This collaboration between Tim Booth (b. 4 February 1960), the lead singer with renowned fey indie pop group James, and Angelo Badalamenti, most readily associated with the theme tune to cult television series Twin Peaks and numerous other David Lynch films, took place early in 1996. The results were given further celebrity status by the presence of former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, who mixed the majority of the tracks, alongside Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass. In the early 90s Booth had been asked by an interviewer who his first choice of future musical collaborator would be. He named Badalamenti immediately, and had been particularly impressed by the composer’s collaborative work with Julee Cruise (Floating Into The Night). Badalamenti had also undertaken commissions by Anthrax and Michael Jackson, and turned down work with artists including Tori Amos and Leonard Cohen because of time commitments. Intrigued by Booth’s interest in him, he went to see James play live for the first time in 1993, and familiarized himself with the group’s records. Eventually, after persistent phone calls from Booth, Badalamenti agreed to the collaboration. Booth flew to New York in 1994 to embark on a series of improvisational pieces. The opening single ‘I Believe’ aside, the results proved too nebulous for mainstream acceptance, but the quality of the album wowed critics on both sides of the Atlantic.
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