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To be included with the great composers of movie soundtracks (John Williams, Alfred Newman, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith) is birthday boy, Danny Elfman. He is the music behind virtually every one of my favorite films of the last three decades and a good many TV shows as well. I don’t know if I can fit a conclusive list of his contributions to our entertainment enjoyment over the years on this blog, but I’ll give it a try below the picture.
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Year Film Role/Directed by Notes
1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Yri drummer Also featured Richard Elfman
Hot Tomorrows Singer Directed by Martin Brest
1981 Urgh! A Music War Himself Part of Oingo Boingo
1982 Forbidden Zone Satan Directed by Richard Elfman
1984 Good Morning, Mr. Orwell Himself Part of Oingo Boingo
1985 Pee-wee’s Big Adventure Tim Burton Original soundtrack released as part of the Elfman/Burton box set
1986 Back to School Himself Part of Oingo Boingo Original soundtrack released as part of the Elfman/Burton box set
1987 Summer School Carl Reiner Soundtrack (includes one Elfman song; no score)
Wisdom Emilio Estevez, Robert Wise Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
1988 Beetlejuice Tim Burton Soundtrack
Midnight Run Martin Brest Soundtrack released by MCA
Big Top Pee-wee Randal Kleiser Soundtrack (including dialogue) released by Arista, reissued by PEG
Hot to Trot Michael Dinner Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 1
Scrooged Richard Donner Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 1; complete score released by La-La Land Records
1989 Batman Tim Burton Soundtrack (re-released with complete score from La-La Land Records); Nominated for 32nd Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Nightbreed Clive Barker Soundtrack released by MCA
1990 Dick Tracy Warren Beatty Soundtrack; Nominated for 33rd Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
Darkman Sam Raimi Soundtrack
Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton Soundtrack; Nominated for 34th Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
1992 Article 99 Howard Deutch Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Batman Returns Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records; re-released with complete score from La-La Land Records
1993 Sommersby Jon Amiel Soundtrack released by Elektra
Army of Darkness Sam Raimi “March of the Dead” theme by Danny Elfman, rest of the score by Joseph LoDuca
The Nightmare Before Christmas Henry Selick Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
1994 Black Beauty Caroline Thompson Soundtrack
1995 Dolores Claiborne Taylor Hackford Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Dead Presidents Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Soundtrack (one Elfman track; suite also included on Music for a Darkened Theatre Vol. 2)
To Die For Gus Van Sant Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande (score + songs)
1996 Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma Soundtrack (songs + three brief Elfman suites); Score album
The Frighteners Peter Jackson Soundtrack
Freeway Matthew Bright Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre Vol. 2
Extreme Measures Michael Apted Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Mars Attacks! Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Atlantic; expanded edition released by La-La Land Records
1997 Men in Black Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack (two Elfman cues); Score album; Nominated for 70th Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score & for 40th Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
Flubber Les Mayfield Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
Good Will Hunting Gus Van Sant Soundtrack (two Elfman cues); Nominated for 70th Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score
1998 A Simple Plan Sam Raimi Soundtrack released by Compass III
A Civil Action Steven Zaillian Soundtrack
1999 Instinct Jon Turteltaub Soundtrack
Anywhere But Here Wayne Wang Soundtrack released by Atlantic (includes one score suite)
Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
2000 Proof of Life Taylor Hackford Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
The Gift Sam Raimi Cameo appearance
The Family Man Brett Ratner Soundtrack released by Sire Records (two Elfman cues)
2001 Planet of the Apes Tim Burton Soundtrack released by SME; complete score released by La-La Land
2002 Spider-Man Sam Raimi Score album; Song album; Nominated for 45th Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Men in Black II Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack released by Columbia Records
Red Dragon Brett Ratner Soundtrack released by Decca Records
Chicago Rob Marshall Soundtrack (two Elfman tracks)
2003 Hulk Ang Lee Soundtrack released by Columbia Records
Big Fish Tim Burton Soundtrack; Nominated for 76th Academy Award for Best Original Score, for 61st Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score & for 47th Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2004 Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi Soundtrack; Score album
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton Soundtrack; Nominated for 48th Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Wonka’s Welcome Song)
Corpse Bride Tim Burton Soundtrack
2006 Deep Sea 3D Howard Hall Serenada Schizophrana
Nacho Libre Jared Hess Soundtrack (score suite)
Charlotte’s Web Gary Winick Soundtrack
2007 Meet the Robinsons Stephen Anderson Soundtrack
The Kingdom Peter Berg Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
2008 Standard Operating Procedure Errol Morris Soundtrack
Wanted Timur Bekmambetov Soundtrack
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Guillermo del Toro Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Milk Gus Van Sant Soundtrack released by Decca Records; Nominated for 81st Academy Award for Best Original Score & for 52nd Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2009 Notorious George Tillman, Jr. Soundtrack (one Elfman track), soundtrack released by Universal Music Group
Terminator Salvation McG Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records
9 Shane Acker Music themes only, score composed by Deborah Lurie and produced by Tim Burton released by Focus Features, soundtrack available on Rhino Records and score album released by Lakeshore Records
Taking Woodstock Ang Lee Song soundtrack on Rhino Records with four Elfman cues; score album on La-La Land Records
2010 The Wolfman Joe Johnston Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records; Nominated for 68th Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score & for 53rd Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
The Next Three Days Paul Haggis Soundtrack released by Lionsgate
2011 Restless Gus Van Sant
Real Steel Shawn Levy Song album on Interscope with one Elfman cut; score album released by Varèse Sarabande
2012 Dark Shadows Tim Burton Song album with two Elfman cuts and score album released by WaterTower Music
Men in Black 3 Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack released by Sony Classical
Frankenweenie Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell Song album with two Elfman cuts and score album released by Sony Classical
Hitchcock Sacha Gervasi Soundtrack released by Sony Masterworks
Promised Land Gus Van Sant Soundtrack released by Relativity Music Group
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful Sam Raimi Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
Epic Chris Wedge Soundtrack released by Columbia Records
Did you see any of your favorites?

