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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 [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] {{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'''[[note]]Their studio albums, that is. Their complete discography is over here: http://www.discogs.com/artist/79459-Oingo-Boingo[[/note]]
* 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)
* Dark at the End of the Tunnel (1990)
* Boingo [[note]] (as Boingo) [[/note]] (1994)


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!!the music of OingoBoingo provides examples of:

* BigBrotherIsWatching: "Perfect System", “Wake Up (It's 1984)”, "Grey Matter", “Controller” and "Burn Me Up". "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: “Nothing Bad Ever Happens To Me”
* ConceptVideo: The music videos for "Little Girls", "Private Life", "Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me" and "Gratitude".
* ConspiracyTheorist: The narrator of “Controller”. "Perfect System" might count.
* CoverVersion: "[[TheKinks You Really Got Me]]", "[[Music/TheBeatles I Am The Walrus]]" and "Violent Love"[[note]]by Willie Dixon[[/note]].
** And as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, they covered [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkFLjSrTMHQ "St. James Infirmary Blues".]]
* 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”, “Good For Your Soul" and "Burn Me Up”.
* TheDeadCanDance: “Dead Man’s Party”
* DontFearTheReaper: Again, "Dead Man’s Party”.
* {{Dystopia}}: “Perfect System”
* ElevatorGoingDown: "Elevator Man". [[{{Hellevator}} It doesn't end well.]]
* 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.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Change" glides to a comfortable ending after 15 minutes, only to return for the final verse and chorus.
* FatalMethodActing: '''VERY''' narrowly averted with Danny Elfman, who was almost asphyxiated when two fans in the crowd he'd just dove into grabbed either end of his t-shirt and pulled with all their might, bunching it up around his throat. Luckily, the shirt tore right before he passed out.
* {{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).
** "Nasty Habbits" resenbles an early version of the music for the breakfast machine scene in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure''.
** [[Film/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas "Tender Lumplings."]]
* FilkSong: "No Spill Blood" is one for ''[[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau The Island of Doctor Moreau]]''.
* FishOutOfWater: "On The Outside."
* 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".
* HarshVocals
* {{Hellevator}}: "Elevator Man"...[[MindScrew possibly.]]
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: In "Private Life".
-->This is my private life, come and get me out of here
* IntercourseWithYou: "Wild Sex (In the Working Class)", "Violent Love", "Elevator Man" and "Elementary Physics".
* KarmaHoudini: Johnny in "Only A Lad" gets away with arson, theft, assault, and vehicular manslaughter because the judge believes it's society's fault he's such a psychopath. However, the narrator predicts - or at least hopes - that Johnny will be going to Hell when he dies.
* LonersAreFreaks: Played with in "On The Outside": the narrator thinks himself a weirdo for not fitting into certain social norms and is laughed at for trying, but the last verse indicates that he'd rather be a weirdo than a slave to trends.
* LyricalDissonance: ''Lots''; “Controller” and "Little Girls" spring to mind, and especially “Tender Lumplings”.
* MadScientist: The narrator of “Weird Science”.
* MelismaticVocals
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Typically 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]]''! [[note]](In case you weren't counting, it takes Danny less than eight seconds to spew all of that out.)[[/note]]
* NewSoundAlbum: ''So-Lo'' ([[SynthPop slower and synth-ier)]] and ''Boingo'' ([[AlternativeRock alt rock]]).
* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]
* NightmareFetishist: The narrator of "Pedestrian Wolves":
-->I'm so excited about the prospects
-->Of meeting with a stranger in an alley
-->I'm so excited, I hope they're rough
-->I hope their skin is tough like Spanish leather
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Nasty Habits"
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: They were originally The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, then Oingo Boingo, and finally just Boingo. (They went back to Oingo Boingo for their farewell concert.)
* OneWomanSong: "Louise" and "Mary".
* PerformanceVideo: "Dead Man's Party" is the most straightforward example. "Private Life", "Stay" and "Weird Science" combine this with ConceptVideo, while "Just Another Day" shows the band onstage but has some [[SurrealMusicVideo odd]] touches.
* PrecisionFStrike: In "Capitalism" and "Helpless".
* 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", "Mama", "Something Isn't Right", "Did It There" and "Helpless" readily come to mind.
* ShoutOut: [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour "Wake Up (It's 1984)"]], for obvious reasons.
** “No Spill Blood” is one long shout-out to ''[[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau The Island of Doctor Moreau]]''.
* 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: Danny in most of their music videos.
** If it's not this, it's the KubrickStare.
* 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: "Insanity" and "Something Isn't Right"
* 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 [[PrecisionFStrike dumbfuck?]]
** Conversely, "Insanity" is a Take That towards the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_right 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 look-alikes of other pop stars of the time ([[Music/CyndiLauper Cyndi Lauper]], {{Music/Madonna}} et al.) in chains doing slave labor.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The videos for "Dead Man's Party"[[note]]featuring [[Film/BackToSchool Back to School]] clips[[/note]] and [[Film/WeirdScience "Weird Science".]]
* WordSaladHorror / WordSaladLyrics:: "Just Another Day", "Whole Day Off", and "Dead or Alive", among others.
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