You may have noticed that we’re kinda David Lynch fanatics here at Flavorpill (we have an in-house band who do a live re-soundtracking of Twin Peaks, for Chrissakes), so we greeted the arrival yesterday of the fancy limited-edition double-LP Eraserhead soundtrack with unconstrained joy. The sound design on Lynch’s mind-bending debut is almost as important as the visuals, creating an atmosphere that echoes the film’s ominous, industrial setting. Until now, however, it’s been nigh on impossible to get a copy of, so in celebration of the fact that you can finally get it on vinyl, here’s a selection of other soundtracks that we had to wait way too long for — and some that we’re still waiting for.
The soundtrack to Eraserhead has had a storied history — given the lack of budget and the decidedly non unit-shifting nature of its music, it’s no surprise that an album wasn’t released along with the film. A soundtrack LP surfaced in the early ’80s on IRS Records (best known for being home to REM) and was also distributed via Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles imprint. A CD release was apparently available briefly in the 1980s, although we’ve certainly never come across a copy.