him listed as the director of this video, but so many versions of the Dangerous album and subsequent videos were put out that I can’t tell if Lynch only directed the commercial or one of the videos on the Dangerous album. I would appreciate anyone with the answer providing me with that.
David Lynch and Wicked Game
Chris Isaac’s Wicked Game appeared in the 1990 film “Wild at Heart” by David Lynch. Lynch even directed a Wicked Game music video, but it’s not the more famous video that had Chris Isaak and Helena Christensen rolling around on a beach in black-and-white (and little else). The Wicked Game single wasn’t much of a hit when it first came out in 1989, but when the song appeared on the Wild at Heart soundtrack, an Atlanta dj who liked David Lynch films started giving the song air play. Soon enough, Wicked Game was a runaway hit.
Shot in the Back of the Head – Moby Video
The video for Moby’s 2009 single, Shot in the Back of the Head, was directed by David lynch. In this case, the video involves crude drawings involving a love affair between a man and a woman’s head. That’s classic David Lynch. The video was released specifically on Pitchfork TV.