Talk:Danny Elfman

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Charlie Chaplin reference[edit]

I don't get the reference to C.C. being a hummer. What's the connection? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:30, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

I'm not sure what it means either. Especially maybe because I'm German. What I get from the context is that C. C. let others write his works and pretend it was his own and Danny Elfman is accused here to do the same: not writing the music, but saying it's his own? Just as a thought. -- termi 01:17, 8 March 2008 (CEST)


Elfman was beheaded by Chris Griffin in the 'Blue Harvest' Star Wars episode of 'Family Guy'. Who knows why, maybe a friendly ongoing feud with The Simpsons... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:36, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

"Burton has made five films without Elfman...."[edit]

Is there any way we could also get a list of Burton's favorite foods and maybe even a list various jobs Michael Keaton has done before Batman in the DANNY ELFMAN ARTICLE? Why the hell is this even in here? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:35, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

Danny Elfman's career has been defined in some ways by Tim Burton's, and vice versa. The information is valid (though perhaps it could be rewritten). You need to calm down a little bit. =David(talk)(contribs) 17:14, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

The Doors[edit]

My boss tells me that he was a roadie for The Doors. Is this true? Where would this fall in his biography?--In Defense of the Artist (talk) 15:41, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

Spiderman 3[edit]

I know he barely contributed but I think we should list it in his "filmographies". maybe a parenthases saying (collaboration with christopher young). whddya think? (talk) 01:15, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Important Works[edit]

He did the vocals on the track 'The Little Things' from the Wanted movie. How about a mention? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:54, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Should there not be at least a mention of So Lo, which was issued under his name?
Also, his pedophile song with Oingo Boingo- their most famous is never mentioned. "I love little girls" — Preceding unsigned comments added by (talk) 18:07, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

1998 Psycho credit and Pee Wees Big adventure are not on here why? please add them for I am not good at editing on here please and thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:40, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Elfman wrote the original music in Burton's Beetlejuice, which is a relatively well-regarded film (as of this writing, it is in the 100 best horror movies according to rotten tomatoes). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mvaintrob (talkcontribs) 09:45, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Personal Life section deleted[edit]

Under WP:Biographies of Living Persons, I've deleted the entire Personal section. The only source used did not mention any children or Elfman's marriage. Feel free to restore the information but only in keeping with information from authoritative sources, as required by the BLP guidelines. Allreet (talk) 23:30, 24 April 2009 (UTC)


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This was the image, I'm uncertain why it doesn't work - though I hope it will soon be fixed. Maybe someone more skilled than I can deal with the coding. Thanks, TheFireTones 18:30, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Relationship with Tim Burton[edit]

I think that this section could stand revision; especially surrounding the disagreement between Burton and Elfman. "Having a fight" is not a good way to write that. It's too broad and almost makes their relationship sound more romantic than professional. If possible, you should try to be more specific. Was it a creative disagreement? Did one of them do something to the other? Was it a brutal fistfight? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:17, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Confusing sentence[edit]

This article states:

Stating that he hung out with the "band nerds" in high school, he started a ska band.

I'm guessing that this is supposed to read something like

During high school, Elfman, who says he hung out with the "band nerds"[citation needed], started a ska band.

Do we have a citation for this purported quote? Michael Slone (talk) 01:32, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

What's the definition of "ska band", for those of us who are not "band nerds"? There's no "ska band" article on WP in order to look it up. Thanks, Wordreader (talk) 22:46, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
A "ska band" would be a band that plays ska music, for which there is an article -- Foetusized (talk) 23:44, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

Musical Influences[edit]

There's no mention here of John Adams. I don't know of a specific source which states this relationship exists, but the influence is so clearly apparent in his work, surely some source must exist which states this obvious fact? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:20, 28 April 2010

Listening to Elfman scores, I would be very much surprised if klezmer did not play a major role among his musical influences. Anybody know anything about that? --BjKa (talk) 22:13, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

At least I'm not the only one of this opinion: This webpage talks of Elfman routinely "borrowing from klezmer and big-band jazz". It would be nice if we had a more quotable source, so we can add this information to the article. --BjKa (talk) 22:30, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

Tim Burton[edit]

Tim Burton is mentioned as the director of Batman Forever, which was directed by Joel Schumacher. Tim Burton was actually director of Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), both of which had Danny Elfman as responsible for the soundtrack. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:16, 16 July 2010 (UTC)


Los Angeles or Amarillo, Texas? I can find both listed in different online references. Right now, one is in the infobox and the other is in the article with a citation -- Foetusized (talk) 14:06, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

Table of works[edit]

I've created additional rows into the sortable table and aligned score album information to the right to show which of the movies had score albums released. If anyone can, please explain to me what 'score album' means — Is it an album containing the whole score music recording composed for the film, or it it something like musical/note sheets, because these can be formatted as 'paper albums'? If you have an answer, feel free to notify me. -Mardus (talk) 06:56, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

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No Simpsons/Beetlejuice/Back To the Future/etc. but 'Oingo Boingo'??[edit]

I rarely comment on the matters of prioritization (I contribute more in multimedia), but the intro is so poorly written in that it misses his most well known compositions. No user is going to be like 'Hey, that's the lead singer of Oingo Boingo!' Opertinicy (talk) 02:59, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

@Opertinicy: The lead is very poor, I agree. I plan to work on this article at some point and will refactor the lead to reflect the body more appropriately. --Laser brain (talk) 13:37, 14 March 2017 (UTC)


I'm wondering: Should the genres for Elfman's article be only those of his solo works (film scores)? I note that it includes "ska" which is definitely sourced but is used to describe Oingo Boingo's music. I'm thinking those genres should be at Oingo Boingo and those here should be limited to the ones that describe his solo work. Thoughts? --Laser brain (talk) 03:06, 17 March 2017 (UTC)