Born the 29th of May, 1953 in Amarillo (my home state of) Texas, Danny Elfman was the son of a air force father, which means he was a military brat and moved around a lot as a child. This could partially explain his eccentric perspective, but it would take a child psychologist to explain that better than me. It wasn't until the early 1970s that he actually discovered his talent as a composer. His brother Richard Elfman started a performance art group in Paris, France called The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, and Danny was instrumental with the group from the start. Richard directed a movie called The Forbidden Zone and Danny composed the music for it. That started Danny on a wild journey as the leading lunatic for a fantastic band based loosely off the performing group: Oingo Boingo is Danny Elfman's legacy. He didn't stop there though. After Oingo Boingo went the distance and they did their swan song, Elfman went to Hollywood and became a motion picture score composer. He's done most of the scores for Tim Burton's movies, as well as The Simpsons theme song, other television shows, commercials and a bunch of other great shit. He's composed work for at least seventy films. Elfman is fantastic! I hear he's an asshole if you ever met him face to face, but what creative fruitcake isn't? He is a musical genius who has definitely earned his bullshit if ever anyone has.

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