Twin Peaks is an American television serial drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. It follows an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). Its pilot episode was first broadcast on April 8, 1990 on ABC. Seven more episodes were produced, and the series was renewed for a second season that aired until June 10, 1991. The show’s title came from the small, fictional Washington town in which it was set. Exteriors were primarily filmed in the Washington towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend, though additional exteriors were shot in southern California. Most of the interior scenes were shot on standing sets in a San Fernando Valley warehouse.
Twin Peaks became one of the top-rated shows of 1990 and was a critical success both nationally and internationally. It captured a devoted cult fan base and became a part of popular culture that has been referenced in television shows, commercials, comic books, video games, films and song lyrics. Declining viewer ratings led to ABC’s insistence that the identity of Laura’s murderer be revealed midway through the second season. The series was followed by a 1992 feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which serves as a prequel to the television series.
All the songs from the album were written by Angelo Badalamenti, which received the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Twin Peaks Theme”. Most of the songs are instrumental pieces, but three songs that contain lyrics were written by David Lynch. These three songs are available on the singer Julee Cruise‘s album Floating into the Night. Cruise’s album also contains songs that were used in the series, but are not included in any soundtrack release.
- “Twin Peaks Theme”
- “Laura Palmer‘s Theme”
- “Audrey‘s Dance”
- “The Nightingale” (vocal by Julee Cruise)
- “Freshly Squeezed”
- “The Bookhouse Boys”
- “Into the Night” (vocal by Julee Cruise)
- “Night Life in Twin Peaks”
- “Dance of the Dream Man”
- “Love Theme from Twin Peaks“
- “Falling” (vocal by Julee Cruise)