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20 years old, the music of “Twin Peaks.”

20 years old, the music of “Twin Peaks.” (photo)

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Twenty years ago this month, the phenomenon that was “Twin Peaks” aired and changed the way a generation viewed owls, Tibetan deductive methods and colorful drapery. A creation of David Lynch and Mark Frost, the show was a revolution in TV, devoid of formulaic plots and cookie cutter characters. The music too, was unusual and of a quality unmatched by even most feature films – which the show would eventually evolve (or devolve) into with “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.”

David Lynch go-to guy, Angelo Badalamenti, composed most of the now, unforgettable music on an old Fender Rhodes piano. Of course, Lynch was instrumental in the conception of the pieces, setting the thick mood for Badalamenti. He would literally sit next to the composer talking softly about what he envisioned for the score. As if on a dream quest he transported them into a dark forest at night. Badalamenti began to play a few haunting notes and they walked through the woods with a soft wind blowing through Sycamore trees. Lynch saw the moon, heard the hoot of an owl, and the piano responded.

Then there was girl in the distance. A sad girl named Laura Palmer came toward them through the trees and the piano changed to suit her, no longer haunting, but sad notes building into a beautiful climax. The composition soared just for a moment. But the sad girl didn’t make it all the way to them, instead she began to leave, and falling, falling, disappeared back into the trees.

That’s the sound of “Twin Peaks” and pretty much how those two legends created the first song for the show. Badalamenti himself says as much.

I could live between those opening and closing credits.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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