Dark at the End of the Tunnel

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Dark at the End of the Tunnel
Studio album by Oingo Boingo
Released February 20, 1990
Recorded May 1989
Genre Alternative rock, new wave
Length 47:46
Label MCA Records
Producer Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek, John Avila
Oingo Boingo chronology
The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet
Dark at the End of the Tunnel
Singles from Dark at the End of the Tunnel
  1. "Flesh and Blood"
    Released: 1989 (promo)
  2. "Out of Control"
    Released: 1990
  3. "When the Lights Go Out"
    Released: 1990 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Dark at the End of the Tunnel is the seventh studio album by Oingo Boingo, released in 1990. The cover art of the album is from a painting titled "Volcano", by artist Peter Zokosky.[2]


It is the first collection of all new material released by the band since their 1987 album Boi-ngo. Although the band's ska and new wave elements remain in songs such as "Run Away" and "Flesh 'N Blood", the album marks Oingo Boingo's move towards alternative rock.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Danny Elfman. 

No. Title Length
1. "When the Lights Go Out"   4:11
2. "Skin"   4:43
3. "Out of Control"   4:12
4. "Glory Be"   5:03
5. "Long Breakdown"   4:39
6. "Flesh 'N Blood"   4:19
7. "Run Away (The Escape Song)"   4:20
8. "Dream Somehow"   4:39
9. "Is This"   3:27
10. "Right to Know" (Bonus track available on CD and Cassette only) 3:58
11. "Try to Believe" (Newly-recorded version; original version appeared on the Midnight Run: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album) 4:33
Total length:


Oingo Boingo
Additional Musicians
  • Bruce Fowler - trombone
  • Ralph Grierson - piano
  • Kenny Kotwitz - accordion
  • Brian Man - accordion
  • Yvonne S. Moriarity - horn
  • Maxine Waters and Julia Waters - additional vocals on "Try to Believe"