List of Oingo Boingo members

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Oingo Boingo
Also known as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo
Boingo
Genres New wave
Years active 1972–95
Website www.oingoboingo.com
Past members Leon Schneiderman
Dale Turner
Sam "Sluggo" Phipps
Danny Elfman
Steve Bartek
John "Vatos" Hernandez
Kerry Hatch
Richard Gibbs
John Avila
Michael Bacich
Carl Graves
Warren Fitzgerald
Doug Lacy
Marc Mann
George Swahili

The following is a complete chronology of various line-ups of Oingo Boingo, from the group's inception in 1972 until 1995.

Former members[edit]

Leon Schneiderman
Active: 1972–95
Instrument(s): baritone and alto saxophones, percussion, backing vocals
Release contributions: all Oingo Boingo releases
Dale Turner
Active: 1972–95
Instrument(s): trumpet, trombone, percussion, guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: all Oingo Boingo releases
Sam "Sluggo" Phipps
Active: 1973–95
Instrument(s): tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, percussion, backing vocals, flute
Release contributions: all Oingo Boingo releases
Danny Elfman
Active: 1974–95
Instrument(s): lead vocals, guitar, percussion, sitar, programming, trombone, violin
Release contributions: all Oingo Boingo releases
Steve Bartek
Active: 1976–95
Instrument(s): guitar, Backing vocals, percussion, accordion
Release contributions: all Oingo Boingo releases
John "Vatos" Hernandez
Active: 1978–95
Instrument(s): drums, percussion
Release contributions: all Oingo Boingo releases
Kerry Hatch
Active: 1979–84
Instrument(s): bass, bass synthesizer, percussion, backing vocals
Release contributions: Oingo Boingo (1980), Only a Lad (1981), Nothing to Fear (1982), Good for Your Soul (1983), So-Lo (1984), Skeletons in the Closet (1989), Stay (1990), Best O' Boingo (1991), Anthology (1999), 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (2002)
Richard Gibbs
Active: 1980–83
Instrument(s): keyboards, synthesizer, trombone, percussion, backing vocals
Release contributions: Oingo Boingo (1980), Only a Lad (1981), Nothing to Fear (1982), Good for Your Soul (1983), So-Lo (1984), Skeletons in the Closet (1989), Stay (1990), Best O' Boingo (1991), Anthology (1999), 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (2002)
John Avila
Active: 1984–95
Instrument(s): bass, bass synthesizer, percussion, accordion, backing vocals
Release contributions: Dead Man's Party (1985), Boi-ngo (1987), Boingo Alive (1988), Dark at the End of the Tunnel (1990), Stay (1990), Best O' Boingo (1991), Boingo (1994), Farewell (1996), Anthology (1999), 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (2002)
Michael Bacich
Active: 1984–87
Instrument(s): keyboards, backing vocals
Release contributions: Dead Man's Party (1985), Boi-ngo (1987), Stay (1990), Best O' Boingo (1991), Anthology (1999), 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (2002)
Carl Graves
Active: 1988–91
Instrument(s): keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals, electronic percussion pad
Release contributions: Boingo Alive (1988), Dark at the End of the Tunnel (1990), Stay (1990), Best O' Boingo (1991), Boingo (1994) (one track: "Lost Like This"), Anthology (1999), 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (2002)
Warren Fitzgerald
Active: 1994–95
Instrument(s): guitar
Release contributions: Boingo (1994), Farewell (1996), Anthology (1999)
Doug Lacy
Active: 1994–95
Instrument(s): percussion, trombone, accordion
Release contributions: Boingo (1994), Farewell (1996), Anthology (1999)
Marc Mann
Active: 1994–95
Instrument(s): keyboards, samples
Release contributions: Boingo (1994), Farewell (1996), Anthology (1999)

Additional Musicians[edit]

Katurah Clarke
Active: 1994–95
Instrument(s): percussion
Release contributions: Boingo (1994), Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre Halloween 1995 (1996)
David Eagle
Active: 1980–81
Instrument(s): drums
Bruce Fowler
Active: 1983–95
Instrument(s): trombone
Release contributions: Boingo Alive (1988), Dark at the End of the Tunnel (1990), Stay (1990), Best O' Boingo (1991), Anthology (1999), 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (2002)
Paul Fox
Active: 1984
Instrument(s): synthesizers
Release contributions: So-Lo, Best O' Boingo, Anthology
William Winant
Active: 1991–92
Instrument(s): percussion

Members of The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo[edit]

This is a list of members that were only in The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.

Name Years Credits Additional Info
Richard Elfman 1972–76 Founder, director, percussion Note that pretty much everyone played percussion
Billy Superball 1972–75, 1976–78 Trumpet, Upright & Fender Bass Aka William Folwell. Appears in the Bill Murray movie Loose Shoes
William Winant 1972–75 Percussion Toured with Oingo Boingo; has performed and recorded with Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Secret Chiefs 3, and Sonic Youth
Stan Ayeroff 1972–75 Jazz guitar  
Marie-Pascale Elfman 1972–? Vocals Richard Elfman's wife. She appeared with the band less and less after her husband left
Gene Cunningham 1972–?  ? Aka Ugh-Fudge Bwana or Ugh Fudge Bwana [1]
Jon Gold 1973–76 Guitar, multi-instrumentalist  
Josh Gordon 1973–75 Trumpet, sousaphone, banjar, guitar  
Brad Kay 1974–77 Keyboards  
Miriam Cutler 1976–79 Clarinet, vocals Her website[2]
Timm Boatman 1976–78 Drums, percussion LA Opera orchestra percussionist
Matthew Bright  ?–? Bass Aka Toshiro Boloney
Jan Munroe  ?–? Sword swallower, slack-rope walker, fire breather  
Ernie Fosselius  ?–? Wind Instruments Wrote "Hipsters On Parade"
Todd Manley  ?–? Percussion  
Lori Mann  ?–? Accordion  
Musti Faun  ?–?  ?  
Gisele Lindley  ?–?  ? Played "Princess" in "Forbidden Zone"
Joe Berland  ?–? Keyboardist Math teacher at Newbridge in Los Angeles

Timeline[edit]

While most members played a variety of instruments and vocals, this timeline represents a member's service listed under his or her main instrument.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Gene Cunningham's website
  2. ^ Cutler's website