Citing influences that include Harry Partch, Kurt Weill, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, and Cab Calloway, versatile film composer Danny Elfman is best known for his fantastical collaborations with director Tim Burton. After writing his first score for the 1980 musical/fantasy/comedy Forbidden Zone, he went on to create one of the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary screen music, bringing his talents to a dark fantasy world populated by superheroes (Justice League), monsters (Hellboy: The Golden Army), and freaks (Edward Scissorhands). Originally a street-theater musician, he concurrently led the new wave band Oingo Boingo, whose eclectic mix of pop, ska, rock, and world music spanned 17 years and spawned the mid-'80s hits "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science." In 1990, Elfman was nominated for an Emmy for iconic main ...
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