Oingo Boingowas an American New Wave rock band which was formed in the 1980's. The members of Oingo Boingo were members of the Mystic Knights which was formed in 1972 by Richard Elfman. Mystic Knights began as a musical theater troupe. Most of the members dressed in white face clown makeup. The music for the show ranged from music from the 1890's to the 1950's, plus material of their own. There were as many as 15 band members at times and they played over 30 instruments which included some they made themselves.
The band decided to revert to a rock band because they wanted to cut costs and increase mobility. They wanted to explore new musical styles. They also wanted to perform without the need for theatrics. Richard Elfman was no longer a member at this point. Danny Elfman was the lead vocalist, Steve Bartek player guitar, Richard Gibbs played the keyboard, Kerry Hatch played bass, Johnny Hernandez played drums, and Leon Schneiderman, Sam Phipps, and Dale Turner all played horns. The band had success with their music in 1980, with the song, Only A Lad. In 1981 they released their first album called, Only A Lad. Oingo Boingo appeared in the 1981 movie called, Longshot. In the movie they performed their song, Iíve Got To Be Entertained. The group had a lot of success as they released the albums, Nothing To Fear, in 1982, and Good For Your Soul, in 1983. The band recorded under the A&M Records label and were quite a hit in Southern California. Danny Elfman had a disagreement with A&M Records in 1984 so he recorded a solo record for MCA Records. It was a group effort but was recorded under Dannyís name. Later the band was allowed to record under their bandís name for MCA Records.
The bandís first album released under the MCA Record label and under the Oingo Boingo band name was, Dead Manís Party, in 1985. From the album came the bandís first hit singles. They were, Weird Science and Just Another Day. Their real exposure came from motion pictures and not so much from the radio or MTV. The band has appeared in a number of soundtracks in the 1980's. Weird Science, their best known single, was written for the John Hughes movie, and was later included on Dead Manís Party. This was ironic because the song was one of the bandís least favorites. The group eventually shortened their name to Boingo. The band split up after their annual Halloween concert in 1995. The members went on to pursue solo projects and other interests. The band released a total of 17 albums, 5 singles, 2 tribute albums, 10 filmography, and 22 soundtrack appearances. In early 2007, it was announced that the band would not have a reunion.
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