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-> ''"Come on board on the Oingo Boingo spaceship, through time and space, to the Boingo galaxy!"''

In 1972, a young Californian visionary named Rick Elfman decided to form a circus band. The lineup soon consisted of over a dozen people, including his wife Marie-Pascale, his best friend Matthew Bright (who would go on to direct ''{{Freeway}}''), a young Steve Bartek, and Rick's little brother Creator/DannyElfman, who had just returned from traveling Africa and Europe.

With Danny as a [[FaceOfTheBand frontman]], and using his skills on the violin, xylophone, trombone [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Balinese dance]] to give the band its [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly unique sound]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTRd1a5MVMw The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo]] were formed. Their fans included a young Music/WeirdAlYankovic, an up-and-coming Creator/PaulReubens, and a very young Creator/TimBurton, who was attending [=CalArts=] at the time.

At the end of the 1970's, the band sold everything they had to create the no-budget sci-fi cult classic ''{{Film/Forbidden Zone}}''. Having no money to hire a proper crew, Danny decided to score the film himself, and realized he enjoyed being a film composer.

During the film's DevelopmentHell, Danny had taken over and re-formed the band to incorporate his new symphonic sound into their music, and the group very quickly took off in the direction of Music/NewWave {{Ska}}. The new band, called Oingo Boingo, was formed in 1979.

The band became known for its quirky sound and its high-energy Halloween concerts. By 1985, they were scoring hits including "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science," and Creator/TimBurton and Paul Reubens (both fans of ''Forbidden Zone'', by coincidence) had given Danny his [[PeeWeesBigAdventure first real job]] as a film composer. Many, many others soon followed.

In 1994, Danny Elfman suffered a breakdown and (temporarily) broke off all ties with Tim Burton. Because Danny wanted to go in a different direction, the band reshuffled its lineup, rechristened themselves Boingo, and recorded a SelfTitledAlbum which focused most on the rock and orchestral influences of the band's sound. It was partly inspired by Danny Elfman listening to his daughter's album collection, which included Music/TheBeatles, JimiHendrix and Music/LedZeppelin. Their new sound alienated many old fans and gave them plenty of new ones. But by that time, and particularly after a truly terrible gig at the KROQ Weenie Roast, the group realized that their time together was over.

The band retired after a farewell concert on Halloween 1995, having reverted to the name Oingo Boingo for the concert. Bassist John Avila went on to produce ReelBigFish and is currently playing with TheMutaytor. Keyboardist Richard Gibbs got hired to score ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. Drummer Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez continued playing in various bands and had a cameo in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn''. Guitarist Warren Fitzgerald joined TheVandals. Richard Elfman and Matthew Bright created half a dozen film projects together. And DannyElfman became a fulltime film composer, with Steve Bartek as his arranger.

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'''OingoBoingo discography'''
* Only a Lad (1981)
* Nothing to Fear (1982)
* Good for Your Soul (1983)
* So-Lo [[note]] (as DannyElfman) [[/note]] (1984)
* Dead Man's Party (1985)
* Boi-ngo (1987)
* Boingo Alive (1988)
* The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet (1989)
* Dark at the End of the Tunnel (1990)
* Stay [[note]] released only in Brazil [[/note]] (1990)
* Best O' Boingo (1991)
* Boingo [[note]] (as Boingo) [[/note]] (1994)
* Farewell: Live From the Universal Ampitheatre - Halloween 1995 (1996)
* Anthology (1999)


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!!the music of OingoBoingo provides examples of:

