Oingo Boingo

Profile:
Oingo Boingo began in 1972 as The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo and was initially led 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.

Members:
* 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
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Albums

SP-4863 Oingo Boingo - Only A Lad album art Oingo Boingo Only A Lad (Album) A&M Records, I.R.S. Records SP-4863 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
CS-4903 Oingo Boingo - Nothing To Fear album art Oingo Boingo Nothing To Fear (Album) A&M Records, I.R.S. Records CS-4903 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
CS 3252 Oingo Boingo - Good For Your Soul album art Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul (Album) A&M Records CS 3252 US 1983 Sell This Version
#1008 Oingo Boingo - The Penthouse/Omni Magazine College Rock Concert album art Oingo Boingo The Penthouse/Omni Magazine College Rock Concert(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #1008 US 1983 Sell This Version
MCA 5665, MCA -5665 Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party album art Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA 5665, MCA -5665 US 1985 Sell This Version
MCAC-5811 Oingo Boingo - Boi-Ngo album art Oingo Boingo Boi-Ngo (Album) MCA Records MCAC-5811 US 1987 Sell This Version
MCAD2-8030, MCAD2-80301, MCAD2-80302 Oingo Boingo - Boingo Alive (Celebration Of A Decade 1979-1988) album art Oingo Boingo Boingo Alive (Celebration Of A Decade 1979-1988) (Album) MCA Records MCAD2-8030, MCAD2-80301, MCAD2-80302 US 1988 Sell This Version
MCAC-6365, MCAC 6365 Oingo Boingo - Dark At The End Of The Tunnel album art Oingo Boingo Dark At The End Of The Tunnel (Album) MCA Records MCAC-6365, MCAC 6365 US 1990 Sell This Version
9 24562-2 Oingo Boingo - Boingo album art Boingo* Boingo (Album) Giant Records 9 24562-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
31454 0504 4 Oingo Boingo - Farewell: Live From The Universal Amphitheatre album art Oingo Boingo Farewell: Live From The Universal Amphitheatre (Album) A&M Records 31454 0504 4 US 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1-130 Oingo Boingo - Demo EP album art Oingo Boingo Demo EP(10", EP, Ltd, Num, Promo) Not On Label (Oingo Boingo Self-released) 1-130 US 1979 Sell This Version
SP 70400 Oingo Boingo - Oingo Boingo album art Oingo Boingo Oingo Boingo (EP) I.R.S. Records SP 70400 US 1980 Sell This Version
none Oingo Boingo - Only A Lad album art Oingo Boingo Only A Lad (Single) I.R.S. Records none US 1980 Sell This Version
K-8543 Oingo Boingo - Little Girls album art Oingo Boingo Little Girls(7", Single) A&M Records K-8543 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
SP-17203 Oingo Boingo - Private Life album art Oingo Boingo Private Life (Single) A&M Records SP-17203 US 1982 Sell This Version
2504, 2504-S Oingo Boingo - Whole Day Off album art 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
S-304 30, S 30430 Oingo Boingo - Nothing To Fear album art Oingo Boingo Nothing To Fear(7", Single) A&M Records, A&M Records S-304 30, S 30430 Bolivia 1982 Sell This Version
AM-2610 Oingo Boingo - Wake Up (It's 1984) album art 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 album art 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 album art Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul(7", EP) A&M Records 10394 Bolivia 1983 Sell This Version
MCA-52726 Oingo Boingo - Just Another Day album art Oingo Boingo Just Another Day (Single) MCA Records MCA-52726 US 1985 Sell This Version
258 920-0 Oingo Boingo - Weird Science (Extended Dance Version) album art Oingo Boingo Weird Science (Extended Dance Version) (Single) MCA Records 258 920-0 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
258 907-7 Oingo Boingo - Weird Science / Weird Mama album art 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
MCA-52789 Oingo Boingo - Stay album art Oingo Boingo Stay (Single) MCA Records MCA-52789 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
45-33560 Oingo Boingo - Weird Science / Weird Romance album art Oingo Boingo / Ira And The Geeks Oingo Boingo / Ira And The Geeks - Weird Science / Weird Romance(7") MCA Records 45-33560 Ecuador 1985 Sell This Version

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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.
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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