Danny Elfman: ‘Big Mess,’ His First Solo Album in 37 Years, Out 6/11; Debuts Unsettling Video for ‘True’

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The past few weeks have seen legendary composer/songwriter Danny Elfman unleash some musical madness on the masses — and it’s all attached to a new studio album, Big Mess, due out on June 11 via Anti-/Epitaph.

Detailed on Monday, the official news came with the premiere of another single, “True,” and its unsettling video:

Unsettling is really the best term to use when discussing Elfman’s recent output. Both visually and musically, he’s found a way to continue to push the envelope more than he already has in his illustrious career, so Big Mess comes with heightened anticipation.

The ambitious double-album spans 18 tracks and features guest spots from drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Weezer, 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).

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

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The record’s artwork was designed by Sarah Sitkin from a series of 3-D body scans and designed and art directed by Berit Gwendolyn Gilma.

For more previews of the record, here’s “Kick Me”:

Or this one, “Love in the Time of Covid”:

Or even this one, “Sorry,” the first track he shared in early 2021 as a preview of the intensity to come:

This all began shortly before Halloween, when Elfman debuted “Happy”:

The album’s track listing:

1. Sorry
2. True
3. In Time
4. Everybody Loves You
5. Dance With The Lemurs
6. Serious Grounds
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


  • Aardman says:

    As an artist Danny Elfman is of course free to pursue his muse wherever it leads him. As a fan of Oingo Boingo I am free to say the tracks I have heard so far leave me cold and disappointed.

    Of course artists mature and develop, but if you’re looking for the Danny Elfman you’ve know & loved, the one that gave us “Dead Man’s Party,” or “No One Lives Forever,” it appears to no longer exist.

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