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Soundtrack Saturday • Lost Highway

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The soundtrack for the 1997 David Lynch film Lost Highway is an auditory rollercoaster of the strange and unusual. It does the job of oddly, and yet perfectly, blending the actual score from the film with songs from some of the most talented music artists of the ‘90’s; or better yet, I should say only six of the most talented artists from the decade of greatness. Considering that the soundtrack consists of twenty-three tracks, our six artists only comprise ten of those twenty-three tracks, as some contribute more than one song.

Lost Highway is an auditory rollercoaster of the strange and unusual.

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Who are our architects that helped build this positively unique rollercoaster? Well surprise, surprise!! There are the glorious six: Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Lou Reed, Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie, and Rammstein (remember those kooky fucking Germans…..I love kooky Germans!); however you also have the film’s three composers: Angelo Badalamenti, Barry Adamson, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, who scored the original music for this fantastically weird film, which is also incorporated in the soundtrack as well. It makes this rollercoaster ride more than the usual auditory fare, in that it has managed to combine a motion picture soundtrack album with that of an original score. When was the last time that ever happened, as far as soundtracks, or, original film scores go?

Now your mind is trapped in this entirely unprepared scramble that the ride has placed you in…

Just like any good thrill ride, we pull out of the station nice, slow and ominous with the David Bowie track “I’m Deranged”. It creeps you along to your nerve-wracking start point. You know the place. When you hear the slow Sssssssssssss and come to an eerie stop, then whoooosh you take off like a bat out of Hell with the Nine Inch Nails track “The Perfect Drug”. Now your mind is trapped in this entirely unprepared scramble that the ride has placed you in, much like the film accomplishes visually. After the first drop, you are allowed a few brief moments to recover with two tracks of score from the film; both by Angelo Badalamenti titled “Red Bats with Teeth” and “Haunting & Heartbreaking”. Both tracks live up to their name as it continues to take you on this sexy mind-fuck of a soundtrack, propelling you along the course to the otherworldly “Eye” by the Smashing Pumpkins. Hold on to your restraints, because that is just the beginning of weird. You don’t feel grounded to the Earth as you listen, as any music worth its salt, should do. Ah, but right when you think your body may fall out of this ride, here comes Angelo Badalamenti again with another score track, “Dub Driving”, followed by ”Mr. Eddy’s Theme 1” by Barry Adamson, to bring you back closer to ground level and that ever so lost of a highway, so that you don’t dare travel too far away in your mind as you listen on.

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You’re not expecting to hear this song on a soundtrack as eccentric as Lost Highway; however, it is vastly refreshing.

This ride of a soundtrack suddenly shifts, contorts, and shapes itself into a different, more aggressive, and even stranger tale then you thought to have experienced in the first half. The aforementioned shift begins with Lou Reed’s “This Magic Moment”. You’re not expecting to hear this song on a soundtrack as eccentric as Lost Highway; however, it is vastly refreshing. After all, how many can be surprised by what one hears, in light of all the shit that is called music these days? Keeping that in mind, it is time for you, disciples of kilScene, to now go out and seek this album. What? Feel cheated? Want me to carry on with the ride? Well I shant! The best part is discovering how the rest of the ride carries out for you, as I did when it chose to cross my path. You will not be sorry. Your mind will be further challenged and enriched with each and every listen of this soundtrack. Feel free to pick up the soundtrack right here.

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