The Mystic Knights were actually on the Gong Show back in
1976 where a panel of judges voted (somewhat amazingly) them the
George Segal (1978)
The band played California Girls and Louise. If anybody at all has a video
copy of this, in whatever quality, format or speed, please, please contact
I don't actually think this was ever released on television or otherwise.
However, scenes are revealed on Farewell (the black and white clips of Danny
singing 'St. James Infirmary' and Marie-Pascale Elfman (Richard Elfman's
wife) singing 'Johnny').
The Forbidden Zone (1979)
You most certainly can't forget this as the Boingo's play all the
original music and feature in the film, Danny being Satan and the others
being his henchman. Good fun spotting Danny pop up in various other places
also. Oh, and Richard Elfman (Dan's bro) appears several
times....most obvious of them being the "Yidishee Charleston" guy....folks
who have seen the film will know....
Urgh! A Music
Playing Ain't This The Life, - bootlegs also include a very
short interview (about 3 seconds). There was also another showing where they
played Impostor and a longer interview with Danny. If
anybody has a longer version of the interviews, please contact
Long Shot (1981)
Featured the boys singing the rare "I've Got To Be Entertained"
(also known as Kids World (1982)
Playing Private Life and Grey Matter, including an interview with
a very hyped Danny between the two.
At Danny's House in Venice
This short interview was conducted by a child asking if Danny always
wanted to be a singer...short and sweet.
A short show featuring "Nothing To Fear" and "Grey Matter", plus
an interview with John Vatos and Danny.
Merve Griffen Special
Live show with "Whole Day Off" and "Nothing To Fear".
Bud Weiser Commercial
The Spice Girls weren't the first to promote a drink with a song,
the Boingo's got there in 1982 playing their own "This Bud's For You". Silly
ad featuring Danny as a pilot, rally driver and riding a motor bike among
other things. I have been told this was aired in 1982. However,
Danny looks much older...personally, I'd say it was around 1986, but who
am I to judge authority?
There are two versions of this. There is the live version featuring
the entire show that Boingo played and there is the edited version for later
showing that only features "Goodbye Goodbye" and "Nothing To Fear" - this
shorter version also includes an interview with Danny. The full track list,
in the long version, is; Cry Of The Vatos, Dead Or Alive, Ain't This The
Life, Who Do You Want To Be, No Spill Blood, Private Life, Grey Matter, Insects,
Wild Sex, Nothing To Fear, Violent Love, Sweat, Capitalism, On The Outside
and Goodbye Goodbye.
A short (but nice) clip of the band and "Private Life".
Thicke Of The Night
A show featuring the boys playing "Who Do You Want To Be" and "Nothing
Bad Ever Happens," 'live'. Also includes a somewhat strained interview with
Live from San Fransisco (1983)
Sometimes called the Wake Up (It's 1984) video, this is simply a live show
where the boys played Wake Up in-fount of 'beautiful' 80's
The Palace Theatre
A typical live show featuring "Who Do You Want To Be", "Wake Up" and
"Dead Or Alive"
I'll get the name up there soon. It's another of the 'white suit'
deals (owners of many bootlegs will get what I mean; practically every 1983
TV appearance had the boys wearing trendy white suits....) - basically identical
to the above "Palace Theatre" show, only it, well, wasn't at the Palace
Wee's Big Adventure; Premier (1984)
Paul (Pee Wee) obviously took center stage in his premier, but of
course, he had to interview his friends....one of which being Mr. Elfman
himself. Though short, this is possibly my favorite of all his appearances;
it's nice to see Danny genuinely stuck for words...and you gotta love the
Dead Man's Club Video
I'm not sure exactly what this was made for...it's an official video
made by the Boingo boys, but obviously was never sold. It features various
shows (all listed here on the TV appearance page) (live from the Ritz, the
Gratitude music video, the Weird Science video), plus Danny telling us a
little bit about each one. If anyone has any background information, please
let me know. I understand this was
recorded to be Boingo's first official video but never quite made it. Which
is highly possible.
