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October 31, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Waiting for an invitation to arrive Goin' to a party where no one's still alive It's a dead man's party . . . Leave your body at the door --from Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party" When Oingo Boingo lead singer Danny Elfman straggled up the stairs for an interview at his manager's second-floor office in Hollywood recently, his unshaven face, tousled red hair and the dark glasses shading his eyes made him look like he had just spent the night at a "Dead Man's Party."
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November 8, 2012
The composer Raymond Scott shaped a generation of young minds with his scores for popular cartoons of the era. But he was also an early electronic-music pioneer, and at this show members of Oingo Boingo re-create some of his best work and unravel the legacy of a musician whose vision helped define early pop. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $20. redcat.org.
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April 27, 1996 | STEVE HOCHMAN
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.
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July 24, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Last week previews began at the Kodak Theatre for "Iris," the latest big-top extravaganza by Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil. The show, which its producers hope will run at the Hollywood & Highland complex for the next decade, is a valentine to the art of cinema that combines circus acts, avant-garde theatrics and a touch of Hollywood razzle-dazzle. The two top-billed members of its creative team are director Philippe Decouflé, a Paris-based director-choreographer, and composer Danny Elfman, former frontman for the progressive rock band Oingo Boingo and author of dozens of feature film scores, including Tim Burton's "Batman" and "Alice in Wonderland.
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October 31, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM
When a rock band's live album sounds as rich and as precisely sung and played as Oingo Boingo's new one, "Boingo Alive," it's natural to wonder whether any studio trickery went into producing that supposedly pure aural treat. The fact that Oingo Boingo made the double-album in a rehearsal studio instead of under fire in concert also raises the question.
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October 31, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
When a rock band's live album sounds as rich and as precisely sung and played as Oingo Boingo's new one, "Boingo Alive," it's natural to wonder whether any studio trickery went into producing such a supposedly pure aural treat. The fact that Oingo Boingo made the album, a lavish career retrospective, under controlled conditions in a rehearsal studio instead of under fire in concert also raises the question.
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January 3, 1985 | CHRIS WILLMAN
With his wild eyes outlined in black and a diabolical grin plastered on his face, Danny Elfman rarely strikes anyone as remotely mellow. The adjective more often used to describe Oingo Boingo's wound-up, irreverent leader is possessed. However, winding down at the home he shares with his wife and children not far from Malibu, Elfman seemed overtaken by nothing more malevolent than the joy of having his first MCA solo album hit the racks.
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November 2, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
S hould old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind. . . . Oops, wrong holiday. But with the deep chill that descended Thursday night, it certainly felt as if the 15,000 souls at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre ought to have been gathered for some sort of mid-winter festivities. While the weather could almost have passed for New Year's Eve in Hoboken, the calendar said it was Halloween. And in Irvine, Halloween means Oingo Boingo.
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November 1, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
Was Danny Elfman returning the traditional Oingo Boingo Halloween celebration at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre to his fans, or taking it back for himself? In a generous, well-executed and imaginatively staged show ending a two-night stand at Irvine Meadows, Elfman and band managed to do both Saturday night.
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November 2, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
The (rain) gods must be crazy--or maybe just big Oingo Boingo fans. The showers that soaked the Southland most of Saturday halted just before the L.A. band's Halloween extravaganza at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. And Boingo had barely finished its encores when it began sprinkling again. It's not nice to fool Mother Nature, or the rain gods.
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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.
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September 3, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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April 27, 1996 | STEVE HOCHMAN
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.
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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."
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November 2, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What will Oingo Boingo fans do next Halloween? "I don't know," said one of them, a downcast Rochelle Reese, 24, midway through the Universal Amphitheatre concert on Tuesday that the band says will be its last ever. This was the ninth time Reese spent Allhallows Eve at a Boingo concert, a Southern California tradition since the early '80s. But after 17 years as the KROQ crowd's favorite native son, does Boingo leave a void besides plans for Halloweens to come?
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October 28, 1995 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lovers of tear-jerking Irish balladry might expect otherwise from a parting presided over by a Danny Boy, but followers of the diminutive Danny who leads Oingo Boingo had no reason to be surprised by the lack of sentiment in the disbanding Boingo's three-hour marathon adieu to Orange County on Thursday night at Irvine Meadows.
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