Best known for his hauntingly atmospheric work with filmmaker David Lynch, composer Angelo Badalamenti was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1938; a classically trained performer, he spent the early years of his career playing the Catskills resort area, later writing and arranging for singers including Shirley Bassey and country star Mel Tillis. Under the name Andy Badale, he entered the film industry in 1973, debuting with the score to the action film Gordon's War. Despite subsequent work on such features as 1974's Law and Disorder and 1976's Across the Great Divide, Badalamenti remained largely unknown before hooking up with Lynch on the soundtrack of the director's 1986 masterpiece Blue Velvet; they subsequently worked together on the features Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, and The Straight Story. Perhaps the most famous fruit of their collaboration was the cult hit television series Twin Peaks, for which Badalamenti created one of the most distinctive and evocative theme songs in TV history. The duo also wrote and produced a pair of LPs for ethereal chanteuse Julee Cruise, 1989's Floating into the Night and 1993's The Voice of Love, and staged an avant-garde musical theater piece titled Industrial Symphony No. 1.
Ever the composer to expand upon his skills with varied projects, Badalamenti conducted a performance during the opening ceremony for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. In 1993, he shifted gears and collaborated with American thrash metal act Anthrax on their Sound of White Noise record for the Twin Peaks-inspired track "Black Lodge." He then went on to orchestrate and produce Marianne Faithfull's 1995 album, A Secret Life. In 1996, he teamed up with James vocalist Tim Booth for the LP Booth and the Bad Angel. Badalamenti subsequently worked on the scores for such films as Dark Water, The Wicker Man, and Edge of Love. In 2008, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Soundtrack Awards. His prolific output of work continued throughout the 2010s, most notably for returning to the project he was arguably most well-known for -- revisiting the world of Twin Peaks, writing, composing, and orchestrating new compositions for David Lynch and Mark Frost's third season of the show in 2017, Twin Peaks: The Return. ~ Jason Ankeny