Major Star Told David Lynch To Bring Eddie Vedder To Twin Peaks


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.

  • Kim Foster

    Eddie Vedder seems to have changed alot through his career, looking back on when he started and now it appears that Hollywood plays a big role in his life. i guess it is surprising considering how early on it was all about the music and not the glamour of celebrities!

    • Giovanni

      Actually Twin Peaks was sort of a forerunner to the grunge movement & the 90s sensibility, a big influence on all that generation. Sounds more like coming full circle.

    • Breath and a Scream

      I hate to agree with you but I feel that way too. I hate that he is friends with Sean Penn. I don’t believe early 90’s Eddie would have had anything to do with someone like him.

      • ej1

        Well, considering that they met and became friends during “Dead Man Walking”, mid-nineties Eddie decided he liked the guy quite a lot. Their friendship makes sense. They have similar beliefs and are passionate about the causes they support. At some point, the “star” thing stops mattering when you run in similar circles. He’s met a lot of celebrities supporting causes he cares about and they become friends. Big deal…

    • Stone Gossardish

      Yea, huge role. I mean, Vedder’s been in so many movies, right? He’s been pitched supporting roles for 20+ years and other than Portlandia, how many has he taken?

  • Corndog

    That wee song has really grown on me. I wonder if there is any chance that it will make it on a PJ record or is it is purely a solo track?

  • Eatit

    Where is the editor or proof-reader on this one? “It oddly does, unknowingly. kind of touches on some feeling and vibe of the show”… Is this supposed to be one sentence, or 2? the period in the middle of the sentence stops the reader mid-sentence. I would be a much better writer than Brett Buchanan. I know people make mistakes that why press outlets have editors or proof-readers. Someone isn’t doing their job. Not to mention that people who make errors like this are less likely to be taken seriously as a professional.

    • Jon Norwood

      Your name screams professionalism.

    • Alternative Nation

      Eat my butt.

  • Stone Gossardish

    For those that forgot, Dern was married to Ben Harper, a very tight friend of EV. One of EV’s kids is named Harper, but who knows if that’s in part bc of Ben.