S.O.U. Skeleton Crew Tribute To Angelo Badalamenti
S.O.U. Skeleton Crew
Way back in the band's history Son Of Ugly Performed a Twin Peaks Medley at their first Halloween special with an expanded 6 piece lineup, which consisted of 'Twin Peaks Main Title' theme, and 'Laura Palmers Theme'. As long-time fans of Badalamenti, it wasn't perhaps clear to the band just how much of an influence the composer had/has on their own
Way back in the band's history Son Of Ugly Performed a Twin Peaks Medley at their first Halloween special with an expanded 6 piece lineup, which consisted of 'Twin Peaks Main Title' theme, and 'Laura Palmers Theme'. As long-time fans of Badalamenti, it wasn't perhaps clear to the band just how much of an influence the composer had/has on their own work till audience members repeatedly mentioned spotting Twin Peaks nods within the band's own music.
Upon learning of the death of Angelo in 2022 Son Of Ugly mastermind Kyle Macleod found solace in revisiting those 2 themes from Twin Peaks, deciding on a whim to pay homage to him by attempting to record those pieces. As is often the case things got out of hand in the studio and what started off as an intended short tribute resulted in a fully orchestrated 9-minute Twin Peaks suite. Realising he was being somewhat naughty by embarking on a fully produced passion project (when he really should have been working on album number 2) and in a bid to not slow up the workflow- Kyle kept it a secret from the rest of the band hence why it was released under the S.O.U. Skeleton Crew umbrella (which was a similar case to 'Theodus Reprise' from the bands Derailed E.P.).
The songs chosen for this instrumental medley include 'Twin Peaks Main Title', 'Laura Palmers Theme', 'Audreys Dance', the descending clarinet motif from 'The Bookhouse Boys', Jimmy Scotts 'Sycamore Tree's', and Julie Cruise's ballad 'The World Spins'.
The arrangments contain rich Baritone Guitar, Gen X Stylophone synth noisescapes, Finger Snaps, Ebo Guitar, Tremelo Bass and a bunch of midi Timpani, Tam Tam Gongs, Tubular Bells, and a whole heap of Spring Reverb, amongst other exotic sounds. It was a real productional challenge to mix all these elements tastefully- especially trying to match the clarity of the original Bass sound from the main titles (which Kyle discovered was actually used from a twangy guitar sample pack to begin with).
The real shining surprise in this sonic adventure was just how emotional an Ebo'd guitar can sound on the likes of 'The World Spins' - where he recorded several Ebo parts using the tool in a similar fashion to a violin section, but made up of the swelling harmonic distortion you can achieve with an Ebo.
As educational as it was cathartic, this medley was a way of saying thanks to a man who provided years of beautiful, bittersweet, unsettlingly dark and heartbreaking music to the world, who coupled with the unbridled creative directorial worldview of David Lynch, changed the face of popular culture for those that were touched by it.
Rest In Peace Maestro. X