"Oingo Boingo" was a critically acclaimed American New Wave rock band known better for their influence, soundtrack contributions, and high energy Halloween concerts than for their chart successes. The band was led by songwriter/vocalist Danny Elfman, who later achieved substantial renown as a composer for film and television. The group's format was changed twice, once in 1980, and again in 1994; the band retired in 1995.
"The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo", formed in late 1972 by Richard Elfman, was a musical theatre troupe in the tradition of Spike Jones and Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, performing an eclectic repertoire ranging from Cab Calloway covers to instrumentals in the style of Balinese Gamelan and Russian ballet music. The name was inspired by a fictional secret society on the Amos 'n' Andy TV series called "The Mystic Knights of the Sea". Most of the members performed in whiteface and clown makeup; a typical show would contain music ranging from the 1890s to the 1950s, in addition to original material. This version of the band employed as many as fifteen musicians at any given time, playing over thirty instruments, including some instruments made...
|origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|years active|| 1972–1978 as Mystic Knights|
|music genre||Rock music|