Fronted by prolific composer Danny Elfman (The Simpsons, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Dick Tracy, Edward Scissorhands), Oingo Boingo marry seriously clever songwriting and outright silliness. All the band's best songs ... more »are accounted for in Best Of, including "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science." The music is propelled by brassy hooks and ska-driven tempos. Elfman's vocals--sometimes a maxed-out, pleading whine, other times a ghoulish undercurrent of a whisper--are a pleasing mismatch for the random lyrical subject matter. --Beth Bessmer« less
Fronted by prolific composer Danny Elfman (The Simpsons, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Dick Tracy, Edward Scissorhands), Oingo Boingo marry seriously clever songwriting and outright silliness. All the band's best songs are accounted for in Best Of, including "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science." The music is propelled by brassy hooks and ska-driven tempos. Elfman's vocals--sometimes a maxed-out, pleading whine, other times a ghoulish undercurrent of a whisper--are a pleasing mismatch for the random lyrical subject matter. --Beth Bessmer
TheTerrorBeyond | McKinney, Texas USA | 10/17/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The re-recorded tracks that people have mentioned are from the 2-cd set "Boingo Alive" that was released in 1988. I am not particularly fond of "Boingo Alive" and I think that they should have stuck with the original versions for the "Best O' Boingo" set. Do not buy this disc... instead, buy "Anthology" where you can find the proper versions of the songs.This includes "We Close Our Eyes" for those of you who are looking for it."
Not as Good as I'd Hoped
L. E. Eastman | USA | 02/17/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Having been a major Boingo fan for years, I found the "Best o'Boingo" to be a bit of a disappointment. They kept many of their better songs intact for this collection - "Stay", "Not My Slave", and "Just Another Day" are three of my faves. However, eight of the seventeen tracks are not the original Boingo classics, but re-recordings; and nowhere near as good as the original releases. (The re-recordings of "Dead Man's Party" and "No One Lives Forever", well, stink.) If you are a serious collector of Oingo Boingo music, this might be a good choice to round out your collection; but if you're buying your first Boingo CD, I'd suggest going with one of their older albums, such as "Dead Man's Party"."
Standard for any collection...
bluebeddy | Scottsdale, AZ USA | 10/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Best O' Boingo" is a basic necessity for any good collection. Songs such as "Not My Slave" and "Wild Sex in the Working Class" showcase Danny Elfman's songwriting talent, and get you moving. No Halloween Party is complete without Boingo on the stereo."
Memento mori, polished and spinning!
Bat-Radish | 11/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are re-recordings of some of the more popular songs on this album, most notably the one that starts the whole thing off: "Dead Man's Party".This isn't a bad thing. In the case of "Dead Man's Party", the oddly sluggish feel of the original is gone entirely. Most of the songs, in fact, sound tighter, brighter, and the whole thing just *bounces* along with the cheerily macabre sensibility that an Oingo fan dotes on. I listen to it and find I get the keenest enjoyment from it in the car, despite my rotten speakers. There you are, zooming through space in your little tin-can with internal combustion. Death is not far from your mind, more often than not, and it's invigorating to hear it discussed with such happy relish.The mood of this compilation is perhaps a bit lopsided: the friskier pieces such as DMP and "Not My Slave" tend to be near the beginning, while the album slides toward wistful sentiment and pretty minor-key warbling toward the end. In the car, the opening trumpets of DMP are a clarion call back to the lighter side of things. Without the "Repeat All" function, it kinda wiggles to a halt. Not bad at-awl."
This "Best Of" is incomplete
Bat-Radish | 07/13/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great CD. It's very fun and danceable with a dark sense of humor running throughout. It is, however, incomplete for anyone wanting an overall look at Oingo Boingo. The band was together for seventeen years and collects only about five years worth of their hits on MCA Records. There is another collection called "Skeletons in the Closet" that covers the earlier part of their career. But if you want a collection Oingo Boingo at its best doing their greatest songs, spring for the 2 disc "Farewell." It's an album recorded from their final concert."