I need to hear this song:
The composer began working on the films score, and all went well until Lynch hit a roadblock while trying to secure the rights to the Tim Buckley tune “Song to the Siren,” as performed by 4AD dream-pop supergroup This Mortal Coil. Dino De Laurentiis, whose studio produced the film, refused to pay what Badalamenti figures was a $50,000 sync fee to use the song, so Caruso asked the composer to write something similar. He agreed; all he needed was some words.
Remembering the Grammy’s 1991 Best Pop Instrumental Performance competitors:
A year prior to the series, Badalamenti, Lynch and Cruise collaborated on the latter’s debut album, Floating Into the Night, which perfected the fuzzy pop of the trio’s 1986 collaboration “Mysteries of Love” (for the movie Blue Velvet) and included “Falling,” the tune that would become Twin Peaks’ title theme. Although that album made it to Number 74 on the Top 200 and “Falling” would eventually peak at to Number 11 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, the real victory would be Music From Twin Peaks, the series’ 1990 soundtrack album. That LP earned Badalamenti not only a Grammy – besting Kenny G and Phil Collins in the 1991 Best Pop Instrumental Performance category for “Twin Peaks Theme” – but would also achieve a rare feat for a TV soundtrack by earning a gold plaque from the RIAA.
via Rolling Stone.