Oingo Boingo

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Oingo Boingo /ˈɔɪŋɡ ˈbɔɪŋɡ/ was an American new wave band, best known for their hits "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science". They are noted for their soundtrack contributions and high energy Halloween concerts, as well as their mixture of styles, including ska, pop, rock, and world music. The band was founded in 1972 as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, a performance art group. The band was led by songwriter/vocalist Danny Elfman, who has since achieved success as a composer for film and television.

The group's format changed twice. In 1979, it reshaped from a semi-theatrical music and comedy troupe into a ska-influenced new wave octet and shortened their name to Oingo Boingo. In 1994 the band shortened their name again to Boingo, following a shift away from the use of horns and synthesizers in favor of more guitar-oriented rock that began in the late 1980s. The band retired after a farewell concert on Halloween 1995, for which they reverted to their earlier style and to the name Oingo Boingo.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Only a Lad Oingo Boingo 4 2
1983 Good for Your Soul Oingo Boingo 2
1985 Dead Man's Party Oingo Boingo 5 1
1987 BOI-NGO Oingo Boingo 3
1987 Nothing to Fear Oingo Boingo 3 2
1990 Dark at the End of the Tunnel Oingo Boingo 2
1994 Boingo Boingo 2
2010 Forbidden Boingo, Volume One Oingo Boingo 1
2010 Forbidden Boingo, Volume Two Oingo Boingo 1
2010 Marching in Time Oingo Boingo 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Skeletons in the Closet: The Best of Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo 2
1990 Stay Oingo Boingo 1
1991 Best o’ Boingo Oingo Boingo 1
1999 Anthology Oingo Boingo 1
2002 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Boingo Alive Oingo Boingo 1
1996 Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheater Oingo Boingo 2
1980-08-17: Whiskey a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA, USA Oingo Boingo 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Forbidden Zone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Danny Elfman; The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo 3 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 You Got Your Baby Back Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo 1
1983 Wake Up (It's 1984) Oingo Boingo 1
1985 Just Another Day Oingo Boingo 2
1985 Weird Science Oingo Boingo 1
1986 Stay / Dead Man's Party Oingo Boingo 1
1987 Not My Slave Oingo Boingo 1
1987 Pain Oingo Boingo 1
1989 Flesh and Blood Oingo Boingo 1
1990 Out of Control Oingo Boingo 1
1994 Hey! Oingo Boingo 1
1994 Insanity Oingo Boingo 2
All the Pieces Oingo Boingo 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Demo EP Oingo Boingo 1
1980 Oingo Boingo EP Oingo Boingo 2

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