Today I spent far too much time staring at a blank piece of paper and wondering how I would terminate my Totally Unreasonable Bucket List. This made me grouchy. When Gail reminded me that we had decided to go out to eat this evening I thought that trying out the new pop-up restaurant that has been getting such glowing reviews from Guerneville natives and out-of-towners alike would be just the thing to pick up my spirits. The name of the place is Hi Five and it shares the restaurant facilities of Pat’s, the primeval hash house that has been a part of the scene on the River since way before I got here in 1972.

I had to admit that the reviews I had read in the SF Chronicle and Trip Advisor were tastefully tittilating and we had discussed earlier the prospect of visiting the establishment. So it was off to “Stumptown” and the promise of unique Korean Kuisine.

The juxtaposition of Kampy Korean Komidas and the Pat’s ambiance of two man redwood saw blades, the ancient dingy giant map of local fishing holes and wood panelling was a little jarring. The service was great, the sauce on my KFC (Korean Fried Crack) was yummy, the coleslaw was slightly above average, and the garlic toast was nothing special. Gail found the batter on her beer battered shrimp a little on the mushy side. The featured dessert was the Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly with Pop Rocks Sprinkles On Ice Cream that had stood out in my mind from the reviews. We seldom eat desserts when dining out but we decided to take a chance. I had hoped for something a little crispier but Gail said the dessert had the same batter as the shrimp. It did not give me chills as I had heard someone else describe the experience. Overall I must confess to being underwhelmed, but I also must confess that I was in a grouchy mood which had added staying power due to the fact that I had left my molars at home.

The menu is extensive at Hi Five and the mood is so positive and energetic there that I promise to return again with my teeth and a better attitude. And if this isn’t one of the strangest restaurant reviews you have ever read I will be very disappointed.

Gail had to get a glass of milk to restore her equilibrium after eating a super hot pepper from my Korean Fried Crack.

Gail had to get a glass of milk to restore her equilibrium after eating a super hot pepper from my Korean Fried Crack.


Gail's Beer Battered Shrimp.

Gail’s Beer Battered Shrimp.


I liked the deep-fried pineapple on a stick at the Sonoma County Fair better than the Deep Fried PBJ/Pop Rocks/Ice Cream shown here.

I liked the deep-fried pineapple on a stick at the Sonoma County Fair better than the Deep Fried PBJ/Pop Rocks/Ice Cream shown here.

If my readership numbers are any indication this is the long-awaited conclusion of one of the least popular attractions my blog has featured in many a moon. I have been feeling at a low ebb creatively of late. I think I need to break out of the confines of the mobile mansion more often for inspiration.
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