Oingo Boingo

Profile:
American new wave band formed by songwriter Danny Elfman in 1979. The band emerged from a surrealist musical theatre troupe, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, that Elfman had led since 1976 and written material for in the years previous. Oingo Boingo were known for their high energy live concerts and experimental music, which can be described as mixing rock, ska, pop, and world music. The band's body of work spanned 17 years, with various genre and line-up changes.

As a rock band, Oingo Boingo started as a ska and punk-influenced new wave octet, achieving significant popularity in Southern California. During the mid-1980s, the band changed line-ups, and adopted a more pop-oriented style, until a significant genre change to alternative rock in 1994. At that point, the name was shortened to simply "Boingo" and the horn section was dropped. The band retired after a farewell tour in 1995, for which they reverted to the name Oingo Boingo and readopted the horn section.

Line-up:
Danny Elfman (1979-1995) - composer, music director, lead vocals, brass, violin, guitar, percussion
Steve Bartek (1979-1995) - guitar, vocals, percussion, horn arrangements, accordion
Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez (1979-1995) - drums, percussion
Sam "Sluggo" Phipps (1979-1993, 1995) - tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet, flute, percussion, backing vocals
Leon Schneiderman (1979-1993, 1995)- baritone & alto saxophones, flute, instrument design and construction, percussion, backing vocals
Dale Turner (1979-1993, 1995) - trumpet, trombone, percussion, guitar, backing vocals
Dan Schmitt (1979-1980) - keyboards
Jeff Breeh (1979) - bass
Kerry Hatch (1979-1984) - bass guitar, vocals, bass synthesizer, percussion, backing vocals
Richard "Ribbs" Gibbs (1980-1984) - keyboards, synthesizer, trombone, percussion, backing vocals
David Eagle (1980) - drums
Michael Bacich (1984-1987) - keyboards, backing vocals
John Avila (1984-1995) - bass guitar, bass synthesizer, percussion, accordion, backing vocals
Carl Graves (1987-1993) - keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
Warren Fitzgerald (1993-1995) - guitar, backing vocals
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Albums

SP-4863 Only A Lad — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Only A Lad (Album) A&M Records, I.R.S. Records SP-4863 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
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CS-4903 Nothing To Fear — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Nothing To Fear (Album) A&M Records, I.R.S. Records CS-4903 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
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CS 3252 Good For Your Soul — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul (Album) A&M Records CS 3252 US 1983 Sell This Version
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#1008 The Penthouse/Omni Magazine College Rock Concert — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo The Penthouse/Omni Magazine College Rock Concert(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #1008 US 1983 Sell This Version
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MCA 5665, MCA -5665 Dead Man's Party — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA 5665, MCA -5665 US 1985 Sell This Version
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MCAC-5811 Boi-Ngo — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Boi-Ngo (Album) MCA Records MCAC-5811 US 1987 Sell This Version
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none Boingo Alive (Celebration Of A Decade 1979-1988) — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Boingo Alive (Celebration Of A Decade 1979-1988) (Album, Comp) MCA Records none US 1988 Sell This Version
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MCAC-6365, MCAC 6365 Dark At The End Of The Tunnel — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Dark At The End Of The Tunnel (Album) MCA Records MCAC-6365, MCAC 6365 US 1990 Sell This Version
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9 24562-2 Boingo — Oingo Boingo Boingo* Boingo (Album) Giant Records 9 24562-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
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none On The Edge — Oingo Boingo Boingo*, Milla*, Collective Soul Boingo*, Milla*, Collective Soul - On The Edge(CD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One none US 1994 Sell This Version
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31454 0504 4 Farewell: Live From The Universal Amphitheatre — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Farewell: Live From The Universal Amphitheatre (Album) A&M Records 31454 0504 4 US 1996 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

1-130 Demo EP — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Demo EP(10", EP, Ltd, Num, Promo) Little Maestro Music 1-130 US 1979 Sell This Version
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SP 70400 Oingo Boingo — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo (EP) I.R.S. Records SP 70400 US 1980 Sell This Version
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none Only A Lad — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Only A Lad (Single) I.R.S. Records none US 1980 Sell This Version
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K-8543 Little Girls — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Little Girls(7", Single) A&M Records K-8543 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
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SP-17203 Private Life — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Private Life (Single) A&M Records SP-17203 US 1982 Sell This Version
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2504, 2504-S Whole Day Off — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Whole Day Off(7", Mono, Promo, Y P) A&M Records, A&M Records, I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 2504, 2504-S US 1982 Sell This Version
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S-304 30, S 30430 Nothing To Fear — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Nothing To Fear(7", Single) A&M Records, A&M Records S-304 30, S 30430 Bolivia 1982 Sell This Version
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AM-2610 Wake Up (It's 1984) — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Wake Up (It's 1984) (Single) A&M Records AM-2610 US 1983 Sell This Version
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SP-17242 Nothing Bad Ever Happens / Who Do You Want To Be — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Nothing Bad Ever Happens / Who Do You Want To Be(12", Promo) A&M Records SP-17242 US 1983 Sell This Version
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10394 Good For Your Soul — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul(7", EP) A&M Records 10394 Bolivia 1983 Sell This Version
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LMCS 52726 Just Another Day — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Just Another Day (Single) MCA Records LMCS 52726 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
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258 920-0 Weird Science (Extended Dance Version) — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Weird Science (Extended Dance Version) (Single) MCA Records 258 920-0 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
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258 907-7 Weird Science / Weird Mama — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo / Ira And The Geeks Oingo Boingo / Ira And The Geeks - Weird Science / Weird Mama (Single) MCA Records 258 907-7 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
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MCA-52789 Stay — Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo Stay (Single) MCA Records MCA-52789 Canada 1985 Sell This Version

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bin815

bin815

March 2, 2021
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Jarren

Jarren

February 20, 2017
Oingo Boingo's first three albums are incredible bursts of energy, full of spitting vitriol from Danny alongside real tight musicians.

There's an amazing array of sounds present, but the main feeling is angular New Wave. It can range from downright Funk to (almost) Metal to be honest!

Every track on the first three albums is inventive & exciting, and while Danny may not always agree with your particular political landscape (I still don't know for sure if he's serious or not in tracks like Capitalism), you always find yourself singing along.

After Dead Man's Party they changed style quite a bit, like many 80's bands did.

I can't comment on that material.
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Joe_W

Joe_W

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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