Danny Elfman's first solo album in nearly four decades, Big Mess, is out on June 11, and among the new songs is a reworked version of Oingo Boingo's "Insects" (from their 1982 album Nothing to Fear). This new version has a new techno-metal exoskeleton but the guts remain the same.
“In the beginning of 2020 I was preparing a live show for Coachella. I’d been looking for old Boingo songs that connected to the dystopian nightmare I found myself immersed in at that moment in time living in America,” Elfman says. “As I played around with different songs it occurred to me that ‘Insects’ made sense. Who were the ‘Insects,’ the blood suckers of today? It was obvious to me - they all hived together in Washington and seemed to thrive on sucking the rational sense of reality out of our brains.”