Thursday, June 15, 2006

Lost Hanway



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


The soundtrack to David Lynch's 1997 freak-out Lost Highway. Bowie, Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, and a bunch of dark, jazzy incidental music from a guy named Angelo Badalamenti. A good CD to blast on those lonely nocturnal jaunts that sometimes stretch across several states. Not a good CD to play when you have to drive Grandma to the dentist.


- The creepy part at the end of "I'm Deranged" begins at the same moment the large explosion rocks the Tantive IV.

- The strange, spacy noises in "Videodrones; Questions" begin as C-3PO and the Rebel soldiers look up to the ceiling on the Tantive IV; the noises intensify as the film cuts to the Star Destroyer slowly capturing the Rebel ship.

- A lone saxophone begins skronking in "Red Bats with Teeth" at the same moment the film cuts to R2-D2 rolling through the canyon alone.

- "Haunting and Heartbreaking" plays during the sequence where the Jawas capture R2-D2, and the music seems to suit the mood of the scene.

- Distant mechanical noises in "Haunting and Heartbreaking" are heard as the tube comes down from the sandcrawler to suck up R2-D2.

- A scream is heard in "Haunting and Heartbreaking" as the Jawa walks up to R2 and applies the restraining bolt.

- The rough noises at the end of "Eye" start when the Jawa shuts R2-D2 down after the robot auction.

- Obi-Wan's first appearance coincides with a dissonant chord sound in "Mr. Eddy's Theme 2."

- Lightsaber-esque noises are heard in "Fred and Renee Make Love" as Luke swings the lightsaber around in Obi-Wan's home.

- The camera is on Obi-Wan numerous times when the phrase "I'm dying" is heard in "Apple of Sodom" (Obi-Wan dies later in the film).

- "Something Wicked This Way Comes" starts as Darth Vader enters Princess Leia's Death Star cell.

- The line "I can't stand the things that you do" in "I Put a Spell on You" is heard as Ponda Baba shoves Luke inside the cantina.

- The evil laughter in "Rammstein" is heard as the stormtroopers enter Docking Bay 94 and begin firing on the Millennium Falcon.


Now you have a fun activity you can try at your next party or mixer, Lynch freaks of the world! You know, aside from arguing about what David was trying to say with Rabbits.

Many of Angelo Badalamenti's pieces on this soundtrack reminded me of silent film music, and that made me wonder if Star Wars would work as a silent. Probably, but I have a hard time imagining what it would be like to see it for the first time without all those stellar sound effects. That would certainly be a major loss. Mad props to Ben Burtt, the sound engineer (nay, scientist) who created it all.

The Burttman works at Pixar now. Jumped the Lucasfilm ship last year. Rumor has it he wasn't down with a lot of the creative decisions George was making. Don't know how true that is or isn't, but a lot of fans think the gossip is legit based on Ben's handful of dissatisfied and distressed looks in the Phantom Menace documentary made during that film's production. I haven't seen it in a while, so I can't really comment on it. The only thing that stuck with me after watching that doc was how awful Jake Lloyd sucked in audition compared to all the other kids trying out. That kid was a Yugo in a lot of Cadillacs.

I'll have to watch that one again soon to see if I notice what these chickens are clucking about. All I can say right now is that if Ben Burtt really did split from Lucasfilm because he was frustrated or upset, I really hope he talks about it one day. I realize the confidentiality agreement Lucasfilm employees sign most likely restricts them from mentioning 95% of what goes on there to the outside world for the remainder of their lives, but that's just paper, baby. We all know some funky shit has been going on, and GL can't live forever.

Beans will be spilled one day, my friends. Oh yes, beans will be spilled.


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