Just before commencing a career in film scoring, Danny Elfman cut this solo album in 1984. The following year he would score Pee-Weeâ€™s Big Adventure, and his career as a composer would quickly kick into high gear. Elfmanâ€™s score for 1980â€™s Forbidden Zone suggested his future direction, but this solo album was more tightly connected to the sound of Oingo Boingo (who were in the middle of a two-year hiatus, and a change of record labels between Good for Your Soul and Dead Manâ€™s Party) than his soon-to-be-developing ideas for film scores.
If you like mid-80s Oingo Boingo, you will enjoy this solo outing, which features similar synths, guitars, horns, drums and vocal styles. With Oingo Boingo serving as his backing band, itâ€™s unsurprising that this sounds like an Oingo Boingo album, albeit with a few mid-tempo numbers that might never have made the Boingo cut. Vareseâ€™s reissue adds the single mix of â€œGratitudeâ€ (from the soundtrack of Beverly Hills Cop) to the original nine tracks. The eight-page booklet includes the original front and back cover art, lyrics and new liner notes by Jerry McCulley. [Â©2015 Hyperbolium]