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  • Real name : Daniel Robert Elfman
  • Date of birth : 29/05/1953

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  • Elfman Danny

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Danny Elfman (1953)

Daniel Robert Elfman

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Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman is an American composer, best known for scoring music for television and film and creating The Simpsons main title theme as well as the 1989 Batman movie theme. He was the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Oingo Boingo, from 1976 to 1995. He has scored majority of the films for his long-time friend Tim Burton.

Born in Los Angeles, he entered the film industry in 1976, initially as an actor. He made his film scoring début in in 1980 for the film Forbidden Zone directed by his older brother Richard Elfman. He has since been nominated for four Academy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Tim Burton's Batman and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme. Elfman was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 2002 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.

  Biography  

 early life and career
Elfman, who is Jewish, was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Blossom Elfman (née Bernstein), a writer and teacher, and Milton Elfman, a teacher who was in the Air Force. Elfman grew up in a racially mixed community in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles. He spent much of his time in the local movie theatre, adoring the music of such film composers as Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman.

Stating that he hung out with the "band nerds" in high school, he started a ska band. After dropping out of high school, he followed his brother Richard to France, where he performed with Le Grand Magic Circus, an avant-garde musical theater group. Violin in tow, Elfman next journeyed to Africa where he traveled through Ghana, Mali, and Upper Volta, absorbing new musical styles, including the Ghanaian highlife genre which would eventually influence his own music. Elfman contracted malaria during his one-year stay and was often sick. Eventually he returned home to the United States, where he began to take Balinese music lessons at the CalArts. During this time, he was romantically involved with Kim Gordon, who would later go on to form Sonic Youth. He was never officially a student at the institute, nonetheless, the instructor encouraged him to continue learning. Elfman stated, "He just laughed, and said, 'Sit. Play.' I continued to sit and play for a couple years." At this time, his brother was forming a new musical theater group, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. The group performed the music for Richard's debut feature film, Forbidden Zone. Danny Elfman composed his first score for the film and played the role of Satan. By the time the movie was completed, they had taken the name Oingo Boingo and begun recording and touring as a rock group.

 personal life
Elfman has three children: Lola, born in 1979; Mali, born in 1984; and Oliver, born in 2005. On November 29, 2003, Elfman married film actress Bridget Fonda. In 1997 he scored A Simple Plan - his only score for one of her films to date . He is the uncle of actor Bodhi Elfman who is married to actress Jenna Elfman, known most notably in her role as Dharma in the TV series Dharma and Greg.

