There are few who deny, at what I do I am the best
For my talents are renowned far and wide
When it comes to surprises in the moonlit night
I excel without ever even trying
With the slightest little effort of my ghostlike charms
I have see grown men give out a shriek
With a wave of my hand and a well-placed moan
I have swept the very bravest off their feet
Danny Elfman, “Jack’s Lament”
Long known to be both a Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day film. Tim Burton wrote the versatile, “Nightmare Before Christmas”. directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton, this is considered a cult classic.
Fun Fact: Originally, there were plans to make a second film in the “Nightmare Before Christmas” series, “The Unlucky Clover”. However, it never went to fruition, as Tim Burton thought it would “spoil the magic of the first movie.”
Danny Elfman is the musical personally behind Tim Bruton’s cult classic. When he was writing the lyrics for the songs, it was “one of the easiest jobs I’ve ever had. I had a lot in common with Jack Skellington.”
Writing music isn’t the only part he played. Elfman is also a voice within the film voicing, the singing voice of Jack Skellington and the voice of Barrel, as well as the Clown with the Tear-Away Face.
Fun Fact: The reason that Chris Sarandon was cast as Jack Skellington was that Saradon’s speaking voice matched Elfman’s singing voice.
The album Nightmare Revisited, is a collection of covers from the soundtrack which started with the additions to film’s 2006 re-release in Disney Digital 3-D. Included in the 13th- anniversary edition DVD was a bonus disc with covers of five of the film’s songs by Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple, and She Wants Revenge.
The album itself was released by Walt Disney Records on Sept 30, 2008 with many more artists. It’s gotten quite the audience of music and Tim Burton Lovers.
Here are the songs from the album, Nightmares Revisited for your listening pleasure and Skeleton Jack Nostalgia. Check them out here!
Overture – DeVotchKa
Opening – Danny Elfman
This Is Halloween – Marilyn Manson
Jack’s Lament – The All-American Rejects
Doctor Finklestein / In The Forest – Amiina
What’s This? – Flyleaf
Town Meeting Song – The Polyphonic Spree
Jack & Sally Montage – The Vitamin String Quartet
Jack’s Obsession – Sparklehorse
Kidnap The Sandy Claws – KoRn
Making Christmas – Rise Against
Nabbed – Yoshida Brothers
Oogie Boogie’s Song – Rise Against
Sally’s Song – Amy Lee
Christmas Eve Montage – RJD2
Poor Jack – RJD2
To The Rescue – Datarock
Finale / Reprise – Shiny Toy Guns
Closing – Danny Elfman
End Title – The Album Leaf
The album itself is well put together with a great group of artists.
Starting with Marilyn Manson’s cover of “This is Halloween”, the album itself is off to an amazing start with his dark vocals. Contrasting the opening song, the album contains artists are diverse as they are dark. Korn performs “Kidnap the Sandy Klaws” with “Sally’s Song” being covered by Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee.
“Kidnap the Sandy Klaws” by far is my favourite of the album, despite Marilyn Manson’s “This is Halloween” being more well known from the album. Both are deliciously dark covers made by talented musicians with a flair for the dark.
The other artists include Datarock, Yoshida Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Album Leaf and RJD2 bringing their own sound forward. Danny Elfman himself shows up on the album with opening and closing remarks.