Weeklies

Artist: "Oingo Boingo"
Album: "Dead Man's Party"
Genre: Miscellaneous
Label: MCA Records

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 9/15/2009

Review: Oingo Boingo had a few albums before Dead Man’s Party, but this album has probably done more for getting the band’s name out than any before or since. Two tracks from the album in two different movies, with one leading to the band performing in the movie and the other being a film’s title song? That’s how you get real name recognition.

Obviously the album includes the track “Dead Man’s Party,” a harrowing story about a man who finds himself enjoying the company of some undead party animals. Also included is Weird Science, the one track that most people will at least admit to hearing about, or at least seeing the movie it was named after. Also included, however, is the less well-known song, No One Lives Forever. In spite of sharing a name with a game about a 60s era parody of James Bond, the song lends itself perfectly to the Halloween season, what with the narrator gleefully admits to dancing “while the Grim Reaper cuts, cuts, cuts.”

Halloween was always a big deal for Oingo Boingo, what with the annual Halloween performances and all. For Dead Man’s Party to be an ideal Halloween album, it would have to include “Dead or Alive”. Even so, it’s a great CD for getting people dancing, especially when you’ve grown sick of the Thriller dance.

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

Reader Comments

It's a jelly.
Sep 15th, 2009, 12:15 PM
Def. my favorite Oingo Boingo album, start to finish! Singable and danceable!
Unfunny Python Reference
Sep 15th, 2009, 12:56 PM
I completely agree with "No one Lives Forever." That song is the perfect conclusion to any Halloween playlist. It's also my favorite track off the album.
The #1 My Little Pony
Sep 16th, 2009, 11:41 AM
Awesome, awesome album. You really just can't go wrong with it.
pickled
Sep 18th, 2009, 06:29 PM
Danny Elfman claims he will never reunite Oingo Boingo because of the damage playing in the band would do to his hearing. Why doesn't he just wear earplugs when they perform then.
frappez le cochon rouge
Sep 20th, 2009, 07:53 AM
Well, it's already done some damage to his hearing, perhaps with earplugs he wouldn't be able to hear anything at all? Who knows. But I think that what's done is done and bringing back a band after a ton of time isn't always a good idea. Look at Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant just can't hit those notes anymore and it just sounds weird.
An Arizona Horror Company
Sep 21st, 2009, 09:18 PM
Great album & great review!