Artist: "Oingo Boingo"
Album: "The Best of Oingo Boingo"
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: MCA

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie (Forum Profile)
Posted: 12/28/2007

Review: My brother got me into this band after I heard a couple of their songs on the radio a couple months back. I never got around to buying one of their CDs, but he was kind enough to get me this one for Christmas. If you've never heard any other Boingo hits apart from Weird Science, this is a good place to start. Oddly enough, though, this “Greatest Hits” album doesn't contain “Little Girls”. What does the publisher have against upbeat songs about pederasts? Oh, the discrimination.

Anyway, it seems like false advertising to call an album "greatest hits" when not all the greatest hits are included. Then again, I suppose it never said "ALL the greatest hits". Plus, the CD itself doesn't come with much else, besides the cover itself. If you're really interested in the band, I'd suggest spending a little extra money and buying one of the more expansive collection CDs out there.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Dec 31st, 2007, 12:14 PM
Yes Oingo boingo was one of the most under rated bands of the 80's. I remember growing up listening to there pop rock sounds mixed with a touch of punk. Private life will always be one of my favorite songs.
frappez le cochon rouge
Dec 31st, 2007, 02:03 PM
Oingo Boingo will always be one of my favorite bands. My mom bought me their Skeletons in the Closet Best-of and I cherish it. I like Stay and Insanity a lot.
Pickled Patriarch
Dec 31st, 2007, 02:12 PM
Any band fronted by the guy who brought us the soundtrack to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Danny Elfman) is AOK in my book. Weird Science!
Forum Virgin
Jan 1st, 2008, 04:25 PM
For those new to Oingo Boingo, I more strongly suggest the album "Best O' Boingo". I feel it's more representative of the full range of work. Also, new commers should avoid "Boingo" as it's something of a departure from the band's usual material. That said, fans of Elfman's orchestral work will likely enjoy it alot. And lastly, all Oingo Boingo fans would do well to pick up Danny Elfman's "So-Lo". Despite the name, it's the full OB lineup. This album simply features songs OB had been performing for years that never seemed to fit on their regular releases.
frappez le cochon rouge
Jan 1st, 2008, 04:27 PM
Get Dead Man's Party today!
Jan 1st, 2008, 08:03 PM
Originally Posted by Fathom Zero View Post
Get Dead Man's Party today!
i love that dead mans party song
Forum Virgin
Jan 1st, 2008, 08:59 PM
You and everyone else should get their farewell live cd. I love those live versions of the songs because they are arranged a bit different and sound better.
From the Home of MST3K
Jan 2nd, 2008, 09:07 AM
The band - Great.

This release - Not so good.

Personally I never bother with "best of" albums. If I want to get into a new band, I talk to friends and surf the web until I find out what their generally accepted to be best songs are, then get my hands on them. If those are good, I acquire the albums containing those songs, and see how good it is.

Make your own "Best Of." That's what iTunes singles are for, after all!
Jan 2nd, 2008, 10:03 AM
Oingo Boingo is awesome, Danny Elfman led a great band. It so unfortunately that he will never put the band back together because of his ear condition. Oh well, I guess my Oingo Boingo ring tone will have to do.
Jan 3rd, 2008, 12:52 AM
I think I'm confusing Oingo Boingo and Scissor Sisters.
Jan 3rd, 2008, 04:00 AM
I fell for Oingo Boingo when I first saw the video "I love little girls"
Jan 14th, 2008, 11:18 AM
My friend andy has this cd. it doesnt even have flesh'n'blood and only a lad is a live version. boooo
Forum Virgin
Jan 22nd, 2008, 03:37 PM
If you truly want the best of, purchase every album you can. It's too hard to make a single disc or even a two disc set of all of there greatest hits. Granted that they didn't get much airplay other than Weird Science and Dead Man's party, but what about the underrated gems like No One Lives For ever or Goodbye Goodbye at the end of Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Every song they have done is great. Here is an awesome Budwiser commercial they were in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDll74IfjbE

EDIT: I just realized I still need to buy all the albums I have tempoary MP3 files untill I actually buy them all. I Own the 1st EP, Dead Man's Part, Skeletons in the Closet, and a ton of demos and outtakes.

P.S. Good luck finding 'Good For Your Soul' for a good price. I saw it on amazon for 50 something dollers on amazon used
Sep 22nd, 2008, 09:51 PM
I found a website with a butt-load of rarities http://michaeldowney.co.uk/oingo.htm
Nov 13th, 2008, 11:41 AM
i just bought "Dead Man's Party," and i rank it right up there with the Talking Heads' "Speaking in Tongues" for ultimate greatness! viva la nu wave, la post-nu-wave, and any of the other tacky, exhuberant, magical, addictive music from the best decade ever!!!