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 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

What do you think?



“I originally wrote ‘Happy’ to perform at Coachella 2020,” Elfman said in a statement. “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. The cynical nature of the lyrics echo how I feel about living in a semi-dystopian world turned upside down.”

https://pitchfork.com/news/watch-danny-elfmans-video-for-happy-his-first-new-solo-song-in-36-years/




"Happy" by Danny Elfman
Stream & download: https://dannyelfman.ffm.to/happy

Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Produced by Danny Elfman and Randall Dunn
Engineered by Noah Snyder

Vocals, Guitars & Synths by Danny Elfman
Drums - Josh Freese
Guitars - Nili Brosh
Bass - Stu Brooks

Additional Synth design by Randall Dunn

“HAPPY” VIDEO & ARTWORK
Directed by Aron Johnson
Art Direction by Berit Gwendolyn Gilma
3d Photography: Sarah Sitkin

Orchestrated by Steve Bartek
Midi Prep – Marc Mann and Orlando Perez Rosso
Copyist – Scott McRae
Orchestra - Budapest Scoring Orchestra
Orchestra Producer - Bálint Sapszon

Mixed by Randall Dunn at Strange Weather Recording
Assisted by Ben Greenberg and Garrett de Block
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen Mastering

Executive Produced by Laura Engel
Project Produced by Melisa McGregor

Danny Elfman’s Representation - Kraft-Engel Management

Lyrics

I’m so happy— Happy!
I’m so happy— Happy!
I’m so happy— Happy!

Everything is crumbling (crumbling,crumbling)
Everything is crumbling (crumbling,crumbling)
Everything is crumbling (crumbling,crumbling)

Happy! - Happy! - Happy! - Happy! - Happy! - Happy! -

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Choose your Poison - Poison!
Choose your Poison - Poison!
Choose your Poison - Poison!

Everything is shutting down (shutting down, shutting down)
Everything is shutting down (shutting down, shutting down)
Everything is shutting down (shutting down, shutting down)

Poison - Poison - Happy! - Happy! - Happy! - Happy! -

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EAT (Eat) - FLY (Fly) - SILENCE (Silence) - JOY (Joy)
CAT (Cat) - SEQUENCE (Sequence) - FUTURE (Future) - PUPPY (Mother fucking puppy)
MY (My) - OWN (Own) - MOTHER (Mother) - FUCKING (Mother fucking)
LIFE - BURNED DOWN LIKE A HOLE IN THE WARM SOFT GROUND

HOUSE - CHILD - HAPPY - FEAR
Of my — own — voice
Concentrating on flies
Fill me up - knock me down
Take my hand, in my hand, and my eloquent knife
Through my heart — through my heart
Straight through my mother — mother fucking

Heart belongs to you - My Heart belongs to you..

Puppy, Puppy, Puppy, Puppy.

Eyes for an eye, eye for an eye —
Tickety-tackety, tickety-tackety

Eye for an eye, Tooth for a tooth —
It’s never enough, but it’s never the truth
Life is a treat so pretty and pink.

Youth is wasted on the mother,
Youth is, youth is wasted on the mother,
Youth is wasted on the mother fucking,
Wasted on the mother fucking youth.

I’m so happy — Happy!
I’m so happy — Happy!

Snap chat- Rotting rats- Minecraft- Cheerios
Netfiix- Bag of tricks- soothe my soul

My anesthesiologist is fucking my psychiatrist
And I feel no pain- cover me with Lidocane
I'm so happy everything's so great
And the world is an oyster on an appetizer plate.

Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy

Offiicial Site: https://www.dannyelfman.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dannyelfman/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannyelfman
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dannyelfman/

#dannyelfman #antirecords #epitaph

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

So this is different from the song in Summer School. Huh.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

First impression = Not great.
No real hook that I liked, too repetitive and downbeat.
But thanks for bringing it to my attention, Jason.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   bigjimwilson   (Member)

I'm not a huge fan, but I utterly adore the fact that Elfman has this sort of thing in him. Diversity is something I've been giving a lot of thought to lately when it comes to composers working today, and Danny's got bucket loads. We don't always have to like it, but I love that it's all there.

I was very pleasantly surprised to see it's Stu Brooks on Bass. Great player, I toured with him about 10 years ago. Not at all jealous that he's working with Danny. Not one bit smile

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

I'd enjoy it more as an instrumental.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Leave it to me to be properly enthusiastic, then!

