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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  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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By Billy on April 7 2004
Format: Audio CD
A great listen from Oingo Boingo.
Just Another Day - 7 out of 10
Dead Man's Party - 10 out of 10 - I absolutely love this song. It has a great sound to it.
Heard Somebody Cry - 8 out of 10
No One Lives Forever - 10 out of 10 - My favorite on the album. There's really no words to describe how much I love this song.
Stay - 10 out of 10 - A great ballad-type song.
Fool's Paradise - 7 out of 10
Help Me - 9 out of 10
Same Man I Was Before - 8 out of 10
Weird Science - 10 out of 10 - This song has great parody potential. ;)
Yet another great album released by Oingo Boingo.
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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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Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of Oingo Boingo, and I really like this album. However, I just realized that another favorite band, The CRAZY 8'S (now defunct) would be popular with Boingers. If you like OINGO BOINGO and FISHBONE, you'll LOVE The Crazy 8's! (...especially "Big Live Nut Pack!")
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By statstudent on Nov. 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
oingo boing was the best band of the 80's...it's the perfect 80's sound.
my favorite songs are "dead man's party" and "stay"
i love danny elfman's voice too.
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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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Let me start by saying that Danny Elfman is a true genius. I was familiar with his soundtrack work, but had never really heard his band before. I was extremely pleased that I decided to give him a chance. This record is very fun and very catchy. It's sort of New Wave, but very original and inspired. Every song on here is a classic, from the manic "Weird Science" to the romantic "Stay". Also, I love a band with a good horn section.
After hearing some of Oingo Boingo's other records (all of which are great by the way) I have to say that this one remains the most consistantly good. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.
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