Best O' Boingo

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1991
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008811042424
  • Catalog Number: 10424
  • Sales rank: 18,080

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dead Man's Party (6:24)
  2. 2 When the Lights Go Out (4:11)
  3. 3 Gratitude (5:14)
  4. 4 Skin (4:40)
  5. 5 Flesh 'n Blood (4:09)
  6. 6 Not My Slave (4:46)
  7. 7 Stay (3:38)
  8. 8 Sweat (4:31)
  9. 9 No Spill Blood (4:34)
  10. 10 Out of Control (4:10)
  11. 11 Weird Science (6:06)
  12. 12 No One Lives Forever (4:08)
  13. 13 Wild Sex (In the Working Class) (4:17)
  14. 14 Just Another Day (5:14)
  15. 15 Who Do You Want to Be (3:21)
  16. 16 Only a Lad (3:50)
  17. 17 Goodbye-Goodbye (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oingo Boingo Primary Artist, 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
Sam Cooke Composer
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boingo Beats All

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kudos to Boingo!

    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..

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