MTV Saturday Night
Concert; The Ritz
A nice long show with the band featuring Dead Man's Party, Who Do
You Want To Be, Just Another Day, Grey Matter, Stay, Weird Science and Goodbye
Back To School
A classic that every fan knows of, mostly because many Boingo fans
became fans after seeing the band perform live at Rodney Dangerfield's
Dick Clark Special Live from Disneyland
Featuring that famous ditty "Weird Science" performed by the
Jerry Lewis Telethon
Just a live performance playing "We Close Our Eyes" and "Not My
Although it was just Danny who composed the score to this MTV 'film',
Steve Bartek, John Avila and Danny were all featured in a promotional program,
basically sitting around a piano either playing it very badly or stooped
over it 'asleep'. I think maybe this program featured Oingo Boingo music
videos in-between the silly bits around the piano. Whilst it wasn't exactly
a show, it wasn't an interview either, as they said a maximum of 10 words
ranging from mumbles and snoring, to a very zombified "it's perfect, we couldn't
improve on it". I'm hoping to get pictures of it soon so at least you'll
see what I'm on about. Cringingly fun.
A Live show where Boingo play Elevator Man,
We Close Our Eyes and Not My Slave. Also including a short interview with
Danny, John Avila, Vatos and
Video One with Richard Blade
A nice interview with Danny that also included the music videos for
Stay, Nothing Bad Ever Happens To Me and Gratitude.
Joan Rivers (1987)
Playing "Not My Slave" and "Dead Man's Party" with a silly interview
between the two.
Nice long show with Dead Man's Party, Who Do You Want To Be, Home
Again, Just Another Day, Pain, Not My Slave, Stay, Grey Matter, Wild Sex
and Weird Science.
Keep On Cruisin'
Show featuring "Not My Slave" and "Elevator Man".
Short interview in Danny's home studio and a live version of "Not
My Slave" at Irvine Meadows
(if anyone knows this interview and knows what channel or program it was
on, please contact
Never a band to do things the conventional way, Boingo hand delivered
their albums and of course, the reporters were there...
Short interview with Danny about how busy he is .(It might be short,
but it was this one interview that convinced me as to how busy the poor man
really was when balancing Boingo and film music at the same time...)
Mine is bad, bad quality, so if anyone has a nice clear one they'd
like to trade...ahem...
Rock N Reel
Even shorter (and in my case, even worse quality) than the other, this one
has Danny explaining that he thought composing meant he had to be some kind
of classical musical genius....
The Closet (1989)
One of only three commercially sold "Boingo" videos (The Forbidden
Zone and Farewell being the other two). Includes the music videos for "Stay",
"Just Another Day", "Gratitude," "Little Girls," "Nothing Bad Ever Happens,"
and "Private Life".
Now this is an enigmatic beast. I have no idea how it got into the
bootleg world, but I'm pretty sure it was never aired on television in this
light. It is a long interview that looks like it has been taken by hand-held
personal video camera backstage somewhere. There are no presenters in view,
but you hear the guy asking the questions. Half way through the interview,
someone asks how much longer the filming will be, and the camera fails, showing
only the 'test card' colour strips. Still, you can hear the people filming
and Danny telling someone that the 'door's open, anyone can come in...' When
the camera starts rolling again, it seems that someone has turned off the
light for the picture is now very dark and you can bearly see Danny. Very
odd. The only indication that this is indeed for "E!" is that, at the end,
the interviewer asks Danny to do two trailers for 'E!
A lovely long interview (though some bootlegs only have the second
half) with Danny, chatting about everything from working on Dick Tracy to
why he wrote the song "Out Of Control". To check if you have
the full interview, see if Danny mentions 'teen suicide'.
Request Videos - Food For Feet
Okay, Not Boingo. Food For Feet is a Boingo spin off band, featuring
John and John. But hey, any interview with those two guys has simply got
to be entertaining....
Request Videos - Boingo
Again, if you combine John Avila, John Hernandez, Pizza and live
TV, you've got yourself one hell of a fun interview.
