I loved the Oompah Loompah songs Danny Elfman wrote for
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Today I found an
interview where Elfman reveals that the Augustus Gloop song "was
by big brassy Bollywood production pieces!"
And the controversy about trimming Roald Dahl's original words, like
"In the book, they were written more like extended chants than songs, but
his lyrics already had a wonderful rhythm to them. In the end, I had to do
a lot of editing, but I think I was 95% true to the book, with just a bit
of tweaking here and there."
He remembers that Tim Burton "kept throwing me off center by suggesting
music that I wasn't expecting." But...
"...we had worked together enough
that I knew I could do a lot of crazy things without shocking him!"
"I can't remember when
I've had more fun working at all. It was truly and wonderfully nuts!"
The web page even offers mp3s with sound clips from all the songs. But
really better if you let the movie surprise you.