Danny Elfman Announces New Remix Album ‘Bigger. Messier.’

Acclaimed composer Danny Elfman has announced Bigger. Messier. a new album featuring remixed and reimagined versions of songs from his 2021 record, Big Mess.

Similar to last year’s record, Bigger. Messier. includes a number of guest collaborators, including Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Boy Harsher, Xiu Xiu, and Boris. As a preview of the record, Elfman has shared a new version of “Kick Me” featuring Iggy Pop. Listen to it below.

Speaking about the remix album, Elfman said:

“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.”

Pre-order Bigger. Messier. here. Check out the tracklisting below.

Last year, Elfman released Big Mess, his first studio album outside of his film compositions since 1994’s Boingo with his former band Oingo Boingo. Earlier this year, Elfman gave an unforgettable performance at Coachella. Titled Danny Elfman: From Boingo to Batman to Big Mess and Beyond!, he performed tracks from his new album live for the first time ever along with reworked versions of Oingo Boingo songs, which he hasn’t performed since their 1995 farewell tour.



We Belong (Squarepusher Remix) – 7:13
Happy (33EMYBW Remix) – 3:00
Sorry (Kid606 Remix) – 6:09
We Belong (Rafiq Bhatia Remix) – 3:38
Kick Me (Zach Hill Remix) – 3:03
Insects (Machine Girl Insecticidal Tendencies Remix) – 4:29
Serious Ground (Xiu Xiu Remix) – 5:15
Cruel Compensation (The Locust Remix) – 2:21
Everybody Loves You (Boris Remix) – 5:38
True (feat. Trent Reznor) – 5:18
In Time (feat. Blixa Bargeld) – 4:41
In Time (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix) – 3:10
Native Intelligence (feat. Trent Reznor) – 4:29
Kick Me (feat. Iggy Pop) – 3:37
Kick Me (feat. Fever333) – 2:05
In Time (HEALTH Remix) – 4:58
Native Intelligence (feat. Trent Reznor – Ghostemane Natural Selection Remix) – 3:33
Happy (Boy Harsher Remix) – 4:48
True (feat. Trent Reznor – Stu Brooks Remix) – 5:59
Serious Dub (Scientist Remix) (Digital Bonus Track) – 5:00
Happy (A. Fruit Remix) (Digital Bonus Track) – 3:17

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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