It's great mish-mash of Elfmanisms - a little bit of NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, a little bit of Philip Glass-ian minimalism and a little bit of punkish New Wave, Boingo-style. Love the dark, industrial synth beat too.

More, please!

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2021 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)




"Sorry" by Danny Elfman
Stream & download: https://dannyelfman.ffm.to/sorry

Animation by Jesse Kanda
Art Direction and production by Berit Gwendolyn Gilma
Videographer: Melisa McGregor
Make-up & Hair: Lizbeth Williamson

Note: This work was originally created as a visual for the live performance of the song “Sorry” for Coachella 2020.

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Official Site: https://www.dannyelfman.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dannyelfman/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannyelfman
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dannyelfman/

Epitaph Records is an artist-first indie label founded in Los Angeles by Bad Religion guitarist, Brett Gurewitz. Early releases from a variety of punk heavyweights helped launch the 90s punk explosion. Along the way, Epitaph has grown and evolved creatively while sticking to its mission of helping real artists make great recordings on their own terms.

#dannyelfman #antirecords #epitaph

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Music & Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Produced by Danny Elfman
Recorded and co-produced by Noah Snyder
Mixed by Zakk Cervini
Mix Assistant: Nik Trekov
Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound

Vocals, Guitars & Synths by Danny Elfman
Drums - Josh Freese
Guitars - Robin Finck & Nili Brosh
Bass - Stu Brooks
Percussion and Additional Drums – Sidney Hopson

Orchestration by Steve Bartek and Mikel Hurwitz
Choir orchestration by Marc Mann
Midi Prep – Orlando Perez Rosso
Copyist – Scott McRae

Executive Produced by Laura Engel
Project Produced by Melisa McGregor

Danny Elfman’s Representation - Kraft-Engel Management

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“Sorry” - Lyrics by Danny Elfman

I’m So Sorry…

There isn't time – for revolution
There isn't time – to evolutionize or hide
Those things most precious - Our most precious
Things that got erased, corrupted, infiltrated
I'm so sorry – I'm so sorry

I’m gonna try, I’m gonna try
To get away from your compelling
Mist of lies and misconceptions
No protection, no escape
Where I will never have to see your fucking face
You suffocate me

I can’t breathe while you’re alive
I can’t breathe while you’re alive
You suffocate, you suffocate
And I’m so sorry that I didn’t die
Or just evaporate into a toxic cloud

It's gonna break – it's gotta break,
It's made of glass, it's gonna break
And all the hate that you collected
And infused into protected piles of shit
Glass eyed devotees will flock to your gates
your house is on fire- your house is on fire

Pull it forward – pull it back
Your eyes are empty, cold and black
We gotta break it, we gotta break it
We gotta break that fucking jack whip
on a broken hip – my life is a joke if I can't even breathe .

Sorry you exist because you suck the fucking air out of my lungs
I am not afraid to die – still alive, still alive
And I won't let you bury me

© 2021 Danny Elfman, under exclusive license to Anti
Music & lyrics published by Morte Pharmaceutical Music (BMI)

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2021 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   darthbrett   (Member)

Love that he is releasing some new songs! Very Oingo Boingoish, so I think it's great! Guess this may be the closest we come to getting any new Oingo Boingo material.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2021 - 1:54 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It's more Boingo than Oingo Boingo -- both of these are a natural continuation of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers/Ninch Inch Nails-type sound that defined their last album in '94 (the children's chorus in "Sorry" brings the children's chorus in "Insanity" to mind). Only darker. Personally, I wish he went back to his funkier and cleaner New Wave roots a bit more, rather than being all grungey and metally and fussy, but I'm just thankful we're getting new rock songs from him. Would be awesome if these singles amounted to a whole allbum at some point.

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2021 - 2:06 AM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

Absolutely love it, thanks for posting this Jason. Looks like Danny is planning to release new singles on the 11th of every month this year, so plenty for an album. Looking forward to the next one.

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2021 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

John Powell says


So I know I wasn’t gonna post for a bit but Danny Elfman just released a new track “Sorry”, and as Holly Sedillos is singing on it, I gave it a few listens.

