I’m taking this moment to wish an extremely happy 59th birthday to one of Hollywood’s most well-known musicians, and one of my all-time favorite voices: Mr. Danny Elfman! Even if, for some bizarre reason, his name doesn’t ring a bell with you, I guarantee that you’re familiar with his work. He’s been composing for movies and television since the late eighties/early nineties. Ever seen an episode of The Simpsons or Desperate Housewives? Yeah, he wrote the theme songs. Remember the 80s classic “Weird Science”? That’s him with his band, Oingo Boingo. He’s also composed a long, long list of movie scores, including most of Tim Burton’s films.
Today’s selection comes from one of my favorite movies, and easily the best Burton/Elfman project. The bonus is that, although Chris Sarandon provided the speaking voice for Jack Skellington, Elfman did his singing.
The movie Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The song: Jack’s Lament
Happy birthday, Danny Elfman! Here’s to many more, and to a lot more music!