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 Alternative rock, new wave, ska
Length 47:41
Label A&M
Producer Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek
Oingo Boingo chronology
Boingo Alive
The Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet
Dark at the End of the Tunnel

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

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Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Danny Elfman.

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


  • Tracks 1, 3, 4, and 6 are taken from Only a Lad.
  • Tracks 2, 5 and 8-10 are taken from Nothing to Fear.
  • Tracks 7, 11 and 12 are taken from Good for Your Soul.
  • Although the version of "Private Life" contained on this album is labeled as being edited, it is actually the very same version that is contained on all CD and cassette versions of Nothing to Fear, as well as re-issues of the LP. Only the original pressings of the LP contained an extended cut of the song.
  • The album cover done 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.