* BigBrotherIsWatching: "Perfect System", “1984”, "Grey Matter" and “Controller”. "Marching In Time" may count as well.
* BlackComedy: "No One Lives Forever"
* BreakupSong: "Goodbye Goodbye", "Better Luck Next Time", and "Can't See (Useless)"
* BystanderSyndrome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQy5vKAaTuA “Nothing Bad Ever Happens To Me”]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: The narrator of “Controller”. "Perfect System" might count.
* CoverVersion: "[[TheKinks You Really Got Me]]" and "[[Music/TheBeatles I Am The Walrus]]".
* CrapsackWorld: A distressingly large number of their songs seem to be about (with apologies to Music/IronMaiden) the evil that men do. Murder, statutory rape, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking mindless mischief]] are all on hand in abundance, along with plenty of paranoia and apocalyptic imagery. And the most horrifying part? It's all served up in the form of [[CrapSaccharineWorld infectiously catchy Latin/Caribbean-styled pop-rock]]!
* CreepyChildrenSinging / KidsRock: In the chorus of "Insanity".
* DarkIsNotEvil: “Dead Man’s Party” and many other songs.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: “Nasty Habits” and “Good For Your Soul”
* TheDeadCanDance: “Dead Man’s Party”
* DontFearTheReaper: "Dead Man’s Party”, yet again.
* {{Dystopia}}: “Perfect System”
* EpicRocking: Much their final studio album ''Boingo''. Four songs exceed 7 minutes: "Insanity," "Hey!" "Pedestrian Wolves," and "Change" (with "Change" clocking in at just under 16 minutes). Even including [[SingleStanzaSong the 37-second doggerel track]] "Tender Lumplings" in the mix, the 12 songs on the album ''average'' over 6 minutes each.
* TheFifties: Their neo-rockabilly number, "Goodbye Goodbye."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The marimba lead break on "No One Lives Forever" sounds like a test run for Elfman's score for Tim Burton's ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (three years before the fact).
* ForScience: “Weird Science”
* FracturedFairyTale: "Cinderella Undercover"
* TheGongShow: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTRd1a5MVMw Here they are]] in a 1976 appearance.
** Referenced in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's OingoBoingo style parody "You Make Me".
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuxss1kBQWw&list=RDyuxss1kBQWw "Private Life"]]:
-->This is my private life, come and get me out of here
* IntercourseWithYou: "Violent Love" and "Elementary Physics"
* KarmaHoudini: Johnny in "Only A Lad".
* {{Keet}}: John Avila. Just watch him run around the stage in ''Farewell'', playing basses that are bigger than him and bantering with Danny when the latter is completely exhausted.
* LyricalDissonance: ''Lots''; “Controller” and "Little Girls" spring to mind, and especially “Tender Lumplings”.
* MadScientist: The narrator of “Weird Science”.
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Between 4 and 8. Expect ''lots'' of BlackHumor and NightmareFuel.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually between 3 and 6, though much of ''Dark at the End of the Tunnel'' is at 2.
* MotorMouth: Danny in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSADiTCUlic "Goodbye Goodbye"]]:
--> You're always puttin' the make on my friends always giving them eyes and the dirty lies 'bout me and you well I'm through it's the end of the line for you babe here's a ticket one way Cincinnati I'm sendin' you home to your ma and your daddy so don't try to call me you'll only be wastin' your ''[[CarefulWithThatAxe tiiiime]]''! (In case you weren't counting, it takes Danny less than eight seconds to spew all of that out.)
* Music/NewWave
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Nasty Habits"
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: They were originally “The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo”, then “Oingo Boingo”, and finally just “Boingo”, but they went back to “Oingo Boingo" for their farewell concert.
* RaisedByWolves: “Pedestrian Wolves”
-->Raised by pedestrian wolves, out in the forest
-->Raised by suburban lions, out in the jungle
* SanitySlippageSong: "Insanity", and ''so many others''. "Whole Day Off", "Insects", "I'm Afraid", "Just Another Day", "Did It There" and "Helpless" readily come to mind.
* ShoutOut: “[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]”, for obvious reasons.
** “No Spill Blood” is a ''The Island of Doctor Moreau'' reference.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Tender Lumplings"
* TheSixties: Both "Just Another Day" and "Dead Man's Party" evoke this - "Just Another Day" with its psychedelic imagery and wailing synthesizer, and "Dead Man's Party" with its surf-rock guitar and a pre-climactic bridge that is eerily reminiscent of [[TheDoors "Light My Fire"]].
* SkeletalMusician: The cover art of "Dead Man's Party" features a skeletal mariachi band.
* SlasherSmile: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N_H3teJ1Co Danny did this a lot.]]
* SocietyIsToBlame: Mocked in “Only A Lad”:
-->It’s not his fault that he can’t behave
-->Society’s made him go astray
-->Perhaps if we’re nice he’ll go away!
* StalkerWithACrush: In "Insanity".
-->I'd love to hear you laugh tonight
-->I'd love to hear you weep
-->I'd love to listen to you
-->while you're screaming in your sleep
* SubliminalSeduction: "Cry of the Vatos" which features heavy drums, frantic screaming, and full-volume backmasked lyrics... which when played in reverse, says things like "Accept Jesus into your heart and you will be saved. You will receive everlasting life."
* TakeThatCritics: "Imposter", written after a scathing review the band got in 1981.
-->You're just a critic, we know why you drink so much
-->Jealousy slowly consuming your gut
* TakeThat
** The song "Capitalism" is a Take That inspired by the left-leaning PunkRock bands at the time.[[note]]Although the song's message reflects values which Elfman himself no longer holds, the lyrics are just vague enough to also be interpreted as condemning the privileged hypocrisy ''created'' by capitalism, thus making it popular on both sides of the political spectrum.[[/note]] It includes the immortal tirade:
--> You're just a middle class socialist brat\\
From a suburban family and you never really had to work\\
And you tell me that you've got to get back\\
To the struggling masses, whoever they are\\
You talk, talk, talk about the suffering and pain\\
Your mouth is bigger than your entire brain\\
What the hell do you know about suffering and pain, ya dumbfuck?
** Conversely, "Insanity" is a Take That towards the Christian Right:
--> Let's talk of family values while we sit and watch the slaughter.\\
Hypothetical abortions on imaginary daughters.\\
The white folks think they're at the top, ask any proud white male.\\
A million years of evolution; we get [[UsefulNotes/DanQuayle Danny Quayle]].
** The video for "Weird Science" shows other pop stars of the time (Cyndi Lauper, Madonna et al.) in chains doing slave labor.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Whole Day Off" and "Just Another Day," among others.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: "Change", which glides to a comfortable ending after 15 minutes, only to return for the final verse and chorus.
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