Skeletons in the Closet (Oingo Boingo album)

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The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet
Original album artwork by Mark Ryden
Greatest hits album by Oingo Boingo
Released January 10, 1989
Recorded 1981-83
Genre New wave, ska punk, synth pop
Length 47:41
Label A&M
Producer Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek
Oingo Boingo chronology
Boingo Alive
(1988)Boingo Alive1988
The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet
Dark at the End of the Tunnel
(1990)Dark at the End of the Tunnel1990

The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet is a compilation of songs by American new wave band Oingo Boingo. It features songs recorded during the band's A&M years, from 1981's Only a Lad to 1983's Good for Your Soul.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Danny Elfman.

No. Title Original release Length
1. "Little Girls" Only a Lad (1981) 3:45
2. "Private Life" (Edited Version) Nothing to Fear (1982) 3:19
3. "On the Outside" Only a Lad (1981) 3:53
4. "Nasty Habits" Only a Lad (1981) 4:08
5. "Grey Matter" Nothing to Fear (1982) 5:51
6. "Only a Lad" Only a Lad (1981) 4:00
7. "Wake Up! (It's 1984)" Good for Your Soul (1983) 4:44
8. "Insects" Nothing to Fear (1982) 3:04
9. "Whole Day Off" Nothing to Fear (1982) 3:58
10. "Nothing to Fear (But Fear Itself)" Nothing to Fear (1982) 3:55
11. "Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me" Good for Your Soul (1983) 3:45
12. "Who Do You Want to Be" Good for Your Soul (1983) 3:33
Total length: 47:41


  • The "edited version" of "Private Life" contained on this album is the same one that appears on all CD and cassette versions of Nothing to Fear, as well as re-issues of the LP. Only the original pressings of the Nothing to Fear LP contained an extended mix of the song.
  • The album cover, designed by Los Angeles artist Mark Ryden, is notable for the fact that it is the very first professional piece of art done by Ryden.


A music video compilation was also released by A&M Records alongside the album. It contained (in order) music videos for "Stay" and "Just Another Day" from Dead Man's Party, "Gratitude" from So-Lo, "Little Girls" from Only a Lad, "Nothing Bad Ever Happens" from Good for Your Soul, and "Private Life" from Nothing to Fear. The video is long out-of-print.