Pee-Wee's Big Holiday [Music from the Netflix Original Film]

Pee-Wee's Big Holiday [Music from the Netflix Original Film]

by Mark Mothersbaugh


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Released in 1985, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure featured a breakthrough score by Danny Elfman, then primarily known as bandleader of the new wave group Oingo Boingo. He delivered a soon-to-be cult classic with a refreshingly quirky, cartoonish sensibility that perfectly complemented the directing style of Tim Burton on what was the director's first feature-length film. Elfman was reenlisted for the 1988 sequel Big Top Pee-Wee, directed by Randal Kleiser. Nearly three decades later, another new wave frontman-turned-film composer, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, was tapped to provide music for the third Pee-Wee installment, 2016's Pee-Wee's Big Holiday. Using Elfman's work in the series as a template, Mothersbaugh employed atmospheric choir, mallet percussion, harp, and cymbals flesh out strings, brass, and woodwinds in the opening "Main Titles and Farewell." Pulsing strings and brass underscore playful percussion, high-range woodwinds, and the rare appearance of a guitar on the brisk "Pee-Wee's Morning Routine." The tone remains jolly on the jazzy "The Diner" and on the western-infused "Traveling Salesman," and becomes appropriately dramatic but never scary during scenes like "Bank Robbery" and "Escape from Church." "Hallucinations" keeps things zany with Theremin. There's one song on the soundtrack -- "New York," a wry tribute to the city and perhaps to Bernstein-Comden-Green's "New York, New York" -- performed by Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman, with a responsive chorus ("Madison Square Garden, it isn't square and it isn't a garden"). With big shoes to fill, and without using any of Elfman's distinctive themes, Mothersbaugh manages to imitate the palette and the spirit of Elfman's original work to a degree where casual Pee-Wee fans likely won't notice the change, and soundtrack collectors may be nearly as charmed by the results.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2016
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206742688
catalogNumber: 067426
Rank: 182028

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Mothersbaugh   Primary Artist
Pee Wee Herman   Vocals
James T. Sale   Conductor
Mike Miller   Guitar
Kenwood Anderson   Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Mothersbaugh   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Bryon Davis   Producer
Ken Darby   Composer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Lionel Newman   Composer
Paul Reubens   Lyricist,Executive Producer
Bill Pitzonka   Producer,Art Direction
Christopher Guardino   Orchestration
Paul Rust   Lyricist
Jeffrey Schindler   Orchestration
Thomas Bowes   Orchestra Leader
James T. Sale   Arranger,Additional Music
Bradley Denniston   Engineer
Melody Silverman Siroty   Executive Producer

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