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After reaching a commercial and creative peak with Dead Man’s Party, Oingo Boingo felt free to move on to a new chapter with 1987’s Boi-ngo. While “Outrageous” reignites one last round of Boingo-style dance rock, most of the album is markedly more introspective in tone than what had came before. While Danny Elfman once sang about surreal hallucinations, “We Close Our Eyes” is a quiet, bittersweet song about looking the mirror and understanding human mortality. The album’s sweet and sometimes humble attitude is a refreshing change of pace following seven years of outlandish dance rock. Yet Elfman hadn't abandoned his fascination with funk. “Home Again” and “Elevator Man” are muscular slabs of rhythmic rock ‘n’ roll with dense arrangements that precede Elfman’s impending forays into the world of film scoring. The best thing about Boi-ngo is that the songs are never what they seem on the surface. Even a club-worthy rhythm like “Pain” becomes more intriguing when the listener looks past its ingratiating beat to absorb the lyrics.

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Amazing Material....

As soon as I heard the opening notes of "Home Again," I knew that this album would contain some of Oingo Boingo's most complex music -- the difficulty of the opening piano line is enough to give any musician chills. "Where Do All My Friends Go" contains some of the most sarcastically meaningful lyrics of any Boingo song (and I mean that in a good way), and "We Close Our Eyes" is a beautiful ballad that is, to say the least, truly poetic. The album undoubtedly reaches a peak of sorts with the timeless "Not My Slave," one of their greatest songs of all time, live or in the studio. All this being said, this is, sadly, Boingo's most commercial album. It's really too bad that the synthesizers had to be laid on so heavily, and that the vocals had to sound so polished. This really did have potential to be one of their very top albums, but instead falls sort of flat on its own poppy sound. Boingo Alive features "live-in-the-studio" versions of almost all of these songs, but it is really to bad that this album couldn't have posessed that same verve in its sound. I mediate here the some of the opinions commonly held -- this really shouldn't be your first Oingo Boingo album, but it is a must have for any long-term fan.

Boingo Lite

Many people I know refer to this one as 'Boingo Ballads' because it was definitely the most commercial sounding Oingo Boingo recoring there is. This is one of my favorite Oingo Boingo releases. It is upbeat, and thier sense of humor is intact. This is pure party music. Some stand out tracks are: Elevator Man, Not My Slave, & Home Again. The album is missing some of Oingo Boingo's darker elements, but it is still a lot of fun.


These guys are really good. I discovered them on an old mix tape in my room and now i have their cd's. Definately one of my favorite bands.


Formed: 1977 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Although Oingo Boingo was often compared to Devo throughout their career (due to both bands' affinity for quirky new wave, goofy stage acts, and most obviously, peculiar yet intriguing band names), Oingo Boingo never obtained the mainstream success that Devo did. But the band did manage to obtain a large and devoted fan base, especially in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA. Oingo Boingo started not as a traditional group per se, as they were originally put together in the '70s by movie director Richard...
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