Thus, a mental spiral of questions started to draw me in. How did he come up with something so unusual? How did he get the energy to make such vibrant music at a time like this? How does this song work so damn well?! The answers only spawned more questions. Clearly, Danny is really good at communicating ANGER, so how does he do it in a way that makes us all so damn HAPPY when we hear it? Were I able to make music that so clearly expressed MY anger, I feel it would merely provoke despair in the listener - a cruel use of music.

So the lesson here is - and I’ve harped on about this before - Paradox. A great artist can show us two opposing ideas simultaneously, making them resonate together, helping us understand our love of life - its unlikely, clattering, painful, repetitive, unique yet sensual joys. And I’ve never been so happy to hear someone screaming “I’m sorry you exist because you suck the fucking air out of my lungs”


https://www.facebook.com/johnpowellmusic/posts/2784361238453827

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2021 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

It's more Boingo than Oingo Boingo -- both of these are a natural continuation of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers/Ninch Inch Nails-type sound that defined their last album in '94 (the children's chorus in "Sorry" brings the children's chorus in "Insanity" to mind). Only darker.

I thought the same thing. I love that Boingo album.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2021 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)



"Love In The Time Of Covid" by Danny Elfman
Stream & download: https://dannyelfman.ffm.to/littoc?

Director: Sven Gutjahr
Created by Berit Gwendolyn Gilma & Sven Gutjahr
Producer: Berit Gwendolyn Gilma
Production Manager: Philip Treschan

Featuring: Dæmon Clelland aka SHREK 666
Co-performer: Carra

Art direction: Berit Gwendolyn Gilma
Cinematography: Sven Gutjahr
1st AC: Philip Treschan
Set design: Joan Ling-Li Nesbit-Chang
Gaffer: Esra Tanriverdi
Character design & prosthetics: Dæmon Clelland
Make-up: Leana Ardeleanu
Custome design: Dæmon Clelland & Joan Ling-Li Nesbit-Chang
Choreographer: Franka Marlene Foth

Insert performer: Danny Elfman
Videographer additional footage: Melisa McGregor
Make-up additional footage: Lizbeth Williamson

Casting assistance: Roberta Caminneci
Pizza boy: Alexander Elschner-Linda
Cat: Mango

Strip Club: Angels Berlin
Filmed in Berlin, 2021

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Official Site: https://www.dannyelfman.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dannyelfman/?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannyelfman?
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dannyelfman/?

Epitaph Records is an artist-first indie label founded in Los Angeles by Bad Religion guitarist, Brett Gurewitz. Early releases from a variety of punk heavyweights helped launch the 90s punk explosion. Along the way, Epitaph has grown and evolved creatively while sticking to its mission of helping real artists make great recordings on their own terms.

#dannyelfman? #antirecords? #epitaph?

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Music & Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Produced by Danny Elfman
Recorded by Noah Snyder
Additional Engineering: Nick Rives & Matt Tuggle
Mixed by Zakk Cervini
Mix Assistant: Nik Trekov
Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound

Vocals, Guitars & Synths by Danny Elfman
Drums - Josh Freese
Guitars - Nili Brosh
Bass - Stu Brooks
Percussion – Sidney Hopson
Strings – Lyris Quartet

String Orchestration by Steve Bartek
Orchestration Assistant - Marc Mann
Midi Prep – Orlando Perez Rosso

Executive Produced by Laura Engel
Project Produced by Melisa McGregor

Danny Elfman’s Representation - Kraft-Engel Management

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"Love In The Time Of Covid" - Lyrics by Danny Elfman

Living a life in a nutshell – Living a life in a nutshell
Stay inside and you’ll do well – break any rules and they might tell

World outside is humming -- The mountain goats are sunning
This shit ain’t no fun, open the door and run….

Now nobody likes you, what a shame
Now nobody likes you, now nobody likes you…
Ooh, she likes me – ooh, she likes me, messages excite me
Ooh she likes me….

