A quarter century ago, Twin Peaks had recently concluded its brief run as a cultural phenomenon, airing the last episode of its second and final season in June of 1991. The series, from co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, fused the American myth about small towns and apple pie with a dark murder mystery and even darker supernatural elements. In the years since its finale, Twin Peaks’ cult following has only grown as it finds new audiences among younger generations.
Also in 1991 — 25 years ago last week, in fact — Pearl Jam released its debut album, Ten. Led by frontman Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam was a key artist of the grunge era, combining loud guitars with flannel clothes for another cultural phenomenon that also burned out fairly quickly. Pearl Jam, like Twin Peaks, had a time at the center of the popular zeitgeist that was relatively short, but has nevertheless remained consistently popular with a passionate fan base in the years since. Now, these two cultural titans of early ‘90s Washington State — smalltown intrigue and Seattle grunge rock — are coming together at last.
As reported by The Playlist, Eddie Vedder will contribute a new, original solo song to the Twin Peaks revival series, which will make its debut on Showtime in 2017. Vedder, who was already announced as appearing in the show as an actor, debuted the new song, called “Out of Sand,” during a recent live gig. According to The Playlist, the song features Lynchian lines such as “offered the hand of a disembodied man” and “dead by dessert, victim or witness.”
Twin Peaks had a pretty clear and consistent musical palate, with composer Angelo Badalamenti scoring all of its music and very little pop music on the soundtrack. Though there was the exception of a couple of performances by singer Julee Cruise, and the famous “Under the Sycamore Tree” performance by “Little” Jimmy Scott on the series finale. The band Anthrax wrote a Twin Peaks-inspired song called “Black Lodge” in the mid-‘90s, on which Badalamenti had a co-songwriting credit; Badalamenti will be returning for the new season.
Counterintuitive as it may seem, Vedder’s song sounds like it has a chance to fit in well with Twin Peaks, and just adds to the list of reasons to be excited about the return, 25 years later, of this beloved cult show.
Twin Peaks will return for its revival season on Showtime in the spring of 2017.
Source: The Playlist