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Oingo Boingo — Dead Man's Party
Album: Dead Man's Party
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Released: 1985
Length: 6:16
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm all dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin' with a dead man over my shoulder

Waiting for an invitation to arrive
Goin' to a party where no one's still alive

I was struck by lightning
Walkin' down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep

It's a dead man's party
Who could ask for more?
Everybody's comin'; leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door...

(Don't run away; it's only me)

All dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin' with a dead man
Waitin' for an invitation to arrive
Walkin' with a dead man...Dead man...

Got my best suit and my tie
Shiny silver dollar on either eye
I hear the chauffer comin' to the door
Says there's room for maybe just one more...

I was struck by lightning
Walkin' down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep

It's a dead man's party
Who could ask for more?
Everybody's comin'; leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door...

Don't run away; it's only me
Don't be afraid of what you can't see
Don't run away; it's only me....
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This reeks of awful 80s music. 
More Oingo Boingo, please!
 mrtuba9 wrote:
As a tuba player, it's the rhythm in songs like this that remind me that I was trained to play tuba; I have very little talent let alone enough rhythm to dance!!!
 

love to hear a tuba play that bass rift;  that would be awsome, it would have been fun on the bass clarinet!
 TLynneHenry wrote:

WLIR on Long Island played allll of this and more. (note: today this song was preceded by Smithereens' Blood & Roses, which was also in heavy rotation in those days).
 
I remember hearing the Smithereens on WDHA out of NJ. DHA played a lot of progressive stuff. And when I moved to RI, it was WBRU all day, all the time. 
 SmackDaddy wrote:


You just didn't have a good radio station which were very rare and college radio was where it was at. There were TONS of great music in the 80s, just not on most radio stations.
 
WLIR on Long Island played allll of this and more. (note: today this song was preceded by Smithereens' Blood & Roses, which was also in heavy rotation in those days).
 bc wrote:

Perhaps.  But this was one of the bright spots.
 

You just didn't have a good radio station which were very rare and college radio was where it was at. There were TONS of great music in the 80s, just not on most radio stations.
Reminds me of those fun, early years of MTV. I'm sure they had an early video.
This was the ex-husband's fave back in the day. I like it SO MUCH better today 
Saw 'em at Club Doobie in Lansing, MI in the early 80's well before this song came out. Lots of fun, lots of energy. They weren't the Sex Pistols or the Clash. But they caught the wave. I don't have any of their albums but I had a damn good time that night with my music loving punk friends.
They were a great band. Elfman is an inspiration.
 nicknt wrote:
Truly mediocre band.
 
Couldn't agree more!! Can't, for the life of me, hear what all the hullabaloo is all about!! Wierd science, funny flick....tunes, not so much. As you so aptly stated....mediocre....at best.
 bc wrote:

Perhaps.  But this was one of the bright spots.
 
Says you.
Truly mediocre band.
 ice-9 wrote: 
       wolverine wrote:
                  
Gotta love the 80's.

...and yet, you really don't.  Easily the worst decade of my life for music.  ...  It was an all time creative low for pop.
 
Perhaps.  But this was one of the bright spots.
Danny Elfman's kinship to Tim Burton can be clearly seen in the album cover here!
Lots of energy, and a great song for the era of it's release. These days - to this older bloke's ears - it's just a bunch of noise featuring the dreaded fairlight brass instruments.
Thornton Melon:
Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes.

Thornton Melon:
Girls, this is Lou. Lou, these are girls.
 TRC wrote:

RPO The book is great the movie is midiling.

And I would be a happy man if I NEVER heard Dead Man's Party again. 
/agree Great book. /disagree, frikkin'terrible movie.
 diannemck56 wrote:
 
 
RPO The book is great the movie is midiling.

And I would be a happy man if I NEVER heard Dead Man's Party again. 
 nathanieldavis89 wrote:
This song is way better than it has any business being. 

 
Many thanks to the largely unsung efforts on Mr. Bartek!
Never get tired of this song. Memories of many drunken nights in Olongopo (Subic Bay, Philippines). Eat dinner, pound beers during happy hour, then kamikazes chased with strawberry margarita. Ahhh, to be Young and Immortal again.
First song in Ready Player One (the book) 
 t0m5k1 wrote:
Plays (last 30 days): 0

Sorry Bill, I've heard this 4 times this week!
 

Maybe on one of our alternate mixes. The 'plays' number refers to the main mix only.
This song is way better than it has any business being. 

As a tuba player, it's the rhythm in songs like this that remind me that I was trained to play tuba; I have very little talent let alone enough rhythm to dance!!!
Plays (last 30 days): 0

Sorry Bill, I've heard this 4 times this week!
Excellent horn arrangements on this one.
 wolverine wrote:
Gotta love the 80's.

