Danny Elfman Talks About Making a ‘Big Mess,’ and Returning to Rock a Quarter-Century After Oingo Boingo Split

“Elfman sings!” It’s almost as grabby a potential catchphrase as “Garbo speaks.” But of course, Danny Elfman has participated in the talkies before… or, to put it in plainer terms, his new album, “Big Mess,” does not mark the first time he’s stood in front of a rock ‘n’ roll band in the studio to make a vocal record. It’s just the first time he’s done it since 1994, when his band, Oingo Boingo, released its final album.

Since then, Elfman’s been content to let the orchestra do the talking, as one of Hollywood’s preeminent film composers, best known for his long association with director Tim Burton, along with

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