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Oingo BoingoAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: May 17, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Giant Records (Warner)
  • ASIN: B000002L22
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Danny Elfman has written soundtracks (Batman et al.) for the last decade, so it's no surprise he's ditched the hyperkinetic pop of the Oingo Boingo era for more mature, long-form epics in reviving his old band. Most people will run screaming from Elfman's intensity and dense wordplay, but the emotional depths plumbed by tracks like "Can't See" (Useless) and the 16-minute fever dream "Changes" ensure cult acclaim. --Jeff Bateman

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent listening experience February 8, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is the best album I've bought in a long time. I bought this album because I had heard "Insanity", and it blew me away. I am still amazed every time I hear that song. The first time I listened to this disc, I was struck by the fact that most of the music sounds very much like a late Beatles album, complete with "I am the Walrus". Of course, I mean that as a very high complement. This version of "Walrus" is so well done, mostly faithful to the original recording, but still unique. To me, "Lost Like This" sounds like some of Lennon's solo work, and the multi-faceted "Change" even has the bass line and some rhythm guitar parts from "Taxman" in one section. As anyone who has listened to Danny Elfman's other work (with or without Oingo Boingo) would expect, most of the subject matter is much darker than anything the Beatles (or many other artists, for that matter) wrote about. With that in mind, I agree with the other reviewer who recommended buying the cassette version of this album just to get the song "Helpless", a swirling, twisted, and macabre waltz. I am also partial to the two touching and intensely personal songs, "Mary" and "Can't See (Useless)". My only negative word about this album is that "Pedestrian Wolves" runs a bit long for my taste. In conclusion, "Insanity" still stands out, but the rest of the album is phenomenal.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DANNY ELFMAN: MADMAN / GENIUS October 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this CD in '94 it completly blew my mind. As Elfman's last studio rock album it bridges the gap between his soundtrack and pop carreers. INSANITY begins the album with an eerie orchestral score reminicint of his Batman music combined with his always sinister lyrics. And the album's mood never changes after. Even when covering the Beatles I AM THE WALRUS they're on a macbre rollercoaster of rock that rivals even the Beatles' performence. The closer is one of the band's most dynamic pieces CHANGE. It lasts a whole 15 minutes long and goes through at least 4 diferent changes in tempo troughout until coming back to the original beat at last. Of course for those with short attention spans, on the live record its half as long (while still 8 minutes long). Noone else in rock has ever used orchestrations in such a way as only Elfman knows how on this album. If you like Elfman's film scores, this is a good introduction to Oingo Boingo. Or if youre a Boingo desciple this is a great intoduction to Danny's fabulous film work. This is a gorgeous monstrosity of music and every track is some of Boingo's best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted and manic. That's the beauty of it. October 15, 2005
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Danny Elfman entered into the 90s rock style with songs like "War Again" and "Mary," but I always said that I loved Boingo for their ability to be emotionally ambiguous. Elfman's experience in film scoring has effected this album greatly, especially in "Insanity" and "Change," and I think that alone made this album more emotional in general than the others. I'm fighting back tears when listening to "Mary" while I drive," and "Insanity" makes me hate everybody for about eight minutes. Although many have disliked the change in feel, "Boingo" comes into the darkest realm of any of Danny's music I've ever heard, and it gains that manic sort of idealism that he always hinted at (in things like "Nothing to Fear" and "Glory Be") but never fully explored.

Of personal note is Track 5 "Pedestrian Wolves." One of my all-time favorite Boingo songs, and the second longest next to the last track on this album. "Pedestrain Wolves" captures this gritty bloodlust that seems very realistic somehow, and he revels in the filth of it - although I daresay he is only portraying this, like an actor, rather than writing down his own feelings. He rarely writes about his own feelings, and when he does, it's preachier and less emotional (except maybe "Insanity," which is just creepily murderous). And this song somehow feels similar to the beginning of "Batman Returns." If you watch it after listening to "Pedestrain Wolves," you'll know what I mean.

Also, don't go biased into this album. The cover of "I am the Walrus" IS NOT John Lennon OR the Beatles style. But Danny has always been very similar to them anyways... But I think he does a wonderful job with it, so listen. He's got a better range than Lennon.

Of note: "Lost Like This." Musically darker than most of Danny's stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Wow, I can't believe the people here saying that Danny Elfman wanted to get in on the grunge craze and copy Nirvana. There is nothing on this album that even remotely sounds like grunge music. If you prefer Oingo Boingo's older material then fine. Personally I find it to be way too cheesy and way to "80's pop" for my tastes.

What Danny Elfman did here was bring together some of the members of Oingo Boingo for an entirely new project (hence the name change to just "Boingo") and tried to create a dark, forbidding piece of pop music combined with his classical music style. What he created is a musical masterpiece and an instant classic album. I'm not even remotely interested in getting Oingo Boingo's back catalogue but I will still be listening to this album for years to come. Yes it's dark, yes it's depressing and it's altogether brilliant.

The only disappointment is that Elfman decided to call it quits in terms of pop music after this because I would have loved to hear what else he could have come up with had he continued in this direction. Keep an open mind and ignore the negative reviews.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not satisfied!!
The CD stalled halfway through the first song.
Not satisfied!!!
Published 26 days ago by Ryan L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Opus Magnum of Final Albums
Among Boingo's best. Their final album is their opus magnum. The overall tone is is a far cry from their earlier days, but in so saying that it does not diminish any of their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erik Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't mow a lawn without it.
i owned this album when cassette tapes were still the media of choice. i LOVED it from the first listen. so dynamic, so diverse, so catchy, so deep and so much fun. Read more
Published on July 21, 2010 by Rupert White
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a good thing they changed their name...
I'm sorry, but I don't see the appeal in this album. At all. I think Dead Man's Party, Dark At The End Of The Tunnel, and So-Lo are examples of much better albums, but then again... Read more
Published on December 4, 2008 by Jessie
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
I thought I'd write a review because there's one key thing about this album none of the reviews address. Read more
Published on September 27, 2008 by C. Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Oingo?
This album is by Boingo as Oingo was dropped from the title. It is not the only thing missing in this album. Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by W. Dietrich
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a revisit
13 years later I've been listening to this again - after shelving it in '95 - and I think it holds up as D. Elfman's swansong to pop music. Read more
Published on September 26, 2007 by D. Fick
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful swan song for a fantastic band
Oingo Boingo (Boingo by this album) has obviously influenced music in the 80s. Their work was always fun and frequently poignant. Read more
Published on July 20, 2007 by El Diablito
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favorite album.
This is Oingo Boingo's most mature album, and it's also the darkest in terms of the texture and the lyrics. Read more
Published on September 23, 2006 by Nigel Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like this album you are missing something..
INMO, with an emphasis on humble, this is the best work Elfman and crew have done. I think however, you have to be the type that is moved by more than just catchy riffs or one... Read more
Published on August 12, 2006 by Carlton D. Garrard
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