 
...and yet, you really don't.  Easily the worst decade of my life for music.  I mean, look up the lyrics to this track:  It's just plain stupid.  I'll always appreciate this station BECAUSE I don't love everything on it, but I'm not sure why so much 80's lately.  It was an all time creative low for pop.
 wyrd wrote:
I just found out that Danny Elfman has been the vocalist of Oingo Bong for twenty years! I only knew him for his soundtracks... interesting!

 
Yeah, it's almost weird that this is the same guy behind all those famous film and TV themes.  This track seems especially far from The Simpsons!
Classic Halloween fare. For everyday.
A solid 8.  Bumped to a 9.  Too good.
Classic Halloween fare. For everyday.
A solid 8.
Gotta love the 80's.
Weekend with Bernie?
I just found out that Danny Elfman has been the vocalist of Oingo Bong for twenty years! I only knew him for his soundtracks... interesting!
Ahh, memories. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
 smackiepipe wrote:

Excellent Idea. I'm borrowing that, if you please.

 
Me too!  First will be Elton John's Funeral for a Friend, then when the wake gets rolling Dead Man's Party!
 xnavy wrote:
{#Bananajam}I told my wife I wanted this song played at my funeral

 
Excellent Idea. I'm borrowing that, if you please.
Always love the rhythm section of this song.  My favorite part is the instrumental section where its unstoppable quality comes to the forefront
 robertomiller wrote:
Bill, you certainly know how to throw a dead man's party!!!

Bowie, Frey, Canter, Prince, et al… The wake is on…  

 
+4
 robertomiller wrote:
Bill, you certainly know how to throw a dead man's party!!!

Bowie, Frey, Canter, Prince, et al… The wake is on…  

 
+3
Now that is a segue. "Prince is dead", then this song.
 robertomiller wrote:
Bill, you certainly know how to throw a dead man's party!!!

Bowie, Frey, Canter, Prince, et al… The wake is on…  
 
+2
Bill, you certainly know how to throw a dead man's party!!!

Bowie, Frey, Canter, Prince, et al… The wake is on…  
{#Bananajam}I told my wife I wanted this song played at my funeral
{#Dancingbanana_2}
 Ishwara wrote:
Awful

 
 cayenne wrote:

Falafel

 

Adolf?
Love this!! Takes me back to college campus days.  Danny Elfman - genius
 Ishwara wrote:
Awful

 
Falafel
Awful
{#Bananajam}
To B.B.! May he enjoy his rest.

Interesting tribute, Bill. {#Cheers} 
Slightly less annoying than I remember 

Upgrading 1 -> 3
pas entendu ce groupe depuis 20 ans ! que du bonheur, merci RP !!!!
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Talking Heads effect to me : PSD!

 

Well good thing this isn't the Heads, isn't it? : )

Nice work, Bill. Seasonal favorite of mine...  
Talking Heads effect to me : PSD!
Bill, you are KILLING the Halloween theme on this one! Thank you!!

Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
The Hooters - All You Zombies
Sufjan Stevens- - They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
The Goldstars - Halloween Hell
My Morning Jacket - Touch Me I'm Going to Scream, Part 2

How about Jonathan Coulton - Re: Your Brains next?! 
Thank goodness Halloween comes only once a year - The Hooters and Oingo Boingo back to back.
Yeah! Love me some Boingo on a Friday afternoon....
 randyblew wrote:
 They get so little credit outside of Cally.
 
Yes, OB was pretty much a non-factor critically and commercially outside of the West Coast during their peak years.  But film producers loved their sound, so they live on to much higher esteem all over the U.S. 30 years later.
 Keef wrote:
Just started reading "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline.  This song is referenced at the beginning of the novel. 

 

Fun book. A little fluffy, but lots of fun. Enjoy! 
Cool sound, cool band. Elfman is awesome. One of my favorite Halloween tunes. 
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}
so good I assumed they were an English band.
He's a SUPER talent....where would Tim Burton be without him, huh?
Agreed.  Great talent, little notoriety. 
Love the Boingo! I was first turned on to them while living in Southern California in the 80's. A great band, and of course, Elfman is a genius composer and musician. They get so little credit outside of Cally. It's just another day...
Just started reading "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline.  This song is referenced at the beginning of the novel. 
 james_of_tucson wrote:
 kcar wrote:
  It's like the band is trying hard to be quirky and edgy, but it's pretty predictable stuff. Time and the river...

