David Lynch's 10 Most Iconic Musical Scenes

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Over our extended weekend, we celebrated the birthday of Reverent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But one other eventful birthday I'd like to bring to your attention was on January 20, this past Sunday. That's the birthday of acclaimed director David Lynch. The visionary filmmaker turned 67 years old.

In celebration of that fact, I decided to take a look back at some of the greatest musical moments in Lynch's filmography. As an occasional musician himself, Lynch knows just how to work music into a scene to evoke a powerful visceral response on the part of the audience.

In a way, many of his greatest scenes are defined by the songs they use and the jarring effect which those songs create within their context.


10. Peter Ivers, "In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song)" A snippet of an 18-minute ambient piece, "In Heaven" is sung by the Lady in the Radiator (Laurel Near) in Eraserhead, who may be a vision of the main character Spencer (Jack Nance) or some kind of literal angel, depending on your interpretation.


9. Isabella Rossellini, "Blue Velvet/Blue Star"
Blue Velvet was inspired by the hit Bobby Vinton song, so it was only appropriate for the film to feature a performance of it, here by Isabella Rossellini as female lead Dorothy Vallens.

8. Roy Orbison, "In Dreams"
In Blue Velvet, "In Dreams" is apparently a favorite of the antagonist, Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). It's lip-synched for Frank by the mysterious Ben (Dean Stockwell), until Frank decides he's had enough and shuts it off.


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