|Studio album by Oingo Boingo|
|Released||May 17, 1994|
|Genre||Alternative rock, progressive pop|
|Producer||Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek, John Avila|
|Oingo Boingo chronology|
|Singles from Boingo|
Boingo is the eighth and final studio album by Oingo Boingo, and the only to be released under their new identity Boingo.
Frontman Danny Elfman, whose career as a film score composer was by that time fully formed, decided to completely overhaul Oingo Boingo with a new alternative rock style and line-up. By 1990's Dark at the End of the Tunnel, Elfman felt he was "starting to get bored" with the band's musical direction and that a change was necessary to stay active. The instrumentation on Boingo is a dramatic departure from all previous work by the band, making use of both acoustic and electric guitars and dispensing with the familiar synthesisers and horns. Brooding orchestral arrangements make appearances on several tracks, orchestrated and conducted by lead guitarist Steve Bartek. Despite the sinister overtones, the album also features softer themes of love and remorse, evident in ballads such as "Can't See (Useless)". Danny Elfman cited The Beatles as a key influence on his songwriting at the time, even paying homage with a cover of "I Am the Walrus". Notably, the song "Lost Like This" was originally recorded in 1983 for the album Good for Your Soul, but never used; it resurfaced during the early Boingo sessions with numerous revisions.
Recording for Boingo started in February 1993, but was postponed when Elfman was commissioned to score The Nightmare Before Christmas with his long-time colleague Tim Burton. Upon returning to the project, the band decided most of the work they had recorded was unsatisfactory and began to collectively improvise in the studio; a technique they had never before used. This spontaneity yielded much longer songs than usual for the band, with the majority of the eleven tracks at over five minutes in length. Ultimately, so much material was recorded that several pieces, including "Water" and "Vultures," were left officially unreleased.
|4.||"Can't See (Useless)"||4:35|
|6.||"Lost Like This"||4:54|
|9.||"I Am the Walrus" (The Beatles cover)||4:09|
|Cassette edition bonus track|
The songs "Hey!" and "Insanity" were also released as singles, with an accompanying music video for the latter.
A limited edition package designed by Deborah Norcross was issued in a foldout digipak, packaged with an embossed hardcover booklet containing lyrics and additional photography by Anthony Artiaga and Melodic McDaniels. A special edition was also released in Europe featuring an additional song, "Helpless," previously only appearing as the B-side to the "Insanity" CD single. The cassette version of the album also included "Helpless" as its final track. It was the first Oingo Boingo album without a vinyl release.
Released in 1994, the album was promoted with several televisual appearances. Despite all efforts to re-establish their image, Oingo Boingo announced their decision to split in 1995; thus making Boingo the only studio album produced by this incarnation of the band.
- Danny Elfman: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
- Warren Fitzgerald: Rhythm Guitar
- Steve Bartek: Lead Guitar
- Marc Mann: Keyboards, Samples
- John Avila: Bass
- Sam Phipps: Tenor and Soprano Sax
- Leon Schneiderman: Baritone Sax
- Dale Turner: Trumpet, Trombone
- Doug Lacy: Accordion
- Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez: Drums, Percussion
- Carl, Cameron and Taylor Graves, Maxine and Julia Waters: Vocal Backing
- Orchestra Concertmaster: Bruce Dukov (arranged by Danny Elfman; conducted by Steve Bartek; contracted by Patti Zimitti)
- Solo Cello: Fred Seykora
- Produced by Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek and John Avila
- Recorded by Bill Jackson; Second Engineers: Mike Piersante and Marty Horenburg; additional recording by Michael Barbiero
- Orchestra recorded by Shawn Murphy
- Mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero; assisted by Mike Baumgartner and Chad Munsey
- Mastered by George Marino
- All songs published by Little Maestro Music, except track 9 (published by Northern Music/ATV Music/April Music.
- Allmusic review
- "Boingo Limited-Edition Special Compact Disk Package". AIGA Design Archives. Retrieved 2008-12-15.[dead link]
- Fawthrop, Peter. "Review of Boingo". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-25.