Thursday, July 14, 2011

Scary song of the week: March of the Dead

We're headed to a wedding this weekend, so I thought I would make a song from Tim Burton's "The Corpse Bride" our scary song of the week. Problem is, none of the songs from that movie are scary, per se. The piano work in "Victor's Solo" and the duet is amazing, but again, not scary.

So, in honor of all the recent "Evil Dead" news, I have chosen Danny Elfman's "March of the Dead" as the latest Scary Song of the Week.

Danny Elfman kicks ass. Let's just get that out of the way right now. Don't be surprised if more of his work either as a composer or as frontman of Oingo Boingo appears in future installments of Scary Song of the Week.

Not all of Elfman's work has been for Tim Burton or in the horror and fantasy genres. But there is just something about dark comedy that brings out the best in Elfman. He wrote "Dead Man's Party," after all.

Elfman first composed for director Sam Raimi on 1990's "Darkman" before doing "March of the Dead" for "Army of Darkness" in 1992. It's the only part of the score Elfman did and it stands out.

The track, as it says in the title, is a march. It's meant to be marched to, with your (undead) army in tow. Marches, by design, are meant to bring the troops together while instilling fear in the enemy. My bet is that if your high school marching band played this tune during the Labor Day parade, fear would be instilled.

Do you know how hard it is to find a marching band video that doesn't have people talking over it? Damn hard.

In summary: Going to a wedding. Bride probably won't walk down the aisle to "March of the Dead" but that'd be pretty sweet. Next time you video a marching band and want to share it, shut the hell up. And, finally, Danny Elfman rules.

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