Episode 1: The Naked City

Written by on October 25, 2016

 

The San Francisco skyline in Blake Edwards' 1962 film "Experiment in Terror", with a soundtrack by Harry Mancini.

The San Francisco skyline in Blake Edwards’ 1962 film “Experiment in Terror”, featuring a soundtrack by Henry Mancini.

Episode 1 of The Road to Nowhere brings you the sounds of the city at night: echoing footsteps, snapping fingers, sleazy saxes, and more. But there’s also the inaudible: the paranoia, the excitement, the lust, the come down. Weaving through jazz, exotica, cold-wave, and synth-pop from 1951 to 1991, these cuts will follow you through those lonely streets until you find your own Blue Cabaret.

Yves Saint Laurent's "Le Smoking" tuxedo for women epitomizes the aesthetic of the show's second half.

Yves Saint Laurent’s “Le Smoking” tuxedo for women.

 

Playlist:

Track

Artist

Album

  • Audrey's Dance (Percussion and Clarinets)
    Angelo Badalamenti
    Twin Peaks Archive
  • Walkin' and Whistlin' Blues
    The Four Knights
    Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 3: 1951
  • Wolf Bait
    Henry Thome
    7"
  • Blue Jungle
    Les Baxter
    Jungle Jazz
  • Stranded in the Jungle
    The Cadets
    Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 8: 1956
  • Experiment in Terror
    Henry Mancini
    The Days of Wine and Roses
  • Eclipse
    Charles Mingus
    Pre-Bird
  • Bent at the Window
    Martin Dupont
    Just Because
  • Memory Fails Me
    Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras
    Catholic
  • Exhibitionism
    Gina X Performance
    Nice Mover
  • Invitation
    Saâda Bonaire
    Saâda Bonaire
  • Blue Cabaret
    Ronny
    7"
  • Femme Fatale
    Nico
    Nico In Tokyo

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