Danny Elfman Shares First Solo Music In 36 Years, A Creepy Song He Wrote For Coachella
Iconic film composer and former Oingo Boingo leader Danny Elfman was supposed to play a special career-spanning set at Coachella this year. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But today, Elfman has announced that he’s signed to ANTI-/Epitaph to release his first solo music in 36 years, a creepy new single called “Happy,” which he wrote for that cancelled Coachella set.
“I originally wrote ‘Happy’ to perform at Coachella 2020. It was written to be an absurd anti-pop song, designed to begin as a very simple pop tune that degrades into something more subversive,” Elfman explains in a statement. “The cynical nature of the lyrics echo how I feel about living in a semi-dystopian world turned upside down.”
“I’m so happy — happy!” Elfman intones on the unnerving track. “Everything is crumbling, crumbling, crumbling.” The accompanying music video, directed by 3D artist Aron Johnson, distorts Elfman’s disembodied face into all kinds of grotesque shapes. Happy Halloween to you too, Danny Elfman! Watch and listen below.