Thirty-five years after it first flummoxed undergrads, weirdoes, film scholars and midnight-movie buffs alike, David Lynch’s debut film Eraserhead continues to defy explanation or elucidation. No matter how often one regards the Man in the Planet, the befuddled high-haired Henry, the Lady in the Radiator, or that monstrous, screaming, foaming “baby,” the film places its viewers wholly within the realm of nightmare. Though Variety originally panned the film as “sickening,” they did praise Lynch’s sound design, which returns in this reissue from the similarly crepuscular Sacred Bones label. Across the two epic suites, industrial throb turns to rust-belt ambience, which turns to cryptic dialogue and banal family-meal chatter and then back to alien drone and radiator shriek. An oasis in such oddness and clamor, the eerie incant by the Lady in the Radiator that “in heaven, everything is fine” (actually sung by cult figure Peter Ivers) still beguiles; everyone from Devo to the Pixies to Bauhaus and Modest Mouse have referenced it.
By Lindsay Hood on 08.29.14 in News
Yesterday, in an interview with the Daily Beast, David Lynch chatted about transcendental meditation, his guest role on Louie, and his love of True Detective. But when the reporter got around to mentioning that Lynch was...
By Andrew Parks on 04.28.14 in News
Moby and David Lynch continue their long-running creative relationship with the new video for Moby's Record Store Day-endorsed "reversion" of Lynch's "The Big Dream" single. While the two have already remixed one another...
By Andrew Parks on 04.02.14 in News
David Lynch has revealed two very different releases for Record Store Day. On the more predictable side of things is a red vinyl remix EP of songs from last year's The Big Dream LP, including a "reversion" from Moby feat...
By Winston Cook-Wilson on 07.16.13 in Reviews
Auteur film director David Lynch's latest musical experiment, The Big Dream, is an unsettling collection of songs about love and infatuation. Unlike on 2011's Crazy Clown Time, Lynch delivers all of the album's lead voca...