Good for Your Soul (1983)
Oingo Boingo was an American new wave band, formed by songwriter Danny Elfman in 1979. Oingo Boingo emerged from a surrealist performance art theatrical troupe, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, founded in 1972 and led by Danny Elfman’s brother Richard Elfman.
Oingo Boingo were known for their high energy live concerts and experimental musical influences, which can be described as mixing rock, ska, pop and world music. This eclectic mix of styles would eventually influence bands as varied as Fishbone, Nirvana and Mr. Bungle. The band’s body of work spanned 17 years, with various genre and line-up changes, though their best-known hits include "Dead Man’s Party" and "Weird Science". Elfman later achieved international recognition as a composer for film and television, with the band’s former lead guitarist orchestrating.
As a rock band, Oingo Boingo started as a ska and punk-influenced new wave octet, achieving significant popularity in Southern California.
During the mid-1980s, the band changed line-up and adopted more of a pop style, until a significant genre change to alternative rock in 1994, at which point the name was shortened to simply Boingo and their keyboardist and horn section were dropped. The band retired after a farewell concert on Halloween 1995, for which they reverted to the name Oingo Boingo and readopted their horn section.