February 28, 2010
Oingo Boingo: With nearly every band from our youth hitting the reunion circuit, we're oddly grateful that film work will keep Danny Elfman's former band a fond memory. A bonkers mix of rock, ska and surrealist theater, Boingo was L.A.'s Halloween house band for years, and though you can hear traces of the group's manic energy in acts such as Yeasayer and Foals, they're truly one of a kind. 'Ed Wood' (1994): Now that we're days away from Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," we thought we'd remember a time when the director didn't need digital effects or a candy-colored Johnny Depp to tell an engrossing and heartfelt story.
September 3, 2006 |
Hayne House Topanga, a sophisticated bohemian retreat, is on the market, but to Oingo Boingo fans, it will forever belong to Danny Elfman. Elfman, the composer of scores for TV shows ("The Simpsons," "Desperate Housewives") and movies ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Spider-Man"), was lead singer-guitarist-composer of the rock band for 11 of the 16 years he owned the home. He bought it in 1984 and, a year later, scored "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," his first commercially successful film.
May 8, 2004
Robert Hilburn must be kidding or careless to write that Radiohead is "one of the greatest bands ever in rock" ("A Joyous Desert Jam," May 3). They will never have the impact of (in no specific order) the Clash, Cure, Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo, Police, U2, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, Beatles, Beach Boys, Eagles, Nirvana, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, Chicago and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- just to name 20 off the top of my head.
April 27, 1996 |
OINGO BOINGO, "Farewell"; A&M (** 1/2) The shared loyalty between Oingo Boingo and its fans at the Universal Amphitheatre last Halloween--the band's last show after 17 years of cultdom--was channeled into such a spirited performance that even some nonbelievers might have been persuaded that there was something to this Los Angeles phenomenon (more than half of this live album's first-week sales of 5,000 were registered in Southern California). Unfortunately, you'll have to take our word for it.
November 4, 1995
In the Oct. 26 interview "On Halloween, Boingo Will Call It a Night--For Good," Leon Schneiderman of Oingo Boingo said that "it was a nice run as a band. No one died, no one's strung out on drugs." Fellow horn player Sam Phipps then joked, "Maybe that's why we didn't make it." Interesting. It does seem that some celebrities' careers have skyrocketed after their drug use and high living was publicized (Drew Barrymore and Courtney Love come to mind). These people are portrayed as "cool."