Love in the time of Covid (x4)

Keeping it, keeping it all inside (x3)
I want to see you, I want to see you
Without your clothes, without your skin
Without your skin – Without your skin
Sinning, sinning, sinning - Zoom me at midnight

I want to see you – without your clothes, without your skin
I want to see you – without your skin without your skin

Living a life in a nutshell, staying inside is a tough sell
Sniffing around for some intel - if I run out of buds it’ll be hell
Outside birds are singing - church bells are ringing
I’m filling up with feeling - open the door and run

Now nobody likes me (Nobody likes you) (x4)

Ooh, she likes me - her videos excite me,
Under the virtual moonlight, we got a date at midnight

Love in the time of Covid (x4)

Watching the cat, watching the cat,
Bouncing off the walls (I feel like that) - let’s make a rendezvous
It’s almost like having you in the room,
I want to have sex (too soon) - I can almost feel you
Starting to spin, staring to spin
Looking up, looking out, looking in
I’d give the world just to touch your skin.

© 2021 Danny Elfman, under exclusive license to Epitaph / Anti
Music & lyrics published by Morte Pharmaceutical Music (BMI)

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Next song is here



"Kick Me" by Danny Elfman
Stream & Download: https://dannyelfman.ffm.to/kickme?

Director - Petros Papahadjopoulos
DP - Meeno Peluce
3D CREATURE FX - Joe Pascale
Production Company - Louder Than Bombs
Make Up & Hair - Lizbeth Williamson
Assistant - Damian Lang
Edit/After Effects - Petros Papahadjopoulos
Creative Contributor: Berit Gwendolyn Gilma

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Official Site: https://www.dannyelfman.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dannyelfman/?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannyelfman?
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dannyelfman/?

Epitaph Records is an artist-first indie label founded in Los Angeles by Bad Religion guitarist, Brett Gurewitz. Early releases from a variety of punk heavyweights helped launch the 90s punk explosion. Along the way, Epitaph has grown and evolved creatively while sticking to its mission of helping real artists make great recordings on their own terms.

#dannyelfman? #antirecords? #epitaph?

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Music & Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Produced by Danny Elfman
Recorded by Noah Snyder
Additional Engineering - Nick Rives & Matt Tuggle
Mixed by Pete Rutcho
Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound

Vocals, Guitars & Synths by Danny Elfman
Drums - Josh Freese
Bass - Stu Brooks
Guitar – Warren Fitzgerald
Percussion - Sidney Hopson and Joe Martone
Strings – The Lyris Quartet

String Orchestration by Steve Bartek
Assistant Orchestrator - Marc Mann
Midi Prep - Orlando Perez Rosso
Technical Assistant - Giacomo Lamparelli

Executive Producer - Laura Engel
Project Producer - Melisa McGregor

Danny Elfman’s Representation - Kraft-Engel Management

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"Kick Me" - Lyrics by Danny Elfman

Kick me I‘m a celebrity, kick me I‘m a celebrity (X2)
Losers not invited, losers not invited
Kick me I‘m a celebrity, kick me I‘m a celebrity (X2)
Losers not invited, losers not invited

Look now everybody can see, look now everybody can see
Love me, love me

Kick me, I‘m an arrogant, prick me I‘m an arrogant (X2)
I‘m a selfish asshole, I‘m a selfish asshole

Kick me I‘m a royalty, kick me I‘m a royalty (X2)
Poverty disgusts me, poverty disgusts me
But I‘m such a likable guy, but I‘m such a likable guy
Love me, love me

I‘m a lovely guy, I‘m a lovely guy, kick it, kick it
So I know you‘re there
I do appreciate you as I would a chair
So I can sit and you and you will see
How much that you depend on me
I, love it when you, love it when you, really love it when you
Treat me like a scumbag, treat me like a scumbag

Fuck me I‘m a billionaire, fuck me I‘m a billionaire (X2)
I love the attention, I love the attention
Kick me I‘m a celebrity, kick me I‘m a celebrity (X2)
Losers not invited, losers not invited
I‘m such a sensitive guy, I‘m such a sensitive guy
Love me, love me

Kick it, kick it, kit it, kit it
Love me, love me, love me, love me, love me
Kick it, kick it, kick it, kick it, kick it, kick it, kick it
Love me, love me, love me, love me, love

© 2021 Danny Elfman, under exclusive license to Epitaph / Anti
Music & lyrics published by Morte Pharmaceutical Music (BMI)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I love Elfman and Boingo but these are some of the worst songs I've ever heard.
It just sounds like angry rantings from someone who ain't dealing with lockdown very well to me.
There's no hook or melody line for me to grasp onto whatsoever.
It's just too abrasive and off-putting.
Happy for those who can get something from these though.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   AdoKrycha007   (Member)

Danny, give me your cocaine dealer & shrink telephone numbers !

