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Dead Man's Party

4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 28 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000002O2E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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1. Just Another Day
2. Dead Man's Party
3. Heard Somebody Cry
4. No One Lives Forever
5. Stay
6. Fool's Paradise
7. Help Me
8. Same Man I Was Before
9. Weird Science

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Before he wrote half the soundtracks in the world (Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas) Danny Elfman led himself an eccentric little rock band called Oingo Boingo. Actually they weren't so little; in fact, the eight-man band boasted one of rock's finest horn sections in addition to Elfman's devilishly good, often humorous songs. Dead Man's Party is Boingo's finest hour, melding their whacked-out mix of XTC, Frank Zappa, and Tower of Power with a genuine pop sensibility. Elfman is in perfect vocal form here, leading the combo through their biggest hit, "Weird Science" (which put Elfman on the soundtrack path) as well as Boingo chestnuts "Fool's Paradise" and the infectious, macabre title track. --Michael Ruby

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Format: Audio CD
This probably one of my favorite mid 80's albums. Perhaps a close second to Peter Gabriel's So album in 86.
To me, Oingo Boingo is a weird / funny name. In fact I think there was a pair of jeans of the same name in the 80's.
Arguably, this is one of their best. In fact, I believe there may be some kind of underlying theme here. I think this is more of a focused / concept type of album (though only Danny Elfman probably knows what the specifics are to this theme). Many of the tracks don't necessarily deal with a dead man's party, but they do include mentions of ghosts, souls, and death. The lyrics are morbid / mordant. Songs like the title track, "no one lives forever", "same man i was before", and "heard somebody cry" all deal with similar anthems. Not that this initially would seem like fun material, but lead singer Elfman seems to poke fun at himself in the process, which lightens the sometimes errie tones.
If Oingo's morbid lyrics aren't appealing though, DMP keeps itself interesting for a plethora of other reasons. Sounds of trumpets, bells, xylophones, and synthesizers create a noisy and strange atmosphere, yet they're set with ingenious juxtapositions with some funky rythyms. It's a driving album and perhaps Oingo did accomplish more with Only a Lad, but from a commercial perspective, this was the peak of their success.
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By A Customer on Sept. 25 2003
Format: Audio CD
Dead Man's Party is indeed their finest hour, too bad it comes in rather short. Even the non-album B-side 'Mama' should be sought after. DMP boasts a wild and frenetic energy notably lacking most of today's music. Elfman who was always a undiscovered gem until his soundtracks took off (except to us So Cal die hards) really shows off his composition talents to make no mention of the fact that he is an awesome singer, capable of a wide range of vocalizations. One of the superb facets of Oingo songs was Elfman was always able to incorporate every element of the band and let them shine. All members really get their chance here: Steve Bartek's distorted feedback riffs infiltrate every song, Avila's bass is a lovely gem buried in the mix too (see the track 'Help') and the horn section also gets their kicks in almost every track. What your left with is an intelligent, intriguing, edgy and very fun album with never a dull moment.
Bottom line for the uninitiated: start here and work your way backwards through the Oingo Boingo discogprahy. The three previous albums deserve much more notice for their influence and originality.
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Yes, Oingo Boingo, one of 2 of my favorite bands. (the other being They Might Be Giants) I guess I should start off by saying that this is not my favorite Oingo Boingo CD. I like this one very much, but It can't beat earliar Oingo Boingo. This CD was most likely the most famous of all Oingo's CD's, I mean, it had Dead Man's Party, (I guess a lot of people heard it in the movie "Back To School," which I saw on Comdey Central.) and the great song "Weird Science," which I have heard all my life. (I used to watch the show on USA, but I can't remember if it has the original song) I thank the song Weird Science everyday because if it wasn't for that song, I would have never discovered Oingo Boingo. Well, anyways this CD holds great music and great lyrics as well. The only song I don't like is the opened "Just Another Day," I just don't care for Oingo Boingo slow songs, I love the ones with hyper energy. But if you enjoy Oingo Boingo, or you love 80's music, then try this CD out. It has no disappointments on it, and it really shows the genious that is Danny Elfman.
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'Dead Man's Party' is Boingo's masterpiece, a perfect album, and not simply because of the seminal nature of the title track, which is their signature song. Lively, percussive and eminently danceable, Boingo were kings of the LA new wave scene, setting a high standard that few bands of the time could messure up to. Similar in style and tone to Adam and the Ants and the Hoodoo Gurus there really is no band quite like them. Danny Elfman's inexplicable obsessions with death and his devotion to musical intensity were unique, and no one could or would imitate them. No rock band has ever used brass so well, check out "The Same Man I Was Before". With the release of 'Dead Man's Party' the band really reached it's peak, both in terms of artistry and popularity, eventually Elfman would jettison the band in favor of his far less interesting (but more lucrative) career as a maker of movie scores, but oh how his fans miss him. Included here are many of the bands finest tracks including the title track, 'No One Lives Forever' and their single greatest track 'Stay'. It also includes the well known 'Weird Science' and all the tracks are standouts. If you've never heard of them, I garentee that you've never heard anything like them, Boingo is a worthy addition to any collection. This is the place to start, but every album is worth owning (except the bizarre un-Boingo album Boingo). Just buy it.
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I've dug Oingo Boingo ever since hearing their first EP over twenty years ago. Since then, this is the album that I've come to enjoy above all others. I listen to many of these tunes throughout the year, but when Halloween nears is when I enjoy them the most. When I hear songs like "Just Another Day" and "Dead Man's Party," I hear songs that work for adults who long for adult lyrics with a childlike pop melody. In that same manner, "No One Lives Forever" sounds like a jubilant melody of mortality; I could just picture riding through Disney's Haunted Mansion, and hearing this song blaring on the last wing of the ride! About the only tune that leaves me flat is "Weird Science," but not to the point that I'd hack off a star. Danny Elfman and his crew have made a masterpiece in this album that is simultaneously macabre and mirthful. Each track on the CD, whether methodical or lickety-split, gives the month of October and Dia de la Muerte its greatest Ambassador of the Upbeat!
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