Oingo Boingo

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Oingo Boingo
Also known as
  • Clowns of Death
  • Mosley & The B-Men
  • Boingo
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1979–1995
Past member(s)Leon Schneiderman
Dale Turner
Sam "Sluggo" Phipps
Danny Elfman
Steve Bartek
John "Vatos" Hernandez
Josh Gordon
Kerry Hatch
Richard Gibbs
John Avila
Michael Bacich
Carl Graves
Warren Fitzgerald
Doug Lacy
Marc Mann

Oingo Boingo (/ˈɔɪŋɡ ˈbɔɪŋɡ/) was an American new wave band. It was formed by songwriter Danny Elfman in 1979. The band was created from a surrealist musical theatre group, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Elfman had led and written material for that group for years before creating Oingo Boingo.[5] Their highest charting song, "Weird Science", reached No. 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Oingo Boingo were known for their high energy concerts and experimental music. Their music can be described as mixing rock, ska, pop, and world music.[1] The band made music over 17 years. They used many different genres and had many line-up changes. Their best-known songs include "Only a Lad", "Little Girls", "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science".

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oingo Boingo – Biography, Albums, Streaming Links – AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 13, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Holden, Stephen (August 31, 1981). "Rock Bands: Oingo Boing and Go-Go's". The New York Times. p. C15. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  3. Miller, Scott (2010). Music: What Happened?. 125 Records. ISBN 978-0-615-38196-1.
  4. "Danny Elfman: The 10 songs that changed my life". Kerrang.com. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  5. Benson, Alex (May 15, 2018). "The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo: Danny Elfman's Circus Theater Origins". Medium. Retrieved October 13, 2019.