Happy Birthday, David Lynch!
David Lynch / Roy Orbison
Lynch reactivated Roy Orbison’s career and produced Orbison’s Best Of album “In dreams”, which paved him the way into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame:
12. Re-recorded Hits and “In Dreams”
QUESTION: What made you decide to re-record your greatest hits almost twenty years after their first release?
ANSWER: We were trying to duplicate “In Dreams”. What happened was the Monument masters, all of the old originals, were in Bankruptcy Court and we had no product out, so I decided to re-record them just so that they would be available. We were trying to recapture the exact sound. However, when we got to, when I signed with Virgin Records they wanted to call the album “In Dreams”. David Lynch had put “In Dreams” in the film “Blue Velvet.” We called David to see if he would let us use part of the film for the video and he said ‘Well, let me hear the re-recording’. He heard it and he said ‘Well I think we can do better’. So we went back in and re-recorded again and we did it live. T-Bone Burnett was the producer and David Lynch was the Director of the record. That’s the first time I had ever been directed on a record but he was great; he did a wonderful job. We recorded that live as I did the first one. There was no over-dubbing. We were all there the one time and made a few passes and then recorded it. In that sense it is live and it is me some years later still trying to be faithful to it. The arrangement is about the same.
At the occasion of a Roy Orbison memorial night, Dean ‘Ben’ Stockwell lip synced in Dreams with a lamp like he did in Blue Velvet.
Roy Orbison performs “Oh, Pretty Woman” as the finale of the Black & White Night Concert.
In celebration, watch the essential documentaries on David Lynch, including Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997), David Lynch: Don’t Look at Me (1989), Lynch (2007), Mysteries of Love (2002), Eraserhead Stories (2001), Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: David Lynch (1990), David Lynch presents: Ruth, Roses and Revolver (BBC Arena 1987), Scene by Scene: David Lynch (BBC, 1999), and David Lynch Interview (The GUARDIAN Lectures 1985).
More: David Lynch