Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo began in 1972 as The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo and was initially lead by Richard Elfman as a musical theater troupe. Richard's brother Danny Elfman took over control in 1976 and in the same year they performed on the television program The Gong Show. In 1977 Richard Elfman had the act perform the soundtrack project for his film Forbidden Zone.

In 1979 the act shortened their name to Oingo Boingo and reformulated their sound. The band featured a unique blend of styles which drew a dedicated following in the L.A. area and generally among the New Wave / Punk scene, but major commercial success remained elusive. The high point of their popularity was 1985, when their biggest hit "Dead Man's Party" was featured in Rodney Dangerfield's comedy film Back To School, together with a cameo performance by the band. Danny Elfman went onto become the preeminent film scorer of the late 20th century. The band continues to record into the mid 1990s, again shortening the act's name to merely Boingo and again shifting their sound for the final years.

After 23 years and 7 full-length studio albums, Oingo Boingo disbanded after giving a "farewell" concert at L.A.'s Universal Amphitheatre on Halloween in 1995, reverting to the name Oingo Boingo for this show.

* Danny Elfman - composer, music director, lead vocals, brass, violin, guitar, percussion, 1973-1995
* Richard Elfman - founder, director, periodic lead vocal, percussion solo, 1972-1976
* Marie-Pascale Elfman - lead vocals, dancer, comedienne, 1972-1977
* Matthew Bright - bass, 1972-1973
* Steve Bartek - guitar, vocals, percussion, horn arrangements, accordion, 1976-1995
* Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez - drums, percussion, 1978-1995
* Sam "Sluggo" Phipps - tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet, flute, percussion, backing vocals, 1974-1995
* Leon Schneiderman - baritone & alto saxophones, flute, instrument design and construction, percussion, backing vocals, 1973-1995
* Dale Turner - trumpet, trombone, percussion, guitar, backing vocals, 1974-1995
* Bruce Fowler - trombone, 1983-1995
* John Avila - bass guitar, bass synthesizer, percussion, accordion, backing vocals, 1984-1995
* Warren Fitzgerald - guitar, 1994-1995
* Doug Lacy - accordion, percussion, 1994-1995
* Marc Mann - keyboards, samples, 1994-1995
* Ernie Fosselius - 1972
* Billy Superball - trumpet, upright & Fender bass, 1972-1974
* Gene Cunningham - 1972-1975
* Danny Stan Ayeroff - jazz guitar, 1972-1975
* William Winant - percussion, 1972-1975
* Lori Mann - accordion, lead vocals, dancer, 1972-1977
* Todd Manley - percussion, 1973-1974
* Josh Gordon - trumpet, tuba, banjar, guitar, 1973-1975
* Jon Gold - guitar, multi-instrumentalist, 1973-1976
* Jan Munroe - mime, dancer, acrobat, 1973-1976
* Miriam Cutler - clarinet, vocals, 1976-1979
* Kerry Hatch - bass guitar, vocals, bass synthesizer, percussion, backing vocals, 1979-1983
* David Eagle - drums, 1980-1981
* Richard Gibbs - keyboards, synthesizer, trombone, percussion, backing vocals, 1980-1983
* Paul Fox - synthesizers, 1984
* Michael Bacich - keyboards, backing vocals, 1984-1987
* Carl Graves - keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals, 1988-1994

Oingo Boingo Discography


SP-4863 Oingo Boingo Only A Lad (Album) A&M Records SP-4863 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
L-37861 Oingo Boingo Nothing To Fear (Album) A&M Records L-37861 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
CS 3252 Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul (Album) A&M Records CS 3252 US 1983 Sell This Version
A-229 The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo* Forbidden Zone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Milan A-229 France 1983 Sell This Version
#1008 Oingo Boingo The Penthouse/Omni Magazine College Rock Concert(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #1008 US 1983 Sell This Version
MCAD-5665, JVC-441 Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCAD-5665, JVC-441 US 1985 Sell This Version
MCAD-5811 Oingo Boingo Boi-Ngo (Album) MCA Records MCAD-5811 US 1987 Sell This Version
MCA2-8030 Oingo Boingo Boingo Alive: A Celebration Of A Decade 1979-1988 (Album) MCA Records MCA2-8030 US 1988 Sell This Version
MCAWD-6365 Oingo Boingo Dark At The End Of The Tunnel (Album) MCA Records MCAWD-6365 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
9 24562-2 Boingo* Boingo (Album) Giant Records 9 24562-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
44008 9639 3 Oingo Boingo Farewell: Live From The Universal Amphitheatre (Album) A&M Records 44008 9639 3 US 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1001 Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo* You Got Your Baby Back(7", Single) Pelican Records (2) 1001 US 1976 Sell This Version
none Oingo Boingo Demo EP(10", EP, Ltd, Num) Not On Label (Oingo Boingo Self-released) none US 1979 Sell This Version
SP 23001 Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo (EP) I.R.S. Records SP 23001 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
none Oingo Boingo Only A Lad (Single) I.R.S. Records none US 1980 Sell This Version
K-8543 Oingo Boingo Little Girls(7", Single) A&M Records K-8543 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
SP-17203 Oingo Boingo Private Life (Single) A&M Records SP-17203 US 1982 Sell This Version
2504, 2504-S Oingo Boingo Whole Day Off(7", Mono, Promo) A&M Records, A&M Records, I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 2504, 2504-S US 1982 Sell This Version
30430 Oingo Boingo Grey Matter / Nothing To Fear (7", Single) A&M Records 30430 Bolivia 1982 Sell This Version
AM-2610 Oingo Boingo Wake Up (It's 1984) (Single) A&M Records AM-2610 US 1983 Sell This Version
SP-17242 Oingo Boingo Nothing Bad Ever Happens / Who Do You Want To Be(12", Promo) A&M Records SP-17242 US 1983 Sell This Version
10394 Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul(7", EP) A&M Records 10394 Bolivia 1983 Sell This Version
45-33560 Oingo Boingo, Ira And The Geeks Oingo Boingo, Ira And The Geeks - Weird Science (Single) MCA Records 45-33560 Ecuador 1985 Sell This Version
25 8714-7 Oingo Boingo Stay (Single) MCA Records 25 8714-7 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
7-52726 Oingo Boingo Just Another Day (Single) MCA Records 7-52726 US 1985 Sell This Version


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November 19, 2015
Richard Elfman had The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo do more than just the soundtrack for the Forbidden Zone. The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo were also actors in the movie with Danny Elfman playing Satan, the rest of the Knights played his minions.

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