Weird Science (song)

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"Weird Science"
Single by Oingo Boingo
from the album Dead Man's Party
Released 1985
Recorded August 1985
Genre New wave
Length 3:45 (single)
6:10 (album)
Label MCA
Writer(s) Danny Elfman
Producer(s) Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek
For other uses, see Weird Science (disambiguation).

"Weird Science" is a song by Oingo Boingo. Written by frontman Danny Elfman, it is the theme song to the Weird Science film and television series. It was released on the film's soundtrack, as well as Oingo Boingo's 1985 album, Dead Man's Party in a different version.

The version on the soundtrack, the recording released as a single, runs 3:45 long. The version on Dead Man's Party is a much different arrangement, running 6:10. The song was also released in a dance mix on a 12-inch single.

Despite its moderate mainstream popularity, it is believed[who?] that the song is one of Oingo Boingo's least favorite tracks, with the band having felt that it was a rushed effort. It was rarely, if at all, performed live during the years following the song's release. According to various sources, the record company and movie producers were pushing for a final track of the song. The band had worked on various compilations of the song, but was not yet ready to submit the official recording yet. Nevertheless, one night after the band had worked on the song for some time, the record company executives found what they believed was the final or finished recording, which became the released recording of the song.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single[edit]

  1. "Weird Science" (3:45)
  2. "Weird Mama" (2:50) by Ira and the Geeks

12" Single[edit]

  1. "Weird Science [Extended Dance Version]" (6:38)
  2. "Weird Science" (3:45)

12" Promo Single[edit]

  1. "Weird Science [Weird Dub Bonus Beats]" (6:00)
  2. "Weird Science [Boingo Dance Version]" (5:38)
  3. "Weird Science [Extended Dance Version]" (6:38)

Legacy[edit]

The song was used in the episode "Koopenstein" on the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!.

The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after an '80s hit song, named an episode after this song.

The song was used in the American Dad! episode, Stan's Best Friend.

The song can be heard at the end of a 2010 Swiffer Sweeper commercial.

Covers[edit]

See also[edit]