Boingo (album)

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Boingo
Boingo Cover Art.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 17, 1994
RecordedFebruary 1993 – January 1994
Studio
GenreAlternative rock
Length76:45
LabelGiant
Producer
Oingo Boingo chronology
Best O' Boingo
(1991)
Boingo
(1994)
Farewell
(1996)
Singles from Boingo
  1. "Hey!"
    Released: April 1994
  2. "Insanity"
    Released: 1994

Boingo is the eighth and final studio album by American new wave band Oingo Boingo. It was the band's only album recorded for their new label, Giant Records, as well as the only album to be released by the band's 1994-95 line-up.

Music[edit]

After 1990's Dark at the End of the Tunnel, frontman Danny Elfman felt he was again "starting to get bored" with the band's musical direction and that a change was necessary to stay active.[1] In 1994, he decided to reshuffle the band's line-up without a horn section or keyboards and add second guitarist Warren Fitzgerald. Although Schneiderman, Phipps and Turner did not make any musical contribution, they were still credited in the album.

Former keyboardist Carl Graves appeared in the album not as a full-time member but as an extra. He provided backing vocals for "Lost Like This" while his children contributed vocals for "Insanity."

Boingo was a dramatic departure from all the band's previous album releases, featuring longer song structures with a mix of acoustic and electric guitars. Orchestral arrangements appear on several tracks, orchestrated and conducted by lead guitarist and arranger Steve Bartek.

Recording[edit]

Recording for Boingo commenced in February 1993 prior to the change of line-up, but was postponed when Danny Elfman was commissioned to score Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Elfman claimed that much of the earlier recordings were abandoned, although the since-departed members were credited on the final release.[2]

The album was the first time the band had improvised some material in the studio, mostly notably "Pedestrian Wolves" and the long instrumental passage to "Change".[3] The cover of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" was purportedly a jam recorded in one take, simply "to use up the rest of the [tape] reel", but was included on the album as an afterthought.[4]

A number of songs recorded between 1993 and 1994 went unreleased, including "Water" and "Vultures".[5][6] "Lost Like This" had originally been written and demo-recorded in 1983 for the album Good for Your Soul before resurfacing live in 1993 with a new arrangement.

Release[edit]

Upon its release, Elfman stated that Boingo was "the most challenging, fun, and difficult record we've ever done. It felt like a cold bucket of water splashed in our faces", and that he "expected" long-term fans might be put off by the new sound.[7]

Giant Records wanted to heavily promote the album as a relaunch of the band. The songs "Hey!" and "Insanity" were released as singles, with an accompanying sinister, stop-motion music video for the latter.[8] Giant also hoped to produce a music video for the single "Hey!", but it never came to fruition.[9] "Hey!" peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in July 1994.[10]

A limited edition package of the album, 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 Melodie McDaniel.[11] A special edition was also released in Europe, featuring an additional song, "Helpless", which had previously only appeared as the B-side to the "Insanity" CD single. The American and Indonesian cassette versions of the album also included "Helpless" as its final track. Boingo was the first Oingo Boingo album without a vinyl release.

After the album's release in 1994, the band made numerous television appearances sporting new "skater" looks, with long unkempt hair and loose T-shirts, in contrast to their previous eclectically-suited appearances throughout the 1980s.[12] Despite the recent reshuffle, Oingo Boingo announced their decision to disband in 1995, making Boingo the only studio album produced by this line-up.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Danny Elfman, except for "I Am the Walrus" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

No.TitleLength
1."Insanity"7:58
2."Hey!"7:43
3."Mary"6:28
4."Can't See (Useless)"4:35
5."Pedestrian Wolves"9:21
6."Lost Like This"4:54
7."Spider"5:27
8."War Again"5:53
9."I Am the Walrus"4:09
10."Tender Lumplings"0:37
11."Change"15:58
Total length:73:09
Bonus track
No.TitleLength
12."Helpless" (Exclusive to US/AUS cassette and EU/IDN CD releases)3:36
Total length:76:45

Personnel[edit]

Oingo Boingo

Additional personnel

  • Rich Sumner – additional percussion
  • Katurah Clarke – additional percussion
  • Carl Graves – backing vocals ("Lost Like This")
  • Cameron Graves – backing vocals ("Insanity")
  • Taylor Graves – backing vocals ("Insanity")
  • Maxine Waters – backing vocals ("Pedestrian Wolves")
  • Julia Waters – backing vocals ("Pedestrian Wolves")
  • Fred Seykora – solo cello

Technical

  • Danny Elfman – co-producer, orchestral arrangements
  • Steve Bartek – co-producer, orchestral conductor, orchestrator
  • John Avila – co-producer
  • Shawn Murphey – orchestral engineer
  • Bruce Dukov – orchestral concertmaster
  • Patti Zimitti – orchestral contractor
  • Bill Jackson – engineer
  • Mike Piersante – second engineer
  • Marty Horenburg – second engineer
  • Steve Thompson – co-mixer
  • Michael Barbiero – co-mixer, additional recording
  • Mike Baumgartner – second engineer (mixing)
  • Chad Munsey – second engineer (mixing)
  • Jimmy "King" Amson – studio tech
  • Tim Durfey – studio tech
  • Nick Jeen – studio tech
  • Bruce Jacoby – studio tech
  • Matt Luneau – studio tech (Drum Doctors)
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Deborah Norcross – art direction, design
  • Anthony Artiaga – photography
  • Melodie McDaniel – band photos
  • Mike Diehl – ideoque typeface design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Poggi, Alison (July 1994). "The Elfman Cometh". SLAMM, San Diego's Lifestyle and Music Magazine via Flickr. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  2. ^ Poggi, Alison (July 1994). "The Elfman Cometh". SLAMM, San Diego's Lifestyle and Music Magazine via Flickr. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  3. ^ "San Francisco Chronicle article". Archived from the original on 2016-04-03. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  4. ^ Poggi, Alison (July 1994). "The Elfman Cometh". SLAMM, San Diego's Lifestyle and Music Magazine via Flickr. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  5. ^ Poggi, Alison (July 1994). "The Elfman Cometh". SLAMM, San Diego's Lifestyle and Music Magazine via Flickr. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Billboard article". Archived from the original on 2016-04-02. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2016-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Billboard article". Archived from the original on 2016-04-02. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  10. ^ "Oingo Boingo". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Boingo Limited-Edition Special Compact Disk Package". AIGA Design Archives. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)