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Name Duration Released
Drink Me 02:48 02/03/2010
The White Queen 00:36 02/03/2010
Blood of the Jabberwocky 02:37 02/03/2010
Doors 01:51 02/03/2010
Alice Escapes 01:07 02/03/2010
Going to Battle 02:41 02/03/2010
Proposal/Down the Hole 02:58 02/03/2010
Alice And Bayard's Journey 04:04 02/03/2010
Alice Decides 03:14 02/03/2010
Little Alice 01:34 02/03/2010
The Cheshire Cat 02:07 02/03/2010
Alice's Theme 05:07 02/03/2010
Finding Absolem 02:41 02/03/2010
Bandersnatched 02:42 02/03/2010
Alice Reprise #1 00:26 02/03/2010
The Dungeon 02:18 02/03/2010
Into the Garden 00:50 02/03/2010
Only a Dream 01:25 02/03/2010
Alice Returns 03:14 02/03/2010
Rock The Boat 03:20 2008
The Little Things 03:26 2008
Exterminator Beat 02:52 2008
Everyday People 02:23 2008
Fox's Story 03:29 2008
Queen Bitch 03:16 2008
Welcome to the Fraternity 04:28 2008
Fox in Control 02:16 2008
Fate 01:46 2008
The Scheme 01:44 2008
Breaking the Code 01:21 2008
Well Tempered Clavier 02:42 2008
Wesley's Office Life 05:15 2008
Fox's Decision 02:29 2008
Hello, Hello 02:26 2008
Fraternity Suite 03:28 2008
The Train 03:59 2008
You Make Me Feel 06:36 2008
Success Montage 03:32 2008
Rats 03:28 2008
Saddam’s Egg 03:30 2006
Unusual, Weird & Wrong 02:32 2006
The Wolf 01:11 2006
S.O.P. Theme #3: Feelings & Facts 05:26 2006
Dogs 03:42 2006
The Table Breaker 01:00 2006
The Shooter 03:26 2006
Story of the Ants 03:36 2006
Photos 02:56 2006
Gilligan 03:02 2006
The Infamous Pyramid 03:48 2006
What Is Going on Here? 02:32 2006
S.O.P. End Credits 01:26 2006
S.O.P. Theme #1: Standard Operating Procedure 05:56 2006
S.O.P. Theme #2: Amnesty 01:33 2006
Birdies 01:38 2006
Main Titles: Vacation in Iraq 02:07 2006
A Bad Feeling 02:22 2006
Moon Dance 01:28 20/09/2005
Barkis's Bummer 02:07 20/09/2005
Casting a Spell 01:25 20/09/2005
The Wedding Song 03:01 20/09/2005
Remains of the Day 03:26 20/09/2005
Victoria's Wedding 03:15 20/09/2005
Into the Forest 04:35 20/09/2005
New Arrival 00:42 20/09/2005
Victor's Piano Solo 01:18 20/09/2005
The Piano Duet 01:53 20/09/2005
According to Plan 03:45 20/09/2005
Victoria's Escape 02:31 20/09/2005
Ball & Socket Lounge Music #1 02:15 20/09/2005
Tears to Shed 02:45 20/09/2005
Bonus Tracks from Bonejangles and His Bone Boys 00:00 20/09/2005
Victor's Deception 04:00 20/09/2005
End Credits Part 1 01:50 20/09/2005
Wonka's Welcome Song 01:01 06/07/2005
Charlie's Birthday Bar 01:53 06/07/2005
The River Cruise, Pt. 2 01:56 06/07/2005
Wheels in Motion 03:17 06/07/2005
Up and Out 03:11 06/07/2005
The Indian Palace 03:16 06/07/2005
First Candy 01:21 06/07/2005
Wonka's First Shop 01:42 06/07/2005
The River Cruise 01:54 06/07/2005
Mike Teavee 01:32 06/07/2005
The Boat Arrives 01:15 06/07/2005
Veruca Salt 02:13 06/07/2005
Loompa Land 01:42 06/07/2005
Violet Beauregarde 02:08 06/07/2005
Chocolate Explorers 02:14 06/07/2005
End Credits Suite 07:01 06/07/2005
Augustus Gloop 03:10 06/07/2005
The Golden Ticket/Factory 03:03 06/07/2005
Charlie Declines 01:32 06/07/2005
Let's Work Together 03:13 23/12/2003
Return to Spectre 02:12 23/12/2003
Ramblin'Man 04:57 23/12/2003
Leaving Spectre 01:59 23/12/2003
Five O'Clock World 02:10 23/12/2003
The Growing Montage 02:40 23/12/2003
All Shook Up 01:58 23/12/2003
Sandra's Theme 02:22 23/12/2003
Twice the Love (Siamese Twin's Song) 01:49 23/12/2003
Everyday 02:09 23/12/2003
Underwater 01:53 23/12/2003
Sandra's Farewell 01:16 23/12/2003
Dinah 02:17 23/12/2003
Shoe Stealing 00:54 23/12/2003
In the Tub 01:18 23/12/2003
Man of the Hour 03:45 23/12/2003
Big Fish 04:32 23/12/2003
The Journey Home 02:10 23/12/2003
Pictures 00:45 23/12/2003
Rebuilding 01:18 23/12/2003
Costume Montaje 01:19 04/06/2002
Revelation 02:34 04/06/2002
This Photograph Is Proof 04:12 04/06/2002
Doc Ock Suite 03:53 04/06/2002
Transformations 03:31 04/06/2002
Specter Of The Goblin 02:14 04/06/2002
Woman 05:08 04/06/2002
Spidey Suite 04:01 04/06/2002
Main Title 03:30 04/06/2002
Parade Attack 02:47 04/06/2002
Gifts and Curses 05:08 04/06/2002
Someone to Die For 05:08 04/06/2002
Alone 03:29 04/06/2002
Hold On 04:03 04/06/2002
We Are 03:55 04/06/2002
City Montaje 07:10 04/06/2002
End Credits 01:54 04/06/2002
Did You 03:18 04/06/2002
The Night That the Lights Went Out in NYC 03:36 04/06/2002
Something's Different 01:36 04/06/2002
Farewell 03:11 04/06/2002
Ordinary 03:33 04/06/2002
Who I Am 03:15 04/06/2002
First Web 02:35 04/06/2002
