Twin Peaks – Cover Location

Apparently locating where the pictures for album covers were taken is a thing. I was having a browse through some that a discogs group had put together and there was Twin Peaks, which reminded me that I’d been there. Not Twin Peaks, it isn’t a real place, but where it was filmed, namely Snoqualmie in Washington State which I visited in 1998 (Twin Peaks first aired 90-91).

It then occured to my that I have the album in which, or on which, the picture in question appears, namely this one:

According to the sleuths who track these things down this picture was taken at this location https://goo.gl/maps/NMMMTEDEWWp but to save you clicking here is what you will see:

And from there you can do street view and see for yourself, or just have a general look around if you feel like it. We went to the falls, which were pretty cool, and had a general drive around the town, some parts of which I recognised, particularly a Petrol Station where a scene from The Vanishing (Kiefer Sutherland/Jeff Bridges) was filmed, although I only recognised it after it was pointed out to me. I think they also filmed at the falls and in and around Seattle for that film.

It then occured to me that this is not the only copy I have, I also have the more recent remastered re-release in ‘Damn Fine Coffee’ coloured vinyl. This is it:

It has director approved artwork, is on 180 gram damn fine coffee colour vinyl, with 425 gram gatefold sleeve housed inside a bespoke white die-cut outer jacket with white spot varnish finish, complete with obi strip. It is still exactly the same music but it sounds a bit better.

This, other than perhaps the main theme, is probably the most recognisible track from the soundtrack:

It would be fairly odd if I had a third copy of this soundtrack. I do have a third copy of this soundtrack. It is a little different though as it is an interpretation by the band Xiu Xiu who are an American experimental band, formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart in San Jose, California. Currently, the line-up consists of Stewart (the only constant member since formation) and Angela Seo.

The album is titled Xiu Xiu ‎– Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks ad it was released exclusively as a Record Store Day release on April 16, 2016 by Polyvinyl in the United States and Bella Union in Europe. It was produced by former Xiu Xiu member Jherek Bischoff and mixed by Deerhoof member Greg Saunier.

The covers were originally commissioned by Queensland Gallery of Modern Art for a 2015 exhibition, “David Lynch: Between Two Worlds”. Following the live performances at the exhibition, the band decided to record the covers in the studio. As a comparison here is the same track, ‘Falling’ as performed by Xiu Xiu:

It is quite different but I like it, as I do the whole album as it does put a different spin on the music, difficult at times, but good.

It may seem that I am a Twin Peaks nerd by owning three copies of this, but I’m not, really, I’m not. Things just worked out this way. I may have a look to see if I have any other albums where the cover location is known, now that is where I clearly am a nerd.

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