In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, celebrities around the world have shared stories of their experiences with the monarch and, in some cases, given us insight into her personal life. While it was well known that the Queen loved her corgis and horses, little was known about the stoic private royal.
But according to an unearthed interview with composer Angelo Badalamenti, Her Royal Majesty was a passionate Pics jumeaux fan.
So much so, in fact, that she once turned down a private birthday performance by Paul McCartney of The Beatles in favor of watching the surreal cult classic.
“At the time when Pics jumeaux began to travel around the world, I flew to London in the Concorde, to work with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road. He said, ‘Let me tell you a story,'” the longtime David Lynch collaborator told NME in 2011. Badalamenti composed the music for both Pics jumeaux and its prequel film Fire walk with me; the latter’s soundtrack was later named NME’s best motion picture soundtrack to date.
“Shortly before we met, he had been asked to play for the Queen on her birthday. And when he met her, he started saying, ‘I’m honored to be here tonight, Your Majesty, and I’m gonna play some music for you. And the queen says, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t stay, it’s five to eight and I have to go and watch Pics jumeaux. »
We wouldn’t want to miss an episode either, Your Majesty.
Badalamenti Shares Question He Asks Directors To Compose Great Soundtracks
One of the most striking parts of the work of David Lynch, of Pics jumeaux at blue velvet, has always been the score. Using sound to create a bewildering environment into which reality can be bent, Badalamenti provides a strong backbone to Lynch’s surrealism.
And the key to making a good soundtrack, he says, is creating contrast.
“Like Julee Cruise, with her ethereal, angelic voice…to have her sing in a rough bar, like she does in Fire walks with me. I mean, there’s no way in hell that’s really happening. It’s the contrast that makes it work,” he said.
To achieve that contrast, Badalamenti shared the one question he asks directors before composing a soundtrack: what do you want your audience to feel?
“Do you want to scare them? Squirming in their seat? To feel beautiful? And how they answer that question gives me clues to work on,” he said. “I translate their words into music. »