Danny Elfman, King of Spooky Music!
HAPPY NEW YEAR from LOVECRAFT!!! For this Wickedpedia Wednesday we found it only appropriate to address arguably the greatest duo in horror movie + music creation EVER!! Danny Elfman was a horror-themed music powerhouse before he was the spooky music LEGEND that he is now. As the front man for the cabaret-turned-ska band Oingo Boingo, Elfman reeled off numerous macabre-fueled hits for movie soundtracks such as “Weird Science” for the movie of the same title, “Dead Man’s Party” for Rodney Dangerfield’s classic “Back To School” and “On The Outside” for Paul Mazurksy’s 1982 interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless “Tempest”. Elfman befriended one of the band’s fans, a young relatively unknown filmmaker by the name of Tim Burton, but was initially reluctant to collaborate because of his own lack of formal training in film scoring. In time, the two teamed up on what became some of Burton’s biggest films, from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure to Beetlejuice to Edward Scissorhands, and horror movie soundtracks and spooky theme songs haven’t been the same since. We BOW to you, Danny Elfman, the TRUE KING OF SPOOKY MUSIC!