DANNY ELFMAN Mars Attacks! (1996), Men In Black – The Score (1997) & Planet Of The Apes (2001)

Mars Attacks (1996)
Men In Black – The Score (1997)
Planet Of The Apes (2001)
Three Sci-Fi Soundtracks From Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman

In our ongoing quest to repair deleted links, we’ve re-upped all of our soundtrack posts (see below) and are newly posting this trio of sci-fi scores from ex-Oingo Boingo frontman, Danny Elfman, to draw attention to the archives. Elfman’s early works with director Tim Burton are filled with dark, freewheeling, calliope weirdness that has helped to shape Burton’s bizarre imagery in films like Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Sissorhands and others. The scores are often broad, colorful palates that display a sensitive wit and emotional depth. His later work has been tempered a bit by the demands of the other directors he’s worked with, sometimes sounding like more conventional soundtracks, but still greased with Elfman’s offbeat humor and expertise. Mars Attacks! and Planet Of The Apes are both Burton films as well. And, if you’ve got a spare $630 lying around, you can pick up the Elfman/Burton 25th Anniversary 16 CD Box Set (with rarities, outtakes and an elaborate box). Yeah… that’s almost $40 a disc. We suggest going the used route. We didn’t bother with listing the titles for these just to save a little space. Mars, Men and Apes are all at Amazon.



We’re now just getting a lot of our links back up and running. Here’s what we have in the soundtrack section, in case you haven’t looked lately. Lots of cool stuff, including old sci-fi/monster scores (Godzilla, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Outer Limits), a collection of five Twin Peaks releases (Angelo Badalementi & David Lynch), four classic Ennio Morricone spaghetti westerns, a handful of “albums” that double as soundtracks (or vice versa… The Monkees’ Head, George Harrison’s Wonderwall Music, James Brown’s The Payback & others) and even some classic Warner Bros. cartoon music. Whatever you do, don’t miss the 4CDs of Twilight Zone music (or the Grateful Dead’s rare 1985 TV soundtrack to The Twilight Zone). Because of the way we loosely categorize things around here, we may have missed a few, so let us know if you stumble on any soundtracks that haven’t gotten links yet. Click here to scroll through two pages of soundtracks and oddities (including music samples, videos and more).



  • Willard
    March 28, 2012 - 09:24 | Permalink

    Search for Elfman HERE

  • March 28, 2012 - 10:02 | Permalink

    THANKS, W!
    I have a bunch of DE’s soundtracks but not these.

  • mano1971music
    March 28, 2012 - 11:57 | Permalink

    Can you re-up David Grohl’s TOUCH soundtrack? Thanks….

    • Willard
      March 28, 2012 - 12:06 | Permalink

      Was double-checking just as you posted. Now up.

  • mano1971music
    March 29, 2012 - 02:21 | Permalink

    Thank you :o)

    You’re the best!!

  • March 29, 2012 - 05:05 | Permalink

    Thanks a bajillion, as always, Cap.

    Your pal,

  • Anonymous
    March 29, 2012 - 08:12 | Permalink

    But if it isn’t Miles Davis, is it music?

    • buzzbabyjesus
      March 29, 2012 - 08:52 | Permalink

      I didn’t intend to remain anonymous.

  • March 29, 2012 - 10:37 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the reups — don’t know if I mentioned it when you originally posted The Prisoner — that was my fave show in high school — a great soundtrack for sure! Do you know if that series is being broadcast anywhere in tv cableland?

    • Willard
      March 29, 2012 - 11:20 | Permalink

      I haven’t seen it if it is. I owned the box set for awhile before selling it, but I’m getting a hankering again. What a great, unique series on so many levels. Especially McGoohan, who created one bizarre anti-TV character.

      • March 29, 2012 - 17:50 | Permalink

        You can actually find it online (or at least could. who knows now with Megaupload down). However – the GOOD NEWS is that you can watch the full episodes online at You Tube
        here’s the link to the first one:

        and in the uploaders folder are all the other ones to watch. If you have keepvid ( which is free) you can even download them all!

        • Willard
          March 30, 2012 - 07:41 | Permalink

          Actually, we’ve already got episode 1 posted for viewing on our Prisoner Files post.

          • March 30, 2012 - 15:01 | Permalink

            Ah, but I got those files BEFORE you posted the clip, so I didn’t know!
            I should have known you already covered all the bases!
            That’s what i get for not going back to the post to see what you have done.
            Kudos, as always
            Definitely one of the best series of all time, and still refreshingly weird!
            Oregon Public Broadcasting used to show the Prisoner right before Monty Python on Friday nights, which meant I could watch those shows, and still catch Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and the Midnight Special on Saturdays. And on Sunday night, KATU from Eugene would play old Kung Fu movies.The theme music for the KATU THEATER was part of “Trilogy” by ELP
            Those were the days

            • Willard
              March 30, 2012 - 16:01 | Permalink

              Nah… no problem at all. Just wanted to steer folks to the music, too.

  • Jim
    June 20, 2013 - 19:49 | Permalink

    dang…..missed that “Mars” one, all the more bittersweet after Slim Whitman’s passing…..

    • Willard
      June 20, 2013 - 21:42 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

  • Jim
    June 21, 2013 - 06:47 | Permalink

    you’re a PEACH my friend, thanks for all your hard work and great music!

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