Dead Man's Party

Dead Man's Party

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by Oingo Boingo
     
 

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Returning after a two-year recording hiatus (during which bandleader Danny Elfman recorded a solo album), Oingo Boingo forsook the excesses of smart-aleck humor and quirky production that had led critics almost universally to dismiss the band's first four albums. The sound is still maybe just a bit too uptight and over-determined, but the horn charts are more focused… See more details below

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Returning after a two-year recording hiatus (during which bandleader Danny Elfman recorded a solo album), Oingo Boingo forsook the excesses of smart-aleck humor and quirky production that had led critics almost universally to dismiss the band's first four albums. The sound is still maybe just a bit too uptight and over-determined, but the horn charts are more focused and sophisticated, and Elfman has matured considerably as a lyricist. Alongside such typically oddball fare as the title track and a surprise hit song called "Weird Science" are the faintly paranoid "Just Another Day" and the frankly romantic "Stay," as well as a glorious Motown tribute called "Help Me." But "Weird Science" is what really brings things to a close with a bang -- though it reverts somewhat to the band's earlier indulgence in wacka-wacka sound effects and willfully crazy production technique, it's also one of Boingo's most satisfying pop songs ever. Overall, this is perhaps the first Oingo Boingo album to hang together really well as a whole. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076732566527
catalogNumber:
5665
Rank:
17834

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Performance Credits

Oingo Boingo   Primary Artist
Danny Elfman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Sam Phipps   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Avila   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Mike Bacich   Keyboards
Steve Bartek   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Gibbs   Synthesizer,Trombone,Keyboards,Vocals
Kerry Hatch   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Johnny Hernandez   Percussion,Drums
Leon Schneiderman   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Dale Turner   Percussion,Trombone,Trumpet
John Avtla   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Mike Batch   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Producer,Contributor
Steve Bartek   Producer
Bill Jackson   Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Dale Turner   Contributor
Larry Vigon   Art Direction

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