Danny Elfman Music for a Darkened Theatre, Volume 1: Film & Television Music
- Released: November 13, 1990
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Fontana MCA
- 1.Pee Wee's Big Adventure, film score: Overture / Breakfast Machine / Clown Dream / Drive-In
- 2.Batman, film score: Batman Theme / Up The Cathedral / Descent Into Mystery
- 3.Dick Tracy, film score: Main Titles
- 4.Beetlejuice, film score: Main Titles / End Titles
- 5.Nightbreed, film score: Main Titles / Meat For The Beast / End Titles
- 6.Darkman, film score: Main Titles / Woe To The Darkman, Woe
- 7.Back to School, film score: Study Montage
- 8.Midnight Run, film score: Walsh Gets The Duke / Main Titles / Diner Blues
- 9.Wisdom, film score: Change Of Life / Close Call In Albuquerque
- 10.Hot to Trot, film score: Main Titles / Wandering Don
- 11.Big Top Pee Wee, film score: Main Titles / Rise 'n Shine / Pee Wee's Love Theme
- 12.The Simpsons, television theme
- 13.Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The jar: Suite
- 14.Tales from the Crypt, TV score: Theme
- 15.Face Like A Frog, animation score: Suite
- 16.Forbidden Zone, film score: Love Theme
- 17.Scrooged, film score: Main Titles / Show Time At IBC / Elliot Gives Blood / Walter Ablaze / Wild Cab Ride / Luncheonette
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Taking advantage of Danny Elfman's meteoric rise to success as a film composer, MCA Records compiled an admirable collection of the man's most memorable and bizarre film and television scores from the 1980s. Some of the 17 tracks on MUSIC FOR A DARKENED THEATRE are actually score excerpts (including PEE WEE's BIG ADVENTURE, BATMAN, and NIGHTBREED) other tracks are simply main themes (including THE SIMPSONS, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, and BACK TO SCHOOL). If anything, the compilation offers a glimpse into the twisted mind of one of cinema's most musically flamboyant, if not schizophrenic composers. Elfman's loose grasp on musical reality created a new dimension for film music, just as his band Oingo Boingo did for 1980s new wave pop.
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