Interview At Danny's Home (1990)
If anyone knows the program this featured on, please
let me know. Just a short interview with Danny about his scores and how they
tire him down so much so that he literally drags himself down to his
And Times (1993)
Long interview with Danny, taking us into the highs and lows of film
music, politics, and rigormorits stiff fingers...
Tim Burton HBO Special (1993
Danny had a very, very short interview on this odd Tim Burton
special. I'm not sure of the date, but it *looks* like a 1993
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The most 'Danny Elfman' film there is, featuring his score, voice
and songs. Do I really need to go into any more detail?
The Making of The Nightmare Before Christmas
All 'The making of NmBC' interviews are okay by me, especially if
they feature Danny singing as Jack, like this one does...
ET! The Making Of The Nightmare Before
Yet another wonderful interview. This one, however, takes us into
Danny's delightful home and shows us his wonderful collection of Day Of The
Dead art, shrunken heads and a charming little green dissected
The Nightmare Before Christmas Laser Disc
Has several short interviews with Danny; the main one in the 'Songs'
section of the whole "Making Of" part. Also includes some stills of him and
Tim Burton working together.
E! Features: The Nightmare Before Christmas
A wonderful long program with not only Danny but practically the
entire cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Going from how Tim Burton
and Henry Selick met up, to why Danny felt he was the only man to sing Jack,
this interview has it all
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Although Tim Burton and Danny Elfman really had nothing to do with
it, they were interviewed about their thoughts on the whole Grinch
Fun nostalgic interview with Danny, plus a live "Hey!"
Nice long interview with Danny, plus, again, "Hey!" played live.
Gotta love the "badabim-badaboingo", even if Danny didn't.
What else? Hey! performed live...
Okay, maybe Danny doesn't appear in the film. Nor to any other band
members. But ex-Mystic Knight / brother to Danny, director of The Forbidden
Zone, does. Richard Elfman's second film, featuring him as a preacher on
the bus....and Danny also wrote the theme
AMC 'The Hollywood Soundtrack Story'
When all the great Hollywood composers get together to talk of their
work, it's obvious Danny is there, telling the story of how the Batman theme
came to him in a Boeing 747....
E! Farewell (1995)
A short interview with Danny about Farewell and his emotions at that
Danny, along with the directors of Dead Presidents and his friend,
Livia Corona, take a trip to the Amazon in the hope of adventure and discoveries.
Great fun, with laughs all the way.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Johnny Vatos appears as a drummer for his new band "Tito and the Turantullas
"The Frighteners" Laser Disk (1996 - released
I don't know why the long gap, but this was filmed in 1996 and only released
much later in 1998.
Included some rather long interviews with Danny about the film, plus
also a before and after clip of the film, before Danny added his music and
afterwards, and also, a scene in which the music had been cut, with its
full original music.
E! Flubber (1997)
A short interview with Danny about his score. Doesn't he look thrilled
to be there? *sarcasm*
Very short clip of Danny eating followed by a very short interview
where Danny states, yet again, that the Titanic will take the Oscars by such
a storm that it will win in catagories it hasn't been nominated
Although this didn't hold the outcome any Elfman fan wanted, eagle
eyed viewers may have spotted him across from the Titanic crew whenever they
got an award. Yay. *oh the irony*.
Oscars (1998) pt. 2
Before the Oscars themselves, Danny was interviewed on the red
Oscars (1998) pt.3
On "GMTV" (A morning Television show in the UK), Mark Freeden, the
local Hollywood link, took viewers down the long Oscar line up. Happily,
Danny was in close view, at the end of the line up, where the camera lingered
for a nice long time.
*Psycho DVD Edition (1999)
Short interview with Danny on the scoring of
Short interview with Danny re: going back to pop (please, if anyone
has this, contact
Edward Sissorhands Shorts (re: Sleepy
Hollow) (Late 1999)
During the film Edward Sissorhands, while played on television in the States,
there were short interviews with the makers of Sleepy Hollow (being Tim,
Danny and Johnny Depp). Here Danny spoke of his similarities