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A Real Indication

by Xiu Xiu

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Until Angela and I read an interview with David Lynch wherein he described his doubt that Angelo Badalamenti would be able to do the vocals on "A Real Indication," but then was left laughing on the floor in delight at what an amazing job he did, we were confused by the song. We always loved it but thought it was a song from outside the Twin Peaks universe; a song by other artists that they used on the soundtrack.

When we read this interview and realized how deeply it in fact was in the universe AND had Angelo Badalamenti singing, we regretted not including it on Plays the Music of Twin Peaks. When Polyvinyl approached us about an anniversary release, the opportunity to do it as a bonus track thankfully gave us a chance to redeem ourselves.

The LP was all played live and we knew that "A Real Indication" would have to be as well. We invited our friend and superb drummer David Kendrick (Gleaming Spires, Devo, Sparks) to come to our little studio, NURSE, and bang it out with us. We had it in two takes, which about left us as well laughing on the floor in delight. It is an insane song, and it is insane to play and sing. That night we called Jherek Bischoff, who produced the original LP, and asked him to contribute arco double bass parts which he did beautifully and bizarrely. BLAMO!

It is funny how lucky we were to have released Plays the Music of Twin Peaks when we did. The third season was announced while we were in Australia preparing for the first concert of the soundtrack we would ever play. It was fully back in the zeitgeist at the exact time we were working on it. The White Lodge had given us a little kiss. It was amazing to have been able to inhabit that monumentally inspiring world for a couple of years. As crazed and devoted fans, who could have asked for more? In the meantime we have watched Season 3 over and over and our love for this epic has only grown. It is irresistable although more than a little on the nose to say this of the reissue but, we are so excited that It Is Happening Again. –Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu


released August 19, 2021


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