-> ''"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 ''Film/{{Freeway}}''), a young Steve Bartek, and Rick's little brother Music/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 TheSeventies, the band sold everything they had to create the no-budget sci-fi cult classic ''Film/ForbiddenZone''. 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 {{Ska}}-tinged {{New Wave|Music}}. 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'', coincidentally) had given Danny his [[Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure first real job]] as a film composer. Many, many others soon followed.

In 1994, Danny Elfman suffered a breakdown, resulting in a brief falling out 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 listening to his daughter's album collection, which included Music/TheBeatles, Music/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. A reunion is confirmed to be out of the question, as many of the original members, including Elfman, have developed irreversible hearing loss as a result of playing loud rock music in front of huge amps for so long. Nevertheless, each member has done well for himself: bassist John Avila went on to produce Music/ReelBigFish and is currently playing with TheMutaytor. Keyboardist Richard Gibbs got hired to score ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. 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 Music/DannyElfman became a full-time film composer, with Steve Bartek as his arranger.

'''Oingo Boingo 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 Music/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)

!!the music of Oingo Boingo provides examples of:
* AllTakeAndNoGive: Defied in "Not My Slave". The narrator tries to talk his love interest out of her submissive tendencies, insisting she's not his property and that he just wants her to be happy.
* 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" and "Only a Lad", among others.
* 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: "[[Music/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.
* EvilRedhead: Or at least ''creepy as hell'' - Elfman's persona in the videos.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Change" glides to a comfortable ending after 15 minutes, only to return for the final verse and chorus.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The eponymous Elevator Man. "I'm so polite" indeed.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The marimba lead break on "No One Lives Forever" sounds like a test run for Elfman's score for ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''.
** "Nasty Habits" resembles an early version of "Breakfast Machine" from ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure''.
* FilkSong: "No Spill Blood" is one for ''[[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau The Island of Doctor Moreau]]''.
* FishOutOfWater: "On The Outside"
* ForScience: "Weird Science"
* FracturedFairyTale: "Cinderella Undercover"
* FriendToAllChildren: In "Long Breakdown":
-->I believe, I believe in the cry of little children
-->There's a thorn in my side that makes me want to free them
* GenreRoulette: Sometimes. Probably the weirdest examples are "Country Sweat" (a slowed-down country version of "Sweat"), "Water" (Main/BlueGrass), and "Burn Me Up" (thrash metal with a '''''saxophone chorus''''').
* [[WomanInWhite Girls in White:]] The doll-dismembering girls in the "Insanity" video.
* Series/TheGongShow: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTRd1a5MVMw Here they are]] in a 1976 appearance.
** Referenced in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's Oingo Boingo style parody "You Make Me".
* {{Hellevator}}: "Elevator Man"... [[GainaxEnding possibly.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: The adults in "Only a Lad" say of the title character, "society made him" and "he's our responsibility"...then proceed to do ''absolutely nothing'' to curb his behavior.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: "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".
* ISeeDeadPeople: "Mama"
* 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 go to Hell when he dies.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: The music videos for "Little Girls", "Nothing Bad Ever Happens To Me" and "Stay".
* 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”.
* ManipulativeBastard: The song "Gratitude" is sung from the point of view of one who appears to be mocking the people they manipulated.
* 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 a 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 that out.)[[/note]]
* NewSoundAlbum: ''So-Lo'' ([[SynthPop slower and synth-ier]]) and ''Boingo'' (AlternativeRock).
* {{New Wave|Music}}
* 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”
* 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 [[Music/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: "Something Isn't Right". "Insanity" might also count, but it's unclear what the relationship is between the narrator and the owner of the "pretty head".
* 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 (or never held to begin with, depending on who you ask), 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 [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed look-alikes of other pop stars of the time]] ([[Music/CyndiLauper Cyndi Lauper]], {{Music/Madonna}} et al.) in chains doing slave labor.
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: "Out of Control"
* TeenPregnancy: In "Sweat":
-->The cool girls got knocked up
-->[[Music/CyndiLauper They only wanted to have fun]]
* TestosteronePoisoning: Deconstructed in "Tough As Nails". The protagonist, "Mr. Macho", constantly daydreams about being a ladykilling action hero as an escape from his depressing life.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The videos for [[Film/BackToSchool "Dead Man's Party"]] and [[Film/WeirdScience "Weird Science".]]
* VillainProtagonist: The narrator of "Little Girls".
* WhiteGuilt: "Capitalism" is, in part, about this.
* WordSaladHorror[=/=]WordSaladLyrics: "Just Another Day", "Whole Day Off", "Reptiles and Samurai", and "Dead or Alive", among others.