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The Unlikely Story of Toto’s Soundtrack for David Lynch’s Notorious Dune Adaptation

The Unlikely Story of Toto’s Soundtrack for David Lynch’s Notorious Dune Adaptation


The Toto rating for Dune was Wagnerian and highly effective, but the band by no means composed the soundtrack for an additional film.

Paich: Engaged on that movie discouraged me somewhat bit from engaged on movies. I assumed, If that is the way in which it’s going to be… I wished it to be a blockbuster like Jaws, and it wasn’t. It was met with combined opinions.

Lukather: It was a one-and-done for us, so far as I used to be involved. It was an important expertise, nevertheless it was not one thing I wished to do for a dwelling. There are guys that do it so nicely. I simply wish to keep in my lane, if you’ll. I’m not the suitable man to spend the remainder of my life doing that. It’s very troublesome, tedious work, and I simply wish to run on stage and play my ass off and receives a commission and go dwelling. I spent a whole lot of time in recording studios from 1976 to 1992, doing 20 periods per week… and having a band. 

I noticed Dune 1,000,000 instances after we have been doing it. I might transfer my lips to the dialogue. Oftentimes, among the phrases from the movie we nonetheless use to speak to one another—it simply comes out of nowhere. That’s a part of our historical past.

Launched in 1984 by Polydor, the Dune soundtrack album was, in response to the band, not a bestseller. The label reissued the soundtrack on CD in 1997 with beforehand unreleased cues. In 2020, Jackpot Information reissued it in a restricted 2,000-copy “spice-colored” vinyl run.

Lukather: The soundtrack wasn’t a blockbuster, I can let you know that. It’s not like there was a success single. It’s a unusual little bizarre factor.

Paich: It’s an oddity for Toto. The one man that got here as much as me was Billy Idol, who informed me, “By the way in which, I like the Dune album. That’s my favourite Toto document of all time.” Made me really feel actually good.

Lukather: Billy Idol was a buddy of mine and mentioned, “My favourite Toto album is Dune.” [laughs] I mentioned, “I like you for that, Billy!” For our final dwell video, on our Fortieth-anniversary tour, we put collectively a medley of the themes of Dune, in a Pink Floyd-y kind of manner. Our super-fans get it, like, “I can’t imagine they’re enjoying one thing from Dune!” We didn’t play the principle theme; that may have been too apparent and type of foolish. We aren’t John Williams, however we gave it a go! The irony is the singer in our band now, Joseph Williams, his father is John Williams.



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