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Best O Boingo

Oingo Boingo Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1. Dead Man's Party
2. When The Lights Go Out
3. Gratitude
4. Skin
5. Flesh 'N Blood
6. Not My Slave
7. Stay
8. Sweat
9. No Spill Blood [1988 Boingo Alive Version]
10. Out Of Control
11. Weird Science
12. No One Lives Forever
13. Wild Sex (In The Working Class) [1988 Boingo Alive Version]
14. Just Another Day
15. Who Do You Want To Be
16. Only A Lad
17. Goodbye\x96Goodbye

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Fronted by prolific composer Danny Elfman (The Simpsons, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Dick Tracy, Edward Scissorhands), Oingo Boingo marry seriously clever songwriting and outright silliness. All the band's best songs are accounted for in Best Of, including "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science." The music is propelled by brassy hooks and ska-driven tempos. Elfman's vocals--sometimes a maxed-out, pleading whine, other times a ghoulish undercurrent of a whisper--are a pleasing mismatch for the random lyrical subject matter. --Beth Bessmer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Memento mori, polished and spinning! Nov. 14 2000
Format:Audio CD
There are re-recordings of some of the more popular songs on this album, most notably the one that starts the whole thing off: "Dead Man's Party".
This isn't a bad thing. In the case of "Dead Man's Party", the oddly sluggish feel of the original is gone entirely. Most of the songs, in fact, sound tighter, brighter, and the whole thing just *bounces* along with the cheerily macabre sensibility that an Oingo fan dotes on. I listen to it and find I get the keenest enjoyment from it in the car, despite my rotten speakers. There you are, zooming through space in your little tin-can with internal combustion. Death is not far from your mind, more often than not, and it's invigorating to hear it discussed with such happy relish.
The mood of this compilation is perhaps a bit lopsided: the friskier pieces such as DMP and "Not My Slave" tend to be near the beginning, while the album slides toward wistful sentiment and pretty minor-key warbling toward the end. In the car, the opening trumpets of DMP are a clarion call back to the lighter side of things. Without the "Repeat All" function, it kinda wiggles to a halt. Not bad at-awl.
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This is how it is with me. I picked this CD up a long time ago. I was one of those who thought "Hey, this has "Weird Science" on it", and would play that track over and over. Then I picked up on "Wild Sex" and "Dead Man's Party". Later, "Goodbye,Goodbye" and "No Spill Blood" stuck in the folds of my brain. This was about the time when "Boingo" was released, and soon it was over. I picked up "Farewell" and realized what I missed. A band, that passes all other bands with their shear musicality. Yeah, Elfman is the genius behind it all, but without the others---they wouldn't be the spectacular live band that they were. I'm sad to think I missed it, but now I get to go back and live it through all their previous releases. Goodbye, Goodbye indeed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as I'd Hoped Feb. 16 2000
Format:Audio CD
Having been a major Boingo fan for years, I found the "Best o'Boingo" to be a bit of a disappointment. They kept many of their better songs intact for this collection - "Stay", "Not My Slave", and "Just Another Day" are three of my faves. However, eight of the seventeen tracks are not the original Boingo classics, but re-recordings; and nowhere near as good as the original releases. (The re-recordings of "Dead Man's Party" and "No One Lives Forever", well, stink.) If you are a serious collector of Oingo Boingo music, this might be a good choice to round out your collection; but if you're buying your first Boingo CD, I'd suggest going with one of their older albums, such as "Dead Man's Party".
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4.0 out of 5 stars This "Best Of" is incomplete July 13 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD. It's very fun and danceable with a dark sense of humor running throughout. It is, however, incomplete for anyone wanting an overall look at Oingo Boingo. The band was together for seventeen years and collects only about five years worth of their hits on MCA Records. There is another collection called "Skeletons in the Closet" that covers the earlier part of their career. But if you want a collection Oingo Boingo at its best doing their greatest songs, spring for the 2 disc "Farewell." It's an album recorded from their final concert.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where's "We Close Our Eyes" ? March 10 2000
Format:Audio CD
I live in Brazil, and in 1989 I heard Oingo for the first time here. Some songs from the album "Stay" (may be this one was exclusively to Brazil). Since then, I've been trying to find this album in CD, but is very hard to find some CDs in Brazil, as you may know. This "best of" is very good in my opinion, but there's only one fail: they forgot the song "We Close Our Eyes" that is the moust magical song that I heard from Oingo. If you have some hint, please send me e-mail to: pp1cz@bol.com.br
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