Danny Elfman - Happy
Album Details

U.S. Release Date: October 29, 2020

E.U. Release Date: October 29, 2020

Label: Anti/Epitaph

Recording Year: 2020

UPC/EAN Code: 45778781102

Happy

Danny Elfman

About Happy by Danny Elfman

“I always enjoyed Halloween because it was a night to let loose, to become something or someone else,” said renowned film composer Danny Elfman, known for his eccentric and macabre collaborations with director Tim Burton. “[Halloween is] a night to celebrate the dead, and ghosts and monsters of all variety. A night for mutants, zombies, vampires, misfits, and miscreants to celebrate themselves and each other. And, aligned with the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos, a night to celebrate departed spirits… and for me, a night to laugh in death’s face (and feel safe doing so).”

Indeed, Elfman maniacally laughs in death’s face on his new single “Happy”, the first solo music he has released since 1984, and his macabre sense of humor is still very present in the canvas of today’s chaotic dysfunctional landscape. Elfman’s face distorts both with disgust and glee in the song’s unnerving new video.

Coming out just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, the dark, intensely turbulent track showcases the unease we all feel today, not only amidst the holiday’s ghosts and goblins but within a global pandemic and extraordinarily divisive times.

“Halloween has always been my Big Night,” Elfman explains. “As a child there was no competition. Coincidently, in my earlier band Oingo Boingo, our Halloween shows became special events and our biggest shows of the year. And double coincidently The Nightmare Before Christmas also became a special live Concert Halloween event, which became more successful than I’d ever dreamed possible. This really meant a lot to me as the character of Jack Skellington, who I related to quite closely, has for many years been a very special part of my life.”

The song’s vocals, guitars and synths are provided by Elfman, drums by Josh Freese (The Vandals, Nine Inch Nails), guitar by Nili Brosh (Dethklok), bass by Stu Brooks (Dub Trio) and additional synth design by Randall Dunn.

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  1. 12.9.2022
    London, United Kingdom
    The SSE Arena, Wembley
  2. 12.10.2022
    London, United Kingdom
    The SSE Arena, Wembley

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Déjà Vu! I can’t believe it’s been two years since we rehearsed for Coachella, but I couldn't be more excited to pe… https://t.co/GFSGf5XqV6

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Well, everybody’s got to write at least one piano quartet in their life, right? So I did! And here it is—I’m very p… https://t.co/SKaNg1DzJ0

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