Dead Bands Party: A Tribute To Oingo Boingo

May 24, 2005 | Format: MP3

$9.49
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Label: Indianola Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Indianola Records
  • Total Length: 55:09
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  • ASIN: B000S5C3XY
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,034 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By UncleDrunkle on August 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this album over the weekend though I promised myself I wouldn't. I'm also a huge Oingo Boingo fan. Before I review the album, I'd like to address that most people who are curious about buying this album fall into two groups: Oingo Boingo fans, and fans of the bands covering Oingo Boingo on this album.

If you're one of the latter, this album is fine. It might even be a decent introduction into Oingo Boingo. By and large, the line up of artists are adequate in their respective genre's and who knows? This might be one of those 'rare' collectors items some years down the road. At this point, you should probably ignore the rest of what I'm going to write and go ahead and buy the record.

Alright, that means the rest of you reading are Oingo Boingo fans, like me. Good. Whatever you do, stay as far away from this album as possible. It's horrible and unlistenable. I wouldn't wish this on my ex-wife. The bands are astonishingly boring, at best (and just plain disasterous, at worst), and fall into two categories, by and large: ska-punk (which is really just punk with horns) and emo. Both styles do not translate well when interpreting Oingo Boingo. For the bands that don't try to interject their brand of suck into the songs, they end up just repeating a bland version of a song you probably already own.

I tried liking this album. I really did. In rare cases, it has it's moments (for some reason, the intro's seem to be the only bright spot) but these moments never last. I've been in plenty of bands before and we've done renditions of songs we consider classics. Some work, some don't. This is one of those times someone should have stepped in and said, this is not working.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frankie Castro on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Every cover is good. Some better than others obviously with the highlight being Suburband Legends' "On the Outside" cover. They really bring a fun youthful edge to the song. The "Little Girls" cover by the Rock Raccoons isn't scary enough to drive the sarcastic point home like Oingo Boingo did.

The lowest point though is the Matches/Zebrahead cover of "Violent Love" which isn't even an Oingo Boingo song. It's actually a Willie Dixon cover that appeared on Oingo Boingo's debute EP. I find it very odd that the booklet credited every song to Danny Elfman when the cover of a cover should give credit to Dixon. This is really the only fact that keeps me from giving the album 5 stars.

Aside from that everything is great, but like any tribute album it mostly just makes me want to listen to the originals again.

Oh yeh, and also what album is "Better Luck Next Time" from? I downloaded the original song, but can't find out anything about where it came from. It's a great song though and a pretty decent cover.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Mohney on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Covers should be something special. They should be a combination of the original song mixed with the new artists take. Most of the songs on this album are straight covers. Much like 311's lovesong by the Cure cover. Nothing new, nothing Original added to the song. 2 songs do stick out. The Dead Man's Party Cover is different and the Aquabats Cover of Controller. These 2 songs at least play with the original songs and make something new. Something Different. The rest of the songs are note for note beat for beat the same as the Oingo Original, except done by that middle school garage band down the street that sucks. This could of been something good, idiots must of been put in charge.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this album and wanted to like it. However during the whole album, I kept thinking that someone was hosting a bad karaoke night with the Theme "Oingo Boingo Music".

Just not the same as the real thing and NOT a fitting tribute to the best band ever.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ochry on March 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I found this tribute refreshing. This tribute album put a new twist on the Boingo classics. True, a few of them, namely "Little Girls", "Grey Matter", and "Weird Science", don't stray far enough away from the original. However, the covers of "Not My Slave", "When the Lights Go Out", and "Dead Man's Party" more than make up for those cuts. Don't get me wrong, I would much rather hear new Boingo tracks. Seeing how the chances of that happening are next to nil, this was a fun alternative.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron J. Lewis on July 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is good for a tribute. The performers stuck to the styles of the songs they did, those that were not right on, were at least clever. I really like this cd, only thing I would say is that Reel Big Fish should have done a song that has horns in it, rather then the sappy version of We Close Our Eyes. I like that song, but they have a good horn section which would be better suited for other Boingo Songs. I especially think this cd was good, considering I only knew 2 of the bands.
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