Final Confrontation 07:19 04/06/2002
Vindicated 03:20 04/06/2002
Lucky You 04:25 04/06/2002
Revenge 04:09 04/06/2002
Getting Through 02:49 04/06/2002
Give It Up 03:42 04/06/2002
First Sighting 01:27 1996
Loving Heads 01:20 1996
Destructo X 01:17 1996
It's Not Unusual 01:59 1996
Return Message 02:17 1996
Indian Love Call 03:08 1996
Martian Lounge 02:54 1996
Ritchie's Speech 03:09 1996
Martian Madame 03:02 1996
New World 01:44 1996
State Adress 03:05 1996
Airfield Dilemma 02:05 1996
Ungodly Experiments 00:53 1996
The War Room 01:31 1996
The Landing 06:01 1996
Pursuit 02:55 1996
Christmas Eve Montage 04:43 1993
Re del Blu, Re del Mai 03:14 1993
Mister Bau Bau 03:17 1993
Town Meeting Song 02:56 1993
Sally's Song 01:47 1993
Questo è Halloween 03:16 1993
Il Prigioniero 03:04 1993
Tema finale 05:05 1993
What's This? 02:59 1993
Oogie Boogie's Song 03:17 1993
Far Natale 03:57 1993
Chiusura 01:26 1993
Doctor Finklestein/In the Forest 02:36 1993
Nabbed 03:04 1993
End Title 05:05 1993
Il Rapimento di Babbo Nachele 03:02 1993
Finale 02:44 1993
Jack's Lament 03:14 1993
Making Christmas 03:57 1993
Closing 01:26 1993
Jack e Sally 05:17 1993
La Liberazione di Babbo Nachele 03:38 1993
This is Halloween 03:16 1993
Kidnap the Sandy Claws 03:02 1993
Finale/Reprise 02:44 1993
Assemblea Cittadina 02:56 1993
Povero Jack 02:31 1993
Opening 00:57 1993
Jack's Obsession 02:46 1993
To the Rescue 03:38 1993
Cos'è 03:05 1993
La Vigilia di Natale 04:43 1993
Overture 01:48 1993
Poor Jack 02:31 1993
Dottor Finkelstein 02:36 1993
La Canzone di Sally 01:47 1993
Jack and Sally Montage 05:17 1993
Opening Titles 03:09 23/06/1992
The Rise... 01:41 23/06/1992
The Finale 02:19 23/06/1992
Birth of a Penguin 02:27 23/06/1992
Batman vs. the Circus 02:35 23/06/1992
Selina's Electrocution 02:40 23/06/1992
Cat Suite 05:42 23/06/1992
Penguin Army 04:54 23/06/1992
The Cemetery 02:55 23/06/1992
The Children's Hour 01:41 23/06/1992
Selina Transforms 04:16 23/06/1992
Wild Ride 03:34 23/06/1992
Selina Kyle 01:11 23/06/1992
Rooftops 04:19 23/06/1992
The Lair 04:49 23/06/1992
Sore Spots 02:16 23/06/1992
To the Present 00:57 23/06/1992
...and Fall From Grace 04:08 23/06/1992
Face to Face 04:17 23/06/1992
Etiquette Lesson 01:38 13/12/1990
Ice Dance 01:45 13/12/1990
Ballet De Suburbia 01:17 13/12/1990
The Cookie Factory 02:14 13/12/1990
Beautiful New World / Home Sweet Home 02:05 13/12/1990
Castle On The Hill 06:25 13/12/1990
Storytime 02:35 13/12/1990
Introduction 02:36 13/12/1990
Edward The Barber 03:19 13/12/1990
Breathless' Theme 02:13 1990
The Chase 02:57 1990
Crime Spree 01:54 1990
Blank Gets the Goods 02:25 1990
After the Kid 01:45 1990
The Story Unfolds 01:59 1990
Meet the Blank 01:43 1990
Breathless Comes On 02:54 1990
Slimy D.A. 01:41 1990
Tess' Theme 01:09 1990
Big Boy/Bad Boys 02:10 1990
Showdown/Reunited 04:07 1990
Clown Attack 01:45 1989
Love Theme 01:29 1989
Flowers 01:50 1989
Childhood Remembered 02:42 1989
Kitchen, Surgery, Face-Off 03:09 1989
The Joker's Poem 00:58 1989
Roof Fight 01:21 1989
The Bat Cave 02:34 1989
Batman Theme Reprise 01:24 1989
The Batman Theme 02:38 1989
Descent Into Mystery 01:32 1989
Waltz To The Death 03:56 1989
Photos / Beautiful Dreamer 02:30 1989
Up The Cathedral 05:06 1989
Roasted Dude 01:01 1989
Attack Of The Batwing 04:46 1989
Batman To The Rescue 03:57 1989
Charge Of The Batmobile 01:42 1989
The Fly 00:50 07/06/1988
The Incantation 03:11 07/06/1988
Enter... "The Family" / Sand Worm Planet 02:50 07/06/1988
Day-O 03:05 07/06/1988
The Book! / Obituaries 01:30 07/06/1988
The Flier / Lydia's Pep Talk 01:25 07/06/1988
Jump In Line (Shake, Shake Señora) 03:08 07/06/1988
Travel Music 01:07 07/06/1988
Sold 00:35 07/06/1988
The Aftermath 01:21 07/06/1988
Beetle-Snake 02:08 07/06/1988
The Wedding 02:02 07/06/1988
Juno's Theme 00:48 07/06/1988
Laughs 02:33 07/06/1988
In The Model 01:37 07/06/1988
Showtime! 01:05 07/06/1988
Lydia Discovers? 00:59 07/06/1988
Lydia Strikes A Bargain... 00:54 07/06/1988
Park Ride 01:14 1985
Breakfast Machine 02:36 1985
The Drive-In 02:02 1985
Overture/The Big Race 03:07 1985
Studio Chase 01:24 1985
Clown Dream 01:58 1985
Simone's Theme 01:35 1985
Dinosaur Dream 00:48 1985
Hitchhike 00:56 1985
Stolen Bike 01:44 1985
Go Away 04:00
Cool City 03:26
Gratitude 05:11
Everybody Needs 03:50
Lightning 03:44
Tough as Nails 04:35
Last Time 04:07
It Only Makes Me Laugh 04:03
Sucker for Mystery 05:15

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