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Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1978 until its breakup in 1995, and has since gone on to become one of the most sought-after film score composers working in Hollywood today. He has written the scores for numerous films (including Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Spider-Man, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Girl on the Train) as well as composing themes to several TV shows, including The Simpsons, Desperate Housewives, and Tales From The Crypt.
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- We don't wanna leave you, but...but we got to...wish this point right here, wish it could last forever right now! Yeah...it's kinda like one big orgasm!
- Spoken before the performance of Only A Lad from Oingo Boingo's farewell concert on October 31, 1995 (which was released on CD, VHS and DVD).
- You'll never get me into a tux. Not until I'm dead and I have no choice because that's what the undertaker put me in.
- From an interview in Entertainment Weekly #422, March 13, 1998.
- It'll say, 'Danny Elfman, who wrote the theme to 'The Simpsons,' etcetera...That's what I'll be remembered for.
- On what he believes will be his obituary, from the Los Angeles Times cover story, "A Different Beat", 1999.
- For a while, I was friends with Danny Elfman. He is certainly talented and has done some great music for film. But after talking with him several times when I was having trouble dealing with a movie producer or the agents that we shared, I realized his true genius was dealing with these people.
- John Lurie (2021). The History of Bones, Random House.