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Oingo Boingo was an American New Wave band. They are better known for their influence, soundtrack contributions and high energy Halloween concerts than their chart successes. The band was founded in 1972 as a performance art group called The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo; from 1976 it 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. In 1980, it changed from a semi-theatrical music and comedy troupe into a New Wave/ska octet, [3] and shortened their name to "Oingo Boingo". In 1994, the band reshuffled its lineup, adopted an alternative rock sound and rechristened themselves Boingo. The band retired in 1995, having reverted to the name Oingo Boingo.

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I think they broke out by scoring Marty Brest's AFI thesis. I also hear that Danny Elfman is a wild and crazy guy ...

Via DeadMan'sParty:

Oingo Boingo had a rather unorthodox size for a rock group, numbering eight members including Danny Elfman on lead vocals. One reason for the large group was the group's emphasis on horn-driven arrangements.

Oingo Boingo consisted of:

Danny Elfman (leader, songwriter, lead singer, rhythm guitar, co-arranger)

Steve Bartek (lead guitar, co-arranger)

Kerry Hatch (bass, vocals; '79 - '84)

John Avila (bass, vocals; '85 - '95)

Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez (drums)

Sam "Sluggo" Phipps (horns)

Leon Schneiderman (horns)

Dale Turner (horns)

Richard Gibbs (keyboards; '79 - '83)

Though Oingo Boingo started out as an 8-piece group, they performed with as few as 5 members and as many as 20, playing a variety of traditional and not-so-traditional instruments from all over the world.

Other live (or session) Oingo Boingo members included: George McMullen (horns), Warren Fitzgerald (guitar), Marc Mann (keyboards), Doug Lacy (accordion, percussion), Katurah Clarke (percussion), Carl Graves, Kerry Hatch, Mike Bacich, Bruce Fowler, Rich Sumner, Willy Winant…

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One of my all time favorite bands. I just watched Forbidden Zone again last week. Classic. Another great post.

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