Dead Man's Party
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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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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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read more
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by M. J. WALLACE
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... Read more
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Logan Albright
this is a pretty funny album, have had the tape for years and decided it was time to get the CD. Dead Mans Party is a great song, but, come to think of it, all of them are. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2002 by J. M. Adams
Oingo Boingo's party album wins in all categories. Lyrics, fun and dangerous (The first track being very sad at times, leaves you with a craving for a real sick party, you get it! Read morePublished on July 28 2002 by Phylo Brag
In terms of an album containing a groups good music, this one is on the top of the pile. Although not a "geatest hits", every track is a lesson in what makes Oingo so... Read morePublished on March 29 2002 by M. Garcia