Di­rec­tors Turned Mu­si­cians

Exclaim! - - SHOTS - ALEX HUD­SON

We love to poke fun of ac­tors who at­tempt to start bands, but there are also a num­ber of film di­rec­tors who have made the leap to mu­sic.

DAVID LYNCH

Sur­real, at­mo­spheric and twisted per­ver­sion of 1950s Amer­i­can tra­di­tions — a fit­ting de­scrip­tion for Lynch’s film work, but that also de­scribes the pair of spooky blues al­bums he re­leased a few years back.

JOHN CAR­PEN­TER

Hav­ing com­posed his own beloved sound­tracks for decades, the hor­ror hero has fi­nally em­braced his mu­sic ca­reer. In the past cou­ple of years, he’s re­leased al­bums of Lost Themes and gone on tour for the first time.

ROBERT RO­DRIGUEZ

His 1992 fea­ture film de­but was called El Mari­achi, so it’s fit­ting that he also makes mari­achi-in­flu­enced rock as a gui­tarist in the band Chin­gon. Their name comes from the Mex­i­can slang term for “awe­some.”

CLINT EAST­WOOD

Best known as an ac­tor and direc­tor, he is also a pi­anist, singer and sound­track com­poser. He sang an al­bum of clas­sic Western tunes in the ’60s and in 1997 re­leased a Live at Carnegie Hall jazz record.

JIM JARMUSCH

He played in ’80s no wave out­fit the Del-Byzan­teens and is cur­rently in doom-rock trio SQÜRL. In 2012, he con­cocted waves of am­bi­ent gui­tar noise for two truly bizarre col­lab­o­ra­tion al­bums with lutist Jozef van Wis­sem.

JOHN CAR­PEN­TER

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