Before he became one of the most dependably inventive composers in the world of film scores, Danny Elfman was the frontman for the arty new-wave goofballs Oingo Boingo. That band broke up in 1995, when Elfman’s composer career was already in full swing, and earlier this month, Elfman returned to the stage to give his first live vocal performance since the band’s final show. An orchestral program called “Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films Of Tim Burton” debuted at London’s Royal Albert Hall before running in a few other UK venues. It involved the BBC Concert Orchestra and Maida Vale Singers performing some of Elfman’s most iconic film music, and it ended with Elfman himself onstage. Elfman did the singing for the Jack Skellington character in 1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Elfman sang some of those songs with the orchestra, showing the same hammy stage presence he had with Oingo Boingo all those years ago. Watch a fan-made video below.
(via Slicing Up Eyeballs)
The show comes to Club Nokia in Los Angeles 10/29-31.