By the late '70's, the Mystic Knights sort of came apart and Danny started the band Oingo Boingo. The band was a hit in LA, and eventually gained national recognition. Even then, Danny's music made its way onto movie soundtracks, but mostly just the pop song album (see: Weird Science).
In the mid-'80's, Tim Burton and Paul Reubens asked Elfman to score Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Danny continued writing music for films (Batman) and television shows (The Simpsons) while remaining the lead singer of Oingo Boingo, until the band's break up in 1995.
Danny Elfman's music and Tim Burton's films always work brilliantly together, and even earned Elfman a Grammy nomination for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Despite this prolific composer's bankability, he is a bit of an outsider among other film score composers. We all just figure they're jealous that even without expensive academic training, Danny has become a success. In the 1997 Oscars, though, Elfman was nominated in both film score categories, for Good Will Hunting and Men in Black. Too bad that was the year of the Titanic.
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