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I like the guts and energy in this project. To be fair, it's only really "Happy" that I've thoroughly enjoyed so far, but I think this will work pretty well in unison when the whole album comes together at some point. In any case, it's a thousand times more exciting than any blockbuster or superhero score.

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2021 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)



Producer: Danny Elfman
Engineer: Noah Snyder
Engineer: Nick Rives
Engineer: Matt Tuggle
Mixer: Joel Hamilton
Mixer: Francisco Botero
Music Publisher: Morte Pharmaceutical Music (BMI)
Composer Lyricist: Danny Elfman

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2021 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)


After releasing a series of singles over the past few months, Danny Elfman is announcing his first solo album in thirty-seven years today, titled Big Mess.

Clocking in at 18 tracks, the sprawling, ambitious double album finds the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer breaking bold new ground as both a writer and a performer, drawing on a dystopian palette of distorted electric guitars, industrial synthesizers and orchestra in an effort to exorcise the demons brought about by four years of creeping fascism and civil rot. He is joined on the album by drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Wheezer, The Vandals), bassist Stu Brooks (Dub Trio, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill), and guitarists Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N' Roses) and Nili Brosh (Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert).

Big Mess was almost entirely created spontaneously during quarantine in 2020. It began as an experiment Elfman had been considering which combined aggressive rock band and orchestral strings in a way that had not been heavily explored. "Once I began writing," he explained, "It was like opening a Pandora's box and I found I couldn't stop. None of it was planned. I had no idea how many songs I would write but from the start it quickly became a 2-sided project with heavily contrasting and even conflicting tones."

The songs on Big Mess combine both harmonically complex arrangements and simple high energy driving music with biting, acerbic wit as they reckon with the chaos and confusion of the modern world. "2020 was an intense year, to say the very least," Elfman says. And while the anger, frustration, and isolation of it all is palpable in his delivery, Big Mess is about more than simply blowing off steam. In making the space to truly sit with his emotions and write without limitations, Elfman achieved a kind of artistic liberation on the record that had been eluding him for decades, rediscovering his voice and reinventing himself all at once in the process.

Elfman isn't shy about using that voice to share his mind, either. Big Mess is an often explicitly political record- "Choose Your Side", "Serious Ground" and "Sorry" all anchor themselves in the political intensity of our times. Even a reworked Oingo Boingo song, "Insects", transforms itself into a meditation on the greed and sickness of the American ruling class-but Big Mess is also a deeply personal work, with songs like the droning "In Time", the haunting "We Belong", and feverish "Everybody Loves You" revealing more of Danny Elfman than we've heard at any stage of his remarkably eclectic career.

"I knew from the start that this wasn't going to be a neat, easy-to-categorize record," says Elfman. "It was always destined to be this crazy cacophony, because that's who I am. The Big Mess is me."

The album artwork was also created by Sarah Sitkin from a series of 3-D body scans and designed and art directed by Berit Gwendolyn Gilma.

Elfman is also releasing a stunning, limited edition Big Mess box set this fall. This collector's edition contains the full album along with unreleased remixes and alternate versions of songs. Additionally, the package will include collectable artwork, a unique USB with video content and bonus material, and an exclusive artbook featuring Sarah Sitkin's original creations and never before seen photos and ephemera. More details and information to come.


https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Danny-Elfman-Announces-New-Album-Big-Mess-20210412



Big Mess Cover Artwork:



Big Mess Tracklist:

1. Sorry
2. True
3. In Time
4. Everybody Loves You
5. Dance With the Lemurs
6. Serious Ground
7. Choose Your Side
8. We Belong
9. Happy
10. Just a Human
11. Devil Take Away
12. Love in the Time of Covid
13. Native Intelligence
14. Better Times
15. Cruel Compensation
16. Kick Me
17. Get Over It
18. Insects

https://ourculturemag.com/2021/04/12/danny-elfman-announces-new-album-big-mess-shares-new-single-true

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

New interviews/articles about the album:

https://www.spin.com/2021/06/danny-elfman-big-mess/
https://www.theringer.com/music/2021/6/10/22526858/danny-elfman-big-mess-interview-oingo-boingo
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/danny-elfman-interview-big-mess-album-b1861671.html

 
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