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Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo was the band of composer Danny Elfman from sometime in 1978 to October 31, 1995. The band has also gone by the names The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, and simply Boingo.

The band is probably best known for appearing on a number of soundtracks in the early-to-mid-1980s. Their most famous song, "Weird Science" was, in fact, written for the John Hughes movie of the same name. The band made an appearance playing their hit "Dead Man's Party" on stage in the memorable party scene in the movie "Back To School."

Oingo Boingo amicably parted ways after their annual Halloween concert in 1995, because it was "time." The final concert is available on both audio and video recordings.

Frontman Danny Elfman has had a very successful scoring career since, often using Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek as orchestrator. Their film scores have included "Batman," "Good Will Hunting," "Proof of Life," "Men In Black," and dozens more.


  • Oingo Boingo (1980)
  • Only A Lad (1981)
  • Nothing to Fear (1982)
  • Good For Your Soul (1983)
  • Dead Man's Party (1985)
  • BOI-NGO (1986)
  • Boingo Alive (1988, live)
  • Skeletons in the Closet (1989, compilation)
  • Stay (1990)
  • Dark at the End of the Tunnel (1990)
  • Best O' Boingo (1991, compilation)
  • Boingo (1994)
  • Farewell (1996, live, final concert)
  • Anthology (1999, compilation)

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