It seems that when people think of Danny Elfman’s work, they go straight to Tim Burton. After all, he has scored all but two of Burton’s movies.
But Elfman’s work goes much beyond the partnership with Burton and some of the most iconic theme songs and scores have been birthed from this musical genius.
Elfman has been one of the masters of the sound of cinema.
In 1972, Elfman’s brother Richard formed a new wave performance art band called Oingo Boingo. Although the project fell through, the brothers took a script short film the band had produced called Forbidden Zone. This now cult movie is a hilarious music science fiction movie and was one of the first movies that Danny Elfman scored. It is, indeed, a movie that attracted the attention of a filmmaker that goes by the name of Burton.
Elfman has not only worked with Burton, creating the eerie line between childhood and nightmares. Elfman has gone on the compose scores for eighty movies and television shows. His most famous works include Spider-man, Red Dragon, Silver Linings Playbook and Men In Black 3. Check out his extensive list, you’ll be surprise to learn that Elfman has scored some of your favourite movies. Elfman has even created one of the most recognisable theme songs by being the mastermind being The Simpsons theme. Most recently he has scored Cirque De Soliel’s Iris show and will be doing movie American Hustle.
On the anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas, we celebrate Elfman. Creating all the songs and singing as Jack Skellington, the songs of the man were pure brilliant. From the sorrow filled ones such as Sally’s Song to the thrilling Oogie Boogie song, this movie is filled with some remarkable tunes. The soundtrack to Nightmare is a purely wonderful one and has even been revisited twice with some incredible covers (check out Amy Lee’s version of Sally’s Song.) It still punctuates Christmas and Halloween holidays, swimming through the air and
Elfman not only because he voiced such a memorable figure. But because he brought delight to the holidays. In a recent concert, Elfmans genius was played by the BBC Philharmonic with Elfman returning to the voice of Jack Skellington, proving that age is just a number and his power lives on. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a musical innocence that encapsulated the joy of Christmas and Halloween, Elfman has given us songs that have last twenty years. Songs of heart and discovery, loss and love. He gave Burtons world a voice, and taught us music that has been on our lips still decades on. And Elfman is more than just a one note man, he is a genius of the notes and made worlds dance.
Elfman is, indeed, a legend.
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