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Editors’ Notes

Skeletons in the Closet surveys 1981 to 1983, when Oingo Boingo released three classic albums on A&M. At the time, Boingo was one of the most popular bands on the L.A. club scene, and these 12 songs make it easy to see why. They blend the agitation of punk with the nervous drive of ska and the far-out instrumentation of world music. Danny Elfman’s elastic vocals hold the songs together, and his vibrant wordplay is the linguistic equivalent of the band’s sonic frenzy. Songs like “Grey Matter” and “Only a Lad” are fight songs for kids who preferred to fight with their imaginations rather than fists. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Boingo is that, at heart, it was a dance band. From “Little Girls” to “Insects” and “Whole Day Off,” this is dance music for all the nerds, freaks, and misfits who weren’t welcome at their official school dances. Some say the '80s was the decade in which the geeks inherited the earth. If that’s true, Oingo Boingo was the house band.

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Oingo Boingo

It's Oingo Boingo, and it's cool because Oingo Boingo is cool...they really scared me when they were on American Bandstand playing "Only a Lad". My jaw dropped when Danny Elfman had that evil grin, bright red hair, and wife-beater tank top on. Sheesh. You must buy this album, or you're not cool.

"Best of.." is correct

A great compilation of Oingo Boingo. Songs that feature the entire band with longevity that 25 years later I still love listening to. To this day I'm glad a friend played OB back in the 80's while I was at his house. There's never been a band since that can match the style and complexity which made them unique.


By far the best album I have bought this year. It makes you wish more artists would actually compose their music rather than just re-hash the same old stuff. There is no can that you can scoop a handful of Oingo Boingo from. This is great stuff.


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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