Danny Elfman Reworks Oingo Boingo’s “Insects” for New Double-LP ‘Big Mess’ — Watch the Chaotic 3D Video


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The past couple of months 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.

The 18-track double-record concludes with “Insects,” a reworking of the Oingo Boingo track that first appeared on the 1982 album Nothing to Fear. Elfman’s new version is frantic and somewhat abrasive, and its 3D music video plays like a chaotic video game sequence (note the pre-video epilepsy warning):

“In the beginning of 2020 I was preparing a live show for Coachella,” said Elfman in a statement. “I’d been looking for old Boingo songs that connected to the dystopian nightmare I found myself immersed in at that moment in time living in America. As I played around with different songs it occurred to me that ‘Insects’ made sense. Who were the ‘Insects,’ the blood suckers of today? It was obvious to me – they all hived together in Washington and seemed to thrive on sucking the rational sense of reality out of our brains.”

The video was directed by Sam and Andy Rolfes. Said Sam of the clip:

“Every microsecond of waking life, a relentless digital swarm of information and virtual noise slowly consumes our minds, rendering us like insects being driven by manic buzzing stimuli. That said, more legs means better dancing. The video for “Insects” starts off very ordinarily, following Danny Elfman as he gets ready for the day, meets some friends for lunch, but then is slowly consumed by a ravenous swarm of online static.”

“True” — also with an unsettling video — was one of the other tracks shared ahead of Big Mess:

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.



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