David Lynch Scores Our Nightmares, Directs NIN Video
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013

  • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

Trent Reznor announced today that David Lynch will be directing the video for "Came Back Haunted," the first single off Nine Inch Nails' comeback album Hesitation Marks. Reznor established an artistic rapport with the renowned director when he scored Lynch's 1997 film Lost Highway, a movie whose nightmarish visuals could only be topped by the visceral soundtrack. This announcement got us thinking about our favorite musical scenes from Lynch's films; we're hoping this list will get you just as excited about this collaboration of two legends.

And if the music video doesn't feature a ghostly woman lip-syncing "Only The Lonely" while Trent Reznor sobs silently in the background, we're going to be slightly disappointed.

5. "Wicked Game" from Wild At Heart



This 1989 Chris Isaac song wasn't actually released as a single until it was featured in Wild At Heart in 1990. The track will always make me think of finding a woman with a bleeding head looking for her hairbrush on the side of a dark highway.

4. "Candy-Colored Clown" from Blue Velvet



The silky Roy Orbison tune gets the creepiest makeover we can possibly imagine thanks to Frank's friend Ben. Actually, all Roy Orbison songs creep me out after watching this movie. So do closets, ears, lipstick, and tulips, but that's neither here nor there.

3. "Llorando" from Mullholland Drive



Starting to notice some themes yet? This is another Roy Orbison tune (it's a Spanish version of "Crying"), and, like our choice for number one, is also sung in a dreamlike club with red curtains to an audience who is overwhelmed by emotion and starts - you guessed it - crying. The ending of the performance is ingeniously symbolic in the context of the film.

2. "In Heaven" from Eraserhead



The "Lady in the Radiator" is a recurring hallucination/fantasy in Lynch's dark and twisted debut, and would strike me as oddly cute if it weren't for every other scene in the movie. Most rock fans who haven't seen the film will recognize this as a Pixies song thanks to their excellent cover.

1. "The World Spins" from Twin Peaks



Julee Cruise plays the forlorn chanteuse at The Roadhouse, the bar in the town of Twin Peaks and the scene of many important turning points in the plot. In one of the most powerful scenes of the series, the characters listening to this song experience an all-consuming devastation that they cannot explain, a torrent of sadness unleashed by the very notes they hear.

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