Twin Peaks music director Dean Hurley discussed Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s performance of his new song “Out of Sand” on Sunday’s episode ‘No Knock, No Doorbell’ in a new KEXP interview. Hurley credited Laura Dern, who plays Diane Evans on the series, for telling series co-creator David Lynch to have Vedder perform on the series.
“I think one of the unsung heroes bringing him into the fold was Laura Dern actually. He and Laura are very good friends. David had a relationship with him because he had done a benefit concert back in 2009 with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. David mixed that concert, and loved Eddie, loved meeting him. Him and Laura Dern are fast friends, and I think Laura was kind of planting that seed into David’s mind: ‘You should ask Eddie to do something.’
Eddie is one of the few musical performers that actually just wrote a brand new song for the show. I had a conversation with him on the phone, he was a super sweet guy, super modest, but so warm and generous. He was asking me about the show, I didn’t know what to say, I mentioned a few maybe abstract themes from the show to him. Just after mentioning those few items, he was just like, ‘Okay, well it sounds like we’re throwing darts at the wall.’ I was like, yeah, I thought that was a really good phrase, he’s just going to try something, send it over, it’s like throwing a dart blindfolded.
But the first dart, he’s an amazing dart player, because the first dart he threw, David listened to it, he said, ‘It’s great, it’s going in the Roadhouse. I love the song.’ It oddly does, unknowingly. kind of touches on some feeling and vibe of the show in the lyrics, the overall abstract theme of it all. Very cool performance, just one of the most gracious people I have ever met. He gave me an Eddie Vedder zippo as a gift on set.”
Many fans noted that the lyrics to “Out of Sand” reflected the journey of the series’ lead character, FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, this season.