2016 : Not Just Religious Music
Format : 7″ Vinyl
I’d bet a paycheck that most of you reading this are fans, or at the very least, aware of David Lynch. For most of us, movies like Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart, not to mention the “how the fuck did this end up on network TV?” weirdness of the Twin Peaks series warped our formative years. It was like the misfits, weirdos and eccentrics finally had a voice. No longer did we have to ponder our worth, sitting alone at the lunch table. Not only had that table been turned, it was flipped over, fitted with sails and floating off into some nether dimension where we were the heroes. Equally important to these visual abnormalities was the soundtrack. Oft times they served as anesthesia, a respite from some horror taking place. Be it the Space Jazz Beatnik rhythms or the infinite beauty of Angelo Badalamenti’s reverb drenched guitar, those first two cords of the Twin Peaks theme forever etched into the crevices of my brain. And Badalamenti’s work was at it’s best when joined with that angelic intonation, that audial manna that is the voice of Julee Cruise.
“Animal” was written by TJ Cowgill (aka King Dude) specifically for Cruise, and it shows. An ode to her lost Rock & Roll love, the track seems tongue-in-cheek autobiographical, from “on tour for a couple years or more, is it four or maybe three?” to “a demon with a black guitar”. Subtle percussion and yes, reverb drenched gitfiddle, it’s a ‘luded out homage to a alternate dimension Shangri-Las. It’s sad. It’s funny. It’s wearing my needle out.
As the title might suggest, Side B is Cowgill’s cover of Cruise’s “Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart”. Originally a single from Julee’s 1989 debut album “Floating Into The Night”. Penned by Lynch with music by Badalamenti, it also appeared in the Twin Peaks episode where Laura Palmer’s killer is revealed. So yea, this track was dear to my heart, so I had some reservations. Minimal, with just a couple of guitars and Cowgill’s sulky baritone, oddly enough, it works. Is it as good as the original? Of course not, it’s not supposed to be, but good on ya, TJ. Good on ya.
Released on Cowgill’s own Not Just Religious Music label, the single comes in a plethora of vinyl colors: pink, blue, white and black. You probably don’t want to drag your feet, some of those will be gone soon, if they’re not already.