In the dream logic of Lynch’s Muholland Drive, the club (Silencio) lies at the centre of a fracture between worlds. Much like it did in Twin Peaks. Much like it did in Blue Velvet. For in these venues the torch song is the portal through which Lynch’s likeable, inquisitive leads find a moment of calm among the surreal maelstrom that pulsates through Lynch’s Mysteries. And it’s in this calm that they gain a horrifying insight into their world, as if a smiling plastic veneer is gently pealed back revealing a dark mess of evil. Much like a 20JFG post.
The incantation used in Mulholland Drive is Roy Orbison’s Crying. Acapella. In Spanish. Sung by Rebekah Del Rio both on the soundtrack and on film.
Mulholland Drive probably represents the last of Lynch’s plucky detective stories, beginning with Blue Velvet and continuing on through Twin Peaks. The dreamlike wish-fulfilment that always underpinned the earlier stories is at its most exposed in Mulholland Drive. The fantasy at its most fragile. Fittingly then, the rawest, most heartbreaking portal is unaccompanied. “No hay banda.”
This is taken from one of the greatest soundtracks of the new millennium which is still readily available on CD. Just don’t look at the prices for the 2008 vinyl issue.