About Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman is a composer and the former frontman of New Wave band Oingo Boingo.
∙ When he was 18, he visited his brother in France, where he joined a musical theater troupe, playing the violin as a street performer.
∙ In the ’80s and early ’90s, he fronted Oingo Boingo, a new wave band evolved from Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, a quirky cabaret group for which he was the musical director.
∙ Elfman scored his first film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, the same year that Oingo Boingo had their first big hit—“Weird Science,” from the movie of the same name.
∙ His Emmy-nominated theme song for The Simpsons was approved to be recorded the same day that he composed and demoed the tune.
∙ Elfman has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including twice in the Best Original Score category.
∙ He has worked on music for 17 Tim Burton films, resulting in a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition (“The Batman Theme”) and three Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Score.
∙ In addition to his TV and movie soundtrack work, Elfman has composed a full percussion concerto for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
∙ Just in time for Halloween in 2020, Elfman released “Happy,” his first non-score solo single in 36 years.
BORNMay 29, 1953