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"Don't run away! It's only me!"
Dead Man's Party is the 4th album by Cult New Wave band Oingo Boingo, released in the year 1985.
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This album, unlike the earlier albums of the band, has a more poppy and danceable sound and basically downplays the whole Ska influence those three albums had. And even though it drop the Ska-Punk elements to a degree, the album also has the bands three Signature Songs on it: The Title Track, "Stay" and the theme song for Weird Science (the latter of which Danny Elfman regretted since it didn't fit the repertoire).

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Tracklist:

  1. "Just Another Day" (5:14)
  2. "Dead Man's Party" (6:23)
  3. "Heard Somebody Cry" (4:39)
  4. "No One Lives Forever" (4:16)
  5. "Stay" (3:39)
  6. "Fool's Paradise" (4:36)
  7. "Help Me" (3:47)
  8. "Same Man I Was Before" (3:26)
  9. "Weird Science" (6:10)

It's a troper's party! Who could ask for more?:

  • Calacas: The album cover was inspired by The Day of The Dead, with all of the skeletons dancing and partying. There is even a skeletal mariachi band.
  • Epic Rocking: Apart from the three minute songs, the album has more lenghty tracks then the earlier three. Big example would be the Title Track, which is about six minutes and twenty-three seconds.
  • For Science!: "Weird Science", natch.
  • Halloween Songs: Basically the whole album, since it does have themes of death and the related things about it, but only more optimistic like "Dead Man's Party" and "No One Lives Forever".
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  • Mad Scientist: "Weird Science" is sung by one.
  • One-Word Title: "Stay"
  • Performance Video: "Just Another Day", "Dead Man's Party" and "Stay"'s music videos are these. With "Stay" and "Just Another Day" having some unique touches to make it feel more surreal.
  • Video Fullof Film Clips: The videos for "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science".
  • We All Die Someday: "No One Lives Forever" takes the Anti-Nihilist approach, basically throwing a party with the awareness of mortality.
  • Word Salad Lyrics / Word-Salad Horror: Even when Oingo Boingo changed their sound to more poppy endeavors, their cryptic lyrics still linger on.
    • "Heard Somebody Cry" for example:
      The shoe is on the other foot—the glove is on the fist
      The first is like a cannonball—but it feels like a kiss
      I got a bed that's real soft—in a room that's always sad
      I thought I heard a window sigh—I though I heard somebody cry
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