In the early 1980s this band seemed quite unique, hardly derivative of anything.  Nothing, if "predictable".  Their own promoters didn't know what to do with them! (You could often catch Oingo Boingo as an opening act for Reggae bands like Steel Pulse, Killer Bees, or the Twinkle Bros.)  Not exactly "new wave", not at all "reggae", not prog rock.  They were strange and you had to be a little beyond the norm yourself to ever be in a space where you'd discover them. 

I don't think they were trying to be "quirky" or "edgy", that part came naturally.  I think they tried hard to be *big*.  There were 9 or 10 performers credited on the '80 EP.  I knew about this band because a friend of mine pointed out the Strawberry Alarm Clock connection, and insisted that I go see them in concert (which was quite amazing — they are as much *performers* as they are *musicians*.)

 

''performers''  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7PGHF_kza8
Must turn up!     {#Dancingbanana_2}
I cannot hear this song now without mentally picturing the movie Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield and Robert Downey Jr. Help!  {#Lol}
I demand more Oingo Boingo!
Fortunately, Danny found another quite successful and profitable way to make a living.

this is quite dated
Play some R n R. It's Friday afternoon for crying out loud.
Reminds me of frat boys slamming their fists from one side of their chest to the other.  It's the endless auto-tuney beat that drives me nuts.
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Excellent song!! I love the video too.

This is one I crank around Halloween.
 

Wow, how clever! I bet you play "Everyday is Halloween" and "Bela Lugosi's Dead" too.

 


Did not know that are that good!

WOOOW!

 

Might be stupid:

But compare them to the methadone-music of Pink Floyd!


If only someone would remove Danny Elfman from the ass of Tim Burton the world would be a better place
 obstetricus wrote:
Nothing like a little Oingo Boingo to beat the afternoon blahs
 
Exactly!! Just when the post-lunch slow down is kicking in Boingo kicks it in gear.
One of the most under rated and talented band of the 80s.
Excellent song!! I love the video too.

This is one I crank around Halloween.
{#Dancingbanana}  {#Dancingbanana}  {#Dancingbanana}  {#Dancingbanana}  {#Dancingbanana}  {#Dancingbanana}
Mummy and me be doin the E—gyptian all across the rug . ..
I see that more Boingo needs to be uploaded to RP.  I'll take care of it.
Real Genius...highly recommend this for everyone's viewing pleasure; a Val Kilmer classic
Leave your body and soul at the door! Yep...really love this fun tune.
Not sure why I like this song soooo much—is it the memories or just the groove?  :)   I was shutting down my computer to head home for the day when this came on.  Think I'll stick around a little longer, dancing in my chair and cranking up the volume. 

 kcar wrote:
  It's like the band is trying hard to be quirky and edgy, but it's pretty predictable stuff. Time and the river...

In the early 1980s this band seemed quite unique, hardly derivative of anything.  Nothing, if "predictable".  Their own promoters didn't know what to do with them! (You could often catch Oingo Boingo as an opening act for Reggae bands like Steel Pulse, Killer Bees, or the Twinkle Bros.)  Not exactly "new wave", not at all "reggae", not prog rock.  They were strange and you had to be a little beyond the norm yourself to ever be in a space where you'd discover them. 

I don't think they were trying to be "quirky" or "edgy", that part came naturally.  I think they tried hard to be *big*.  There were 9 or 10 performers credited on the '80 EP.  I knew about this band because a friend of mine pointed out the Strawberry Alarm Clock connection, and insisted that I go see them in concert (which was quite amazing — they are as much *performers* as they are *musicians*.)

Have to share a memory for this song.  WAY back when this album came out I worked my first regular job at a stationery store in a mall in Buena Park, CA.  Remember the Teddy Ruxpin dolls that played a cassette, causing their mouths to move and read a book?  We sold those in the store and one night someone brought this cassette and put it in our Teddy Ruxpin demo.  It was funny to have Teddy's mouth moving and this song coming out as we cleaned and closed the store.  So I always remember that, and those fun times of my youth, when I hear this song.  A favorite after all these years!
{#Dancingbanana}{#Tongue} {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Daisy}{#Bananajam}{#Roflol}{#Clap}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananasplit}
Nothing like a little Oingo Boingo to beat the afternoon blahs
Love it! Mister Tuma, I be dancing!
 leathepea wrote:

and bubbles.
 

wait are you saying Danny Elfman did a soundtrack? 
This would be good on the soundtrack of a remake of Corman's classic Masque of the Red Death. Here's an illustration from the original Edgar Allan Poe story, posted on DeviantArt:

Masque of the Red Death

 countyman wrote:
This song always reminds me of Rodney and "Back To School"

R.I.P. Mr. Dangerfield
 
and bubbles.
Yeah!!! {#Dance}  {#Guitarist}
 Proclivities wrote:

That singer did enjoy astronomical success on his own - and still does.
 
