Friday, March 26, 2010

Five on Friday - Danny Elfman

For this week's version of Travis' Five on Friday meme, in keeping with my sort-of-theme of movie music composers I thought I'd go with yet another of Amanda's favorites - Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman.  In addition to composing music for television and movies, Elfman is best known for leading the rock band Oingo Boingo as a singer/songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995.
Beginning with PeeWee's Big Adventure in 1985, Elfman has been scoring movies ever since and has been nominated for four Academy Awards as well as won a Grammy Award for Tim Burton's Batman.  He additionally won an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme and is well-known for creating The Simpsons main title theme.  Among Tim Burton fans, Elfman is famous for his role as Jack Skellington's singing voice in The Nightmare Before Christmas - one of Amanda's favorite movies (as a matter of fact, she insisted I add a sixth song to this week's post as it just didn't seem right to her that I not have one of his songs as Jack Skellington; consequently you'll find a You Tube video below the player with a song clip.)

If you're familiar with Danny Elfman's work and wondering why it seems that he scores almost all of Tim Burton's movies, that would be because they're good friends and he has, in fact, scored all but Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd - and that includes the recently released Alice in Wonderland.  It seems like some movie directors and music producers just go together and that's definitely the case here! Burton has said of his relationship with Elfman, "We don't even have to talk about the music. We don't even have to intellectualize – which is good for both of us, we're both similar that way. We're very lucky to connect." (Breskin, 1997)

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If you want to connect with some more great music, don't forget to pop by Trav's Thoughts and check out the other Five on Friday memers (is that a word?) to see/hear what they've got to offer!


  1. I'm not a huge Burton fan (don't tell Amanda!) so I'm not really familiar with the music. I do however want to see Alice in Wonderland!

  2. A highly unusual individual. Great music.

  3. This is a great choice! I'm looking forward to spending time with this set over the weekend!

  4. Now this was an interesting post! The playlist featured some cool music.

    I haven't seen Alice in Wonderland yet but I really want to.

    Have a great weekend Linda!

  5. Talk about getting an education. As you know I truly love Burton and now you've told me who helps him create that special mood.

    The music for Alice is great.

  6. *squee*

    I'm a HUGE Tim Burton/Danny Elfman fan (as is my husband.) I can't pick a favorite from your set because they're ALL my favorites!

  7. I always learn something here, Duchess Linda. You offer so much info about stuff about which I have not a clue.

    Cool music. I would like to see "Alice in Wonderland."

  8. we figured they emptied the asylum of movies with Alice, depp, burton, elfman, not to mention the lady who played the Red Queen...and a few others.

    oh and it was SUCH a good good good movie.

  9. Danny Elfman is quite the talented composer! :) Thanks Linda for his songs! :)

  10. Anonymous3:03 PM EDT

    Tim Burton puts my nightmares on the big screen, and Danny Elfman writes the score. ;-)
    LOVE the music!!

    I really need to see Sweeny Todd AND Alice in Wonderland...


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