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Forbidden Zone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Danny Elfman

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Album Review

Movies don't get more out there than the 1980 cult classic Forbidden Zone (which starred the late Herve Villechaize of Fantasy Island fame), so it shouldn't come as much of a shock that the motion picture soundtrack by Danny Elfman is in the same peculiar vein. While the music was performed by Elfman's band at the time, Oingo Boingo, it was all composed by Elfman himself. While some of the music can be compared to '90s experimental rockers Mr. Bungle (Elfman must have been an obvious influence for them), most of it is so off the wall that it's incomparable to anyone else. The anthemic lead-off title track is the soundtrack's undeniable highlight, while the rest of the songs alternate widely between genres. Styles include originals that sound straight out of the '40s ("Some of These Days," "Yiddishe Charleston," "Bim Bam Boom"), warped children's songs ("Alphabet Song"), chants ("Flash and Gramps") and short synthesized instrumentals ("Chamber Music," "Journey Through the Intestines," "Factory"). Weird but brilliant stuff.

Customer Reviews

Good Album, two songs missing

I love this album, but if you're looking for "Pico and Sepulveda", or "La Petite Tonkinoise", you have to find them elsewhere. "Pico and Sepulveda" was my favorite song from the movie, and I downloaded the album before I knew it wasn't included. I have no regrets, since the rest of the album is well worth having.

Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo

The composer is Danny Elfman, but the artist should technically be the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. This is the earliest Oingo Boingo available on iTunes, and it doesn't disapoint. Some of the songs, especially the title track, sound like they could have easily been released on any of Oingo Boingo's early albums. Really a very worthwhile purchase, if not a little unusual. Definitely a must-have for any diehard Boingo fan.

Weird and Wonderful

Give this soundtrack a listen - it is a fun album. It is very hard not to sing along when you are listening to it. Danny Elfman's incidental music is as brilliant as, sometimes even better than, the songs. A must have soundtrack. WARNING: There is a small dose of strong language.

Biography

Born: May 29, 1953 in Amarillo, TX

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his work in collaboration with director Tim Burton, composer Danny Elfman created one of the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary film music, bringing his talents to a dark fantasy world populated by superheroes, monsters and freaks. The son of novelist Blossom Elfman, he was born May 29, 1953 in Amarillo, Texas; raised in Los Angeles, he and brother Richard relocated to France in 1971, where he joined a theatrical group. Elfman subsequently moved on to Africa, returning...
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