I see Danny Elfman's name all the time and like his soundtrack work—had no idea he was the singer. After just listening to this song again, I'm still only mildly entertained. It's like the band is trying hard to be quirky and edgy, but it's pretty predictable stuff. Time and the river...

 lynnypoo wrote:
Danny Elfman - Married Bridget Fonda.  Just a trivia note.
 
Wow, had no idea. Did she retire? IMDB doesn't have any credits for her after 2002. More trivia: Larry Hagman is her godfather. 
  
Is it Halloween already?
Love this song!!  Danny Elfman is the greatest!
Pretty cool, gets me jumping up and down :)

Excellent, thanks! Just what I needed this morning. {#Bananajam}
Great college music.
 kcar wrote:


I don't know that reason, but they never were all that big in the US either. It may have had something to do with the singer. 
 
That singer did enjoy astronomical success on his own - and still does.

Danny Elfman - Married Bridget Fonda.  Just a trivia note.
 chedak wrote:
...or maybe a "Bop" dance like Molly Ringwald did in the movie "The Breakfast Club" if anyone can remember.

Poacher wrote:

I would recommend a 80s tango fusion. . . in lurex. . . with a rose. 

 
 
Well, I'll give it all a try. Loved Molly Ringwald in "The Breakfast Club." She did a variation of the "Point" from "Flashdance."

I am a dork. (No, not a geek, because a geek is that guy in the carnival who bites the heads off live chickens. I looked it up.)

I'll go with the Bop dance. Or maybe I'll just make something up as the rhythm and beat move me... (I'm still trying to figure out the tango-fusion thing.  NO LUREX.  Possibly a rose.) Poacher, you are absolutely evil. {#Cheesygrin}
uuuh...nope

 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Not really my thing at all. There's a reason Oingo Bongo never made it to the UK. This is just a little too generic for my tastes.
 

I don't know that reason, but they never were all that big in the US either. It may have had something to do with the singer. 
9 {#Arrow} 10

This song evokes so many great memories of fun parties that I can't keep rating it less than a 10.
So much for "the life of the party".

{#Taped-shut}

Kinda fun?

No-ingo Boingo in the end for me though!

Clever album art points!!!


No, uh-uh, no........just no.
Not really my thing at all. There's a reason Oingo Bongo never made it to the UK. This is just a little too generic for my tastes.
...or maybe a "Bop" dance like Molly Ringwald did in the movie "The Breakfast Club" if anyone can remember.

Poacher wrote:

I would recommend a 80s tango fusion. . . in lurex. . . with a rose. 

 


MAKE IT STOP
 Cynaera wrote:
Love this song. Um, what kind of dance does one do to this song? Disco doesn't really work, but break-dancing doesn't, either. Pogo? Flashdance? Never mind - I'll just make it up as I go.  {#Dancingbanana}
 
I would recommend a 80s tango fusion. . . in lurex. . . with a rose. 

No, I guess not.
Dead Man's Party......   perfect !  I still dancing...   

Come on in
Take off your skin
And rattle around in your bones.... {#Skull}
Perfect choice for the Halloween set!
Back in the early nineties when my son was 3 or 4 I had this CD playing in my car.  It had been in the player for about a week so I rotated to this song quite a few times.  One day as this song was playing my son got real quiet.  I asked him what was wrong and he replied:  "Well dad, I don't think it's very nice to have a party for dead people."  He was so serious it really cracked me up.  I think of that whenever I hear this song.

 FerretRob wrote:
Best Halloween concerts EVER! They played Irvine Meadows every Halloween. A few thousand diehard fans all dressed up for the costume party of the year. Devils, angels, maniacs and assorted looneys.

Something not unpleasant floating through the air, and Danny and the boys putting on the best show of their lives.

Each year the shows just got better and better. When they called it quits they played the Universal Amphitheater for their last few shows. https://www.amazon.com/Oingo-Boingo-Farewell-Universal-Amphitheatre/dp/B00005O4W2

A must have DVD for any of you devils, angels, maniacs and assorted looneys out there.
Thanks Bill!
 
Thanks for the link, FerretRob!  I WISH I'd been a part of life at that time - I don't know where I was (probably married and worried about bills and a wandering husband), but it was far away from the fun.  I love Oingo Boingo - why did they break up?  We could really use their music in these somber times...

Love this song. Um, what kind of dance does one do to this song? Disco doesn't really work, but break-dancing doesn't, either. Pogo? Flashdance? Never mind - I'll just make it up as I go.  {#Dancingbanana}

 lemmoth wrote:
Wonder if any of these guys ever got any work after the band broke up?  {#Angel}
 

I think the smiley face was sarcasm right? :)