5 Things You Might Not Know About Angelo Badalamenti
Given how profoundly Twin Peaks fever is in the air at the moment, the name âAngelo Badalamentiâ should be one that rings a bell, what with him having written the music for the original series and the subsequent movie as well as some material for the new season of the series, too, but beyond his work with David Lynch, how much do you really know about this man?
Well, if you keep reading, then youâll soon know at least five more things..
- He wrote the processional march for his high school graduation.
In the oral history It Happened in Brooklyn, by Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer, Badalamenti recalled how he came up with the idea, asked if he could write it, and was told, âAbsolutely, Angelo. Go for it. Do it.â âI developed three themes,â said Badalamenti. âA friend of my brotherâs orchestrated it. And they used it. âProcessional March composed by Angelo Badalamentiâ â thatâs how it was listed on the graduation program. Thatâs what comes back when I think of high school: the creative environment, the quality of the teachers, the way they encouraged us: âAbsolutely, Angelo. Go for it.ââ
- In 1964, he became a very small part of Beatlemania when he arranged, conducted, and co-wrote a Christmas novelty single called â wait for it ââSanta Bring Me Ringo.â
The song was performed by Christine Hunter, who â based on Discogs.com â never did anything else before or after that one single, but hey, the song itself is a fun little ditty.
- In 1966 and 1967, he co-wrote songs with the electronic duo Perrey and Kingsley.
If you look at the songwriting credits of the 1966 song âVisa to the Starsâ and the 1967 song âPioneers of the Stars,â youâll see someone named Andy Badale. Thatâs Badalamenti. In addition to his work with the duo, he also arranged and produced two solo albums for Perrey, also using the Badale moniker.
- He wrote the score for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
After composing the score for Blue Velvet but before he became a household name (at least in houses where David Lynch fans live), Badalamenti took a stab â pun intended â at doing the music for Freddy Kruegerâs third cinematic outing. The British soundtrack site Movie Music UK gave the soundtrack a spin earlier this year, and while they didnât entirely dismiss Badalamentiâs efforts, they didnât hesitate to acknowledge that it definitely doesnât sound like the work of the man who would go on to deliver the soundtrack to Twin Peaks. That said, however, writer Jonathan Broxton admitted that âBadalamenti still was able to create some unusual textures and sounds, giving the score an eerie, otherworldly feeling that matches the dream world that Freddy Krueger inhabits.â
- He once worked with David Bowieâ¦and no, smart-aleck, weâre not talking about on Fire Walk With Me.
In a 2014 interview with East Village Radio, one which was heavily detailed by the great Twin Peaks fansite Welcome to Twin Peaks, Badalamenti detailed how he came to record a cover of George Gershwinâs âA Foggy Day (In London Town)â in 1998 with Bowieâ¦and not with Bono.
Thereâs no point in us summarizing it when Badalamentiâs own version of the tale is better, so here goes:
"Iâm in the Edison Recording Studio on 46th Street, where I was recording my album [BOOTH AND THE BAD ANGEL] that I co-wrote with Tim Booth of the group James. And Iâm recording the orchestra there with Tim and the phone rings. The engineer says, âAngelo, thereâs a phone call for you.â"
"Who is it?"
"Itâs David Bowie."
"David said, âAngelo, I just heard this track. It is fantastic. This is for me. I gotta do this song. Please let me do the vocal on this song."
"I said, âWell, David, I know your style. Iâll tell you, youâre probably the only guy that makes sense. I can see you doing kind of a dark sound. You got it!"
"The next day, 7 âo clock in the morning, Iâm home and the phone rings. And I hear this staticâ¦ ââAngelo, Angelo!"
"Yes, who is this?"
"This is Bono. Iâm in a car. Iâm in Ireland. I heard this track. I am so busy, Iâm on tour, Iâm working on an album with my band, and Iâve got ten thousand things to do. The last thing I wanted to hear is a track like this. But would you let me be the singer on this track?"
"I said, âBono, man, it would be greatâ¦ but last night I committed with Bowie.â"
"And Bono said: âWellâ¦ he sings good too.â"
For more information, click the buttons below: