Bigger. Messier. Danny Elfman
- 1We Belong (Squarepusher Remix)07:13
- 2Happy (Little Snake Dying In The Club Edition)02:47
- 3Happy (33EMYBW Remix)03:00
- 4Sorry (Kid606 Remix)06:09
- 5We Belong (Rafiq Bhatia Remix)03:38
- 6Kick Me (Zach Hill Remix)03:03
- 7Insects (Machine Girl Insecticidal Tendencies Remix)04:29
- 8Serious Ground (Xiu Xiu Remix)05:15
- 9Cruel Compensation (The Locust Remix)02:21
- 10Everybody Loves You (Boris Remix)05:38
- 12In Time04:41
- 13In Time (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)03:10
- 14Native Intelligence04:29
- 15Kick Me03:37
- 16Kick Me02:05
- 17In Time (HEALTH Remix)04:58
- 18Native Intellligence (Ghostemane Natural Selection Remix)03:33
- 19Happy (Boy Harsher Remix)04:48
- 20True (Stu Brooks Remix)05:59
- 21Happy (Little Snake Lunar Climax Edition)04:26
- 22Serious Dub (Scientist Remix)05:00
- 23Happy (A.Fruit Remix)03:17
Info for Bigger. Messier.
Bigger. Messier. – a brand new genre-defying album of remixed and reimagined versions of songs from his acclaimed 2021 record Big Mess. Comprised of collaborations and guest vocal features from a sprawling array of artists including Trent Reznor, Iggy Pop, HEALTH, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Zach Hill of Death Grips, Xiu Xiu, Squarepusher, Ghostemane and many more, the 21-track project brings the songs of Big Mess to life in a completely new light while marking the first time Elfman has ever released a remix collection of his work on this scale.
“At the onset of the Bigger. Messier., I asked the same thing of every artist: 'Express me through your own eyes.' Not only was I surprised at the artists that wanted to participate, but completely blown away by what everyone contributed," Elfman says. "There’s a tremendous amount of diversity represented throughout, and I couldn’t be more excited to announce the record with Iggy’s version of 'Kick Me,' which not only serves as a reinvention of the song vocally but instrumentally as well." (Danny Elfman)
Alongside the announcement today, Elfman has debuted a new version of “Kick Me” re-envisioned by punk legend Iggy Pop. A frenetic commentary on fame, fortune and celebrity, Iggy’s rendition is imbued with his signature conversational essence along with instrumental contributions from his longtime collaborator Leron Thomas. “Kick Me (Feat. Iggy Pop)” was preceded by a string of dynamic singles that have previously been released from the album to-date, including Elfman’s momentous collaborations with Trent Reznor for “True” and “Native Intelligence”, as well as additional remixes from Kid606 (“Sorry”), Zach Hill of Death Grips (“Kick Me”), Squarepusher (“We Belong”)” and Xiu Xiu (“Serious Ground”).
“At the onset of the Bigger. Messier. I asked the same thing of every artist: “express me through your own eyes.” Not only was I surprised at the artists that wanted to participate, but completely blown away by what everyone contributed. There’s a tremendous amount of diversity represented throughout, and I couldn’t be more excited to announce the record with Iggy’s version of “Kick Me,” which not only serves as a reinvention of the song vocally, but instrumentally as well. This record became such an enjoyment of experimentation and relinquishing control of my own work in a way that I’ve never done before.”
With the help of his collaborators Stu Brooks & Berit Gwendolyn Gilma, Elfman enlisted a variety of artists he admires to contribute to Bigger. Messier. Using his original songs as their canvases, each artist was given free reign to experiment in their own distinct voice, making for a wholly unique collection of songs that span decades and genres. The album was executive produced by Stu Brooks and Elfman’s longtime manager Laura Engel.
Danny Elfman, vocals, guitars, synthesizers
Josh Freese, drums
Stu Brooks, bass
Robin Finck, guitars
Nili Brosh, guitars
Iggy Pop, vocals on “Kick Me"
Trent Reznor, additional production on “True” and “Native Intelligence”
was born in 1953 in Los Angeles, California, where he currently resides. Over the last 20 years, he has established himself as one of Hollywood's leading film composers. Elfman has written close to 50 film scores featuring his unique sound, including Batman, Spider-man, Men in Black, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. In addition to these signature soundtracks, he has scored such diverse films as Big Fish, Good Will Hunting, Dolores Claiborne, Midnight Run, To Die For, Dead Presidents, Sommersby, and Chicago. For television, Elfman created the infectious themes to The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. His honors include a Grammy and three Academy Award nominations.
Elfman's first experience in performance and composition was for a French theatrical troupe "Le Grand Magic Circus" at the age of 18. The following year, he collaborated with his brother Richard performing musical theater on the streets of California. Elfman then worked with a “surrealistic musical cabaret” for six years, using this outlet to explore multifarious musical genres. For 17 years he wrote and performed with his rock band Oingo Boingo, producing such hits as "Weird Science" and "Dead Man's Party."
In 2005, Elfman worked with longtime collaborator Tim Burton on the films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the stop-motion animated musical Corpse Bride. Other recent projects include the scores for the Disney CGI animated feature A Day in the Life of Wilbur Robinson and Paramount’s adaptation of Charlotte’s Web.
Elfman is self-taught and has had no formal musical training. Serenada Schizophrana is his first orchestral composition written specifically for the concert hall. As the featured music in the soundtrack to the IMAX film Deep Sea 3D, conducted by John Mauceri and narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, it is receiving worldwide exposure.
This album contains no booklet.