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A Tribute Community to Danny Elfman's Music

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[15 Nov 2005|05:03pm]

Yes so that was very boring.

I got the corpse bride soundtrack recently and eyeing the charlie and the chocolate factory one wistfully, but recent reviews on the CD have led me to sorta kinda change my mind. It seems a little too insane for me, even though I love danny.

For halloween, I noticed on a commercial for a sitcom's halloween episode they were playing "Dead Man's Party." Yeehaaa
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Info Info Info [28 Oct 2005|05:27pm]

Oingo Boingo was the band of composer Danny Elfman from the mid-1970s to October 31, 1995. An early version of the band was known as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.

The band is probably best known for appearing on a number of soundtracks in the early-to-mid-1980s. Their most well-known song, "Weird Science" was, in fact, written for the John Hughes movie of the same name. The band made an appearance playing their hit "Dead Man's Party" on stage in the memorable party scene in the movie Back to School, in addition to appearing in the 1981 film Longshot, performing their unreleased song "I've Got To Be Entertained". They also contributed two songs (neither of which can be found on any Oingo Boingo release) to the soundtrack for 1984's Bachelor Party; "Bachelor Party" and "Something Isn't Right".

They also made a cameo appearance as the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo in the movie Forbidden Zone (For which Danny also did the score for. It was described as "the worst 1930's music with a rock twist"), written and directed by Richard Elfman, the brother of Danny Elfman (who played Satan. Indeed). In this incarnation, the idea of which was initially formed in late 1972, the band was essentially a musical theatre troupe. Most of the members performed in whiteface and clown makeup; a typical show would contain music ranging from the 1890s to the 1950s (some of which were covers, some of which were original material based on music of another era.) This version of the band had as many as 15 members at any one time, playing over 30 instruments between them. Unfortunately, very little recorded material from this period exists. Because of the expense and difficulty of maintaining an ensemble of this size, Danny Elfman decided in 1978 to reduce both the band and its name, dropping the "Mystic Knights" moniker. Around 1994 it was yet again shortened, this time to "Boingo".

Oingo Boingo amicably parted ways after their annual Halloween concert in 1995, because it was "time." (WAH!! >Drops to knees and melts into her own tears<) The final concert is available on both audio and video recordings.

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Funny Interview [28 Oct 2005|05:16pm]


This is beautiful. Read it.
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Info Info Info [28 Oct 2005|05:08pm]


Okay, I really need to give background, and so it'll take some paitence on my part and some patience on your part. First subject is--Danny Elfman.

Born: May 29, 1953 in Armarillo, Texas.

The fiercely creative Danny got his start in the 1970's playing in two theater troupes started by his older brother Richard - Le Grande Magic Circus, and then The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. After eight years in the Mystic Knights as a singer, composer, guitarist, trombonist, xylophonist, and lyric writer, Danny Elfman pared the troupe down to a rock band, just as Richard Elfman was making Forbidden Zone, which captured the group in the middle of its tranformation to Oingo Boingo. Elfman's vocal range and manic stage presence led Oingo Boingo to a long series of recordings and a strong cult following.

Building on his experience scoring music for theater and independent film, Elfman's career took another big step when he composed the soundtrack for Pee-wee's Big Adventure, his first big budget project. This also began his long association with the film director Tim Burton, as Danny Elfman has scored many of his films, including Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks!, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Elfman's musical signature in these films helps create the fantasy and gothic style typical of Burton's films, using instrumentation such as the pipe organ and choral ensemble.

This bio was completely stolen from another site. If you think I wrote this, I love you.

Burton and Elfman also collaborated on the modern film musical The Nightmare Before Christmas, for which Elfman contributed the singing voice of the main character, as well as writing the lyrics and composing the songs and score.

He has also scored many other films including Back to School, Chicago, Dick Tracy, Freeway, Good Will Hunting, Hulk, Midnight Run, both movies in the Men in Black series, Mission: Impossible, The Family Man, and Sam Raimi's Darkman, Army of Darkness, A Simple Plan, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2.

Elfman has also composed theme music for several television series, including The Simpsons, Sledge Hammer!, Tales from the Crypt, Dilbert, and the opening theme for Desperate Housewives, as well as the Xbox console game Fable. The song "This is Halloween" from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas also appeared in Kingdom Hearts.

On November 29, 2003, Elfman married Bridget Fonda. They have one son, Oliver, born in January, 2005.

(bows) And that took about five minutes.
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Ya Ya Ya [26 Oct 2005|08:30pm]

Hey Boingloinoids, thanks for finding this community and welcome welcome welcome. I started this thing because I'm putting too much Boingo info into my journal, and let me tell you, nobody cared.

So I started this little abstract community. No need to request to join, jump right in. It's open to any danny elfman and Boingo fanatics out there, so deal with my recurring insanity and we'll get along fine!
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