David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time - Avantgarde Dance + Alt Rock 180 Grm 2LP

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David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time

Label: Sunday Best Recordings
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Europe
Released: 2011
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Blues Rock, Avantgarde


A1 Pinky's Dream
Featuring, Written-By, Performer – Karen O
A2 Good Day Today
A3 So Glad
A4 Noah's Ark

B1 Football Game
B2 I Know
B3 Strange And Unproductive Thinking

C1 The Night Bell With Lightning
C2 Stone's Gone Up
C3 Crazy Clown Time

D1 These Are My Friends
D2 Speed Roadster
D3 Movin' On
D4 She Rise Up


(p) + (c) 2011 Sunday Best Recordings
Mastered at Precise Mastering, London, UK.
Includes Free Full Album Download Code

Crazy Clown Time is the debut studio album by the American film director David Lynch, released on November 7, 2011

David Lynch's favorite number is seven. Look at the LP cover art and add up the numbers on the dice in his hand. This dice also appears on the back cover and in another shot inside the LP booklet - again, tally up the numbers. And if you're feeling REALLY ambitious or bored, go back and look at the photo art DL provided for the DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL album. You'll see there's a shot of two die, and their numbers add up to... Also note that the record has fourteen songs, seven on side A, seven on side B. And don't forget there are seven notes on the musical scale - A through G (not counting sharps and flats, 'course).

That is all.


OK, so let me first clear the air by announcing that I am in fact a heavily biased David Lynch fan. I approach this record from the perspective of someone who's avidly followed his musical career, which began in earnest with 2006's INLAND EMPIRE soundtrack, and continued full steam ahead with the fantasteclectic DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL record.

I remember despising Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE the first time I watched it (I've since come around), but was intrigued enough by one of the songs that I scanned the closing credits to see who performed it. To my total surprise I found that the writer and performer of this otherworldly and creepy-catchy tune was none other than David Lynch himself, his voice electronically filtered beyond recognition.

A continued inspection of the credits revealed that Lynch not only performed the film's two best songs ("Ghosts of Love" and "Polish Poem"), but also provided the uber-spooky and distinctive synthesizer score.

I thunk: "This guy's GOOD!"

Just couldn't help but be impressed by how much he'd stepped up his musical game since the self-titled BLUE BOB record, which was a collaborative effort with David Neff. Some of the BB songs appear on the MULHOLLAND DR. soundtrack, and while they are undeniably effective - especially the way he incorporates them into the film - they're nothing to get too sweaty over.

Anyways, our hero's next major step was to design the artwork and provide two new tracks for the aforementioned DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL project, which also featured The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black, Suzanne Vega, and numerous other fringe-pop luminaries. Again DL's songs were both standouts, in spite of the fact he was essentially a fifty(sixty?)-something newcomer competing with artists ranging from the newly established to the legendary.

Something was happening.


Preceded many months by the fantastic single, "Good Day" / "I Know" - both of which are included here on CCT - this 68 minute epic is easily Lynch's crowning acheivement so far as a musician. A work of twisted, playful, and unassuming genius.

Here's a quick and incomplete breakdown:

"Pinky's Dream" commences the journey in grand style, thanks in large part to the urgent and expressive vocal talents of YEAH YEAH YEAHS frontwoman Karen O. Darkly intense, but undeniably fun, "Pinky's" rides hard and fast along a lost highway of menacing, echo-laden Lynch-riffs.

Next up is the impressively danceable "Good Day Today" which sounds something like a hybrid between Underworld, Moby and Air. Techno-rock heaven, in other words, and yet another bold new development in Lynch's mercurial musical artistry. LOVE this tune.

But CRAZY CLOWN's perverse centerpiece is the aptly labeled "Strange and Unproductive Thinking," which features four increasingly mind-melting rants about expanding consciousness, quasi-scientific inquiry, runaway tooth decay, and too many other opaquely interrelated musings in between for me to mention or even comprehend. Lynch delivers this inscrutable monologue in his Kraftwerk-esque electro-vocals over an addictive and super-cool mid-tempo beat. You thought Lynch was weird before? Wait'll you hear this.

Moving along, the title track is a hilarious and twisted white-trash nursery rhyme for the clinically deranged. And don't let yourself be put off by the gratingly silly vocals at the beginning of the song, because this one will win you over once it gets cooking.

Other standouts include the heartfelt "These Are My Friends," the sociopathic "Speed Roadster," and the elegiac "She Rise Up."

All in all, I have nothing but good to say about this record. It occurs to me that DL's guitar style resembles Neil Young and Crazy Horse's feedback-heavy approach. Ever heard NY's guitar score for Jim Jarmusch's DEAD MAN? Well CRAZY CLOWN has a similar sound.

It's also interesting how his lyrics always have a certain playful quality to them, even when he's singing about the philisophical underpinnings of Transcendential Meditation or contemplating murderous impulses. The man has a unique perspective on life, and it shows.

No I think if you made it this far, you've got everything it takes to unleashe your own inner Crazy Clown and safely bliss your way through the arousing and unsettling aural weird-world of Lynchlandia.

David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time (Official Video)

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David Lynch - "Crazy Clown Time" (Trailer)

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David Lynch Feat. Karen O - Pinky's Dream

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David Lynch - Good Day, Today -

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David Lynch - Noah's Ark

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David Lynch - The Night Bell With Lightning

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David Lynch - Stone's Gone Up

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Format 2LP
Label Sunday Best Recordings