Dead Man's Party (song)

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"Dead Man's Party"
Single by Oingo Boingo
from the album Dead Man's Party
ReleasedApril 29, 1986
RecordedAugust 1985
Length6:23 (album version)

4:14 (b-side edit)
3:52 (video edit)

8:37 (Party 'Til You're Dead Mix)
Songwriter(s)Danny Elfman
Producer(s)Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek
Oingo Boingo singles chronology
"Just Another Day"
"Dead Man's Party"

"Dead Man's Party" is a song by American band Oingo Boingo, released as the third single from their album of the same name.

The song was released on a 12" single in conjunction with another song from the album, "Stay," with the cover art touting it as the single's a-side, while the catalog number and some discographies consider it the single's b-side.[2] An edited version of "Dead Man's Party" was featured in a promotional music video and was issued in 1986 as the b-side of the 7" single "Just Another Day," also culled from the Dead Man's Party album.[3]

The lyric, "I hear the chauffeur coming to my door/Says there's room for maybe just one more," is a reference to "The Bus-Conductor," a short story by E. F. Benson about a hearse driver, first published in The Pall Mall Magazine in 1906. The story has been adapted several times and spawned an urban legend, with each version using the catchphrase, "Room for one more."

It is perhaps best known for its appearance in the 1986 film Back to School, where the band performed it at a party.

Danny Elfman performed the song as the final encore of his Nightmare Before Christmas concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in 2015, 2016, and 2018, and at Banc of California Stadium in 2021, alongside his former Oingo Boingo guitarist and arranger Steve Bartek.[4]

Track listing[edit]

12" single
  1. Dead Man's Party (Party 'Til You're Dead Mix) - 8:37
  2. Stay (Stay Late Mix) - 5:59



  1. ^ Snyder, Michael (September 30, 2019). "Spooky, scary, and silly tunes". Marina Times. Retrieved May 28, 2023. And let's not forget the venerable rock [cut]..."Dead Man's Party" by new-wavers Oingo Boingo...
  2. ^ "Oingo Boingo - Stay / Dead Man's Party". Discogs. 1986.
  3. ^ "Oingo Boingo - Just Another Day". Discogs. 1985.
  4. ^ "Danny Elfman, Billie Eilish provide new Halloween treats at sold-out ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ concert – Daily News"