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Your favourite movie soundtracks #4: Chris Summerlin on The Straight Story

Posted: August 27th, 2007, by Simon Minter

In 2004 my partner of three years had to move back home to Australia. The night before I had to move her belongings and her in my shitty car to the airport, we sat and drank wine in our front room and listened to music. One of the things we listened to was Angelo Badalamenti’s score for David Lynch’s The Straight Story. The film itself is a masterpiece of agonising sentimentality and the soundtrack is no different. I fully expect Lynch and Badalamenti to have researched the most heartbreaking chords and notes available and then made sure they utilised them to their full effect. It is something else, it really is. It’s almost cruel.

I remember we fell asleep on the sofa listening to ‘Lauren’s Walking’ and woke up when it was light. We spent our last night together on a sofa. A fucking sofa. What idiots. Since that point I haven’t heard the soundtrack or seen the film again. I have gone out of my way to experience neither and I am absolutely sure I will never see the film or hear the soundtrack again. It is that good.

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Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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