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Editorial Reviews

Before scoring everything from The Simpsons to the Batman movies, Danny Elfman poured all his twisted ideas into Oingo Boingo; this first complete overview takes you from early stuff like Only a Lad and It Only Makes Me Laugh through '80s anthems Dead Man's Party; Weird Science , and Just Another Day to their late radio hits Goodbye, Goodbye and Not My Slave . 34 tracks on 2 CDs!

Disc: 1
1. Intro-Tender Lumplings (Live)
2. Ain't This The Life
3. Nasty Habits
4. On The Outside
5. Only A Lad
6. Little Girls
7. Grey Matter
8. Wild Sex (In The Working Class)
9. Private Life
10. No Spill Blood
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Just Another Day
2. Stay
3. Not My Slave
4. Where Do All My Friends Go
5. Mama
6. Cinderella Undercover
7. Flesh 'N' Blood
8. When The Lights Go Out
9. Out Of Control
10. Insanity (Medium Version)
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B00002MYXZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Marc Lahn on October 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing this short review to say that this is a very good collection and even though there ARE other collections available, the remastering on this double cd is fantastic.
I wish all of you completists out there would realize that not *everybody* has to have every last unreleased track ever committed to tape to have an enjoyable collection.
Of course, it would be great if EVERYTHING were here, but hey, that's what box sets are for. Relax, will ya?!?
For the people out there that want a very good overview of Danny Elfman's genius with Oingo Boingo and you like crisp, wide remastered sound, I'm here to say that this collection is a perfect choice.
For the rest of you who are ripping this collection for not having a bunch of "tresure chest" tracks, go annoy those frustrating record companies. Tell them to release a comprehensive b-sides and unreleased tracks collection. I'd like to see one of those myself.
** "Ain't This The Life" is one of my very favorite Oingo Boingo songs. They did a magnificent version of it on the "URGH: A MUSIC WAR" video (1981). This song is usually left off of those other collections. It IS present here....sounding better than ever!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a tremendous compilation spanning the full career of the group as a rock band. Anyone who does not already own any of their albums and does not wish to buy them individually would do well to immerse themselves in the glory of Anthology.
Some folks have pointed out that there is not much to offer in this collection to those who already own some of the band's other albums. While there are no rare tracks per se, this release does offer a couple of perks for the already converted. Mostly, I think, for the ardent fan who's ready to drop another few bucks for any of the following reasons. First, the sound quality is excellent and may well surpass that of the original cd issues containing the same tracks. Second, this is the only way to get a studio version of Ain't this the Life on cd; I believe, in fact, that it's the only song to make it to cd from the 10 in. E.P. in its original form thus far.
Lastly, perhaps there is a very remote chance that if the album sells well, some exec will have the great idea of releasing all the rare and htf tracks that Danny's got safely hidden in his basement. In the meantime we can listen to our nth generation copies of said rarities, waiting for the day that the band can profit from the proliferation of those songs.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Boingo deserves a better anthology than this record company ripoff! Even though all of the tracks are excellent and the packaging is nice, this is a Best Of... package containing nothing more than music that Boingophiles have had for years. What they should have released were all of the rare tracks that we, the collectors, have been trading for years such as the demo tracks, raritites and B-sides, dance mixes and songs for films which are very hard to find, plus some live cuts from the vaults. Boingo was one of the best bands to emerge from the new wave scene and they did intricate and intelligent music which still has a large and loyal following. The band deserves a better anthology than this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Marie on January 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I adore this collection of songs. It introduced me to stuff I had never heard before and made me want to get more into Oingo Boingo. I was quite unhappy when I couldn't play all the songs after awhile. I learned on-line that the case it comes in is faulty, it comes unglued and the glue eventually gets on the CD making it unplayable, after my cd's started skipping in the last 2 or 3 songs. Thankfully the store I bought it at exchanged it without too much hassle and I immediately bought a new case for the cd's to prevent it from happening again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on March 14, 2005
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...this is an excellent place for newbies to start, and for the remastering alone, a required purchase for people like me.

The selection of songs covers their career nicely, thoughtfully adding in songs from Danny Elfman's solo disc, and a few live tracks.

I'm a bigger fan of the first three albums, and would purchase remastered versions in a heartbeat. The few songs chosen off those discs sum that era up well.

Their later stuff, like "Dead Man's Party" on up, is more hit and miss. Less manic, but possibly more "musical" and less "crazy". The songs they've chosen exemplify that era nicely too.

The remastering here is absolutely suh-weet! I haven't heard "Only A Lad" or "On The Outside" sound this good since, well, ever. I've come to appreciate their musicianship a bit more because of this...

If I had to complain, I truly miss the studio version of "Goodbye Goodbye", purely for sentimental reasons. But I'm being fussy...

If you have ANY sort of affection for '80's music...for "new wave" or "alternative" rock...for some of the flat-out most fun music ever to dance across your eardrums, then this CD should be in your collection!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Oingo Boingo is an exciting, fun band. This album is great to own if you are looking for a mix of their best songs. It has both studio recordings and great live stuff. The knock to the album is the lack of new material. There are no highly re-done songs that would make it a must have for a Boingo fan. So if you are looking to start a collection - get it, if you already have a collection - you're not missing anything!
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