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Best O' Boingo
     

Best O' Boingo

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by Oingo Boingo
 
A gothic, experimental band that utilized a simple blend of R&B and new wave, Oingo Boingo was quite an innovative force in the eight or so years covered on Best O' Boingo. Few bands can claim such a unique spot in the annals of pop music, but thanks to the visionary songs from lead singer Danny Elfman, Oingo Boingo often transcended the limitations of whatever

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A gothic, experimental band that utilized a simple blend of R&B and new wave, Oingo Boingo was quite an innovative force in the eight or so years covered on Best O' Boingo. Few bands can claim such a unique spot in the annals of pop music, but thanks to the visionary songs from lead singer Danny Elfman, Oingo Boingo often transcended the limitations of whatever genre they chose to take on. Picking up after their highly bizarre new wave years, this retrospective emphasizes their poppy, mainstream work, starting with their morbid good-times anthem "Dead Man's Party." Perhaps the best song in their catalog, the track utilizes every likable aspect of their sound, from the intense horn work and start-and-stop rhythms to Elfman's endearingly nasally yelp and impressive compositional skills. Other highlights include the Talking Heads-influenced "Not My Slave," the eerie Eastern-flavored "Sweat," and the campy creep-out anthem "No One Lives Forever." Without access to the material from Boingo's years on A&M Records, the album does feel a bit padded, especially when material from the bland Boi-ngo gets so much play. But with so many great Elfman songs in one place, it's hard to argue with the amount of quality new wave that makes it onto the record. Besides, 1999's Anthology underrated this period in their career, making Best O' Boingo the premiere sampler of their pop-oriented years.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/1991
Label:
Universal Mod Afw
UPC:
0008811042424
catalogNumber:
10424
Rank:
15264

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oingo Boingo   Primary Artist
Danny Elfman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Sam Phipps   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carl Graves   Keyboards,Vocals
John Avila   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Mike Bacich   Keyboards
Steve Bartek   Guitar
Johnny Hernandez   Percussion,Drums
Leon Schneiderman   Baritone Saxophone
Dale Turner   Trombone,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Producer,Engineer
John Avila   Producer,Engineer
Steve Bartek   Producer,Engineer
Michael Frondelli   Contributor
Bill Jackson   Engineer
Paul Ratejczak   Producer

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Best O' Boingo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Nothing beats boingo. This is the album that I take in my car, as it touches on a wide variety of the amazing groups hits. If you dont already have it, go out and get it now. Danny Elfman's voice is incredible, and for many, their songs and lyrics never become tiresome. I love it, and have for many years now. Atleast give them a listen. What else can this incredibly great band offer?
Guest More than 1 year ago
They had a totally original and wierd sound. And out of it came the man who created some of the film industry's best soundtracks..