Dead Man's Party

Universal Music Brasil
Release date
28 Apr 1986
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Just Another Day 5:13 40,505
2 Dead Man's Party 6:18 77,080
3 Heard Somebody Cry 4:40 12,173
4 No One Lives Forever 4:15 26,025
5 Stay 3:37 76,110
6 Fool's Paradise 4:35 10,983
7 Help Me 3:46 12,422
8 Same Man I Was Before 3:24 11,175
9 Weird Science 3:49 67,285

About this album

Returning after a two-year recording hiatus (during which bandleader Danny Elfman recorded a solo album), Oingo Boingo forsook the excesses of smart-aleck humor and quirky production that had led critics almost universally to dismiss the band’s first four albums. The sound is still maybe just a bit too uptight and over-determined, but the horn charts are more focused and sophisticated, and Elfman has matured considerably as a lyricist. Alongside such typically oddball fare as the title track and a surprise hit song called “Weird Science” are the faintly paranoid “Just Another Day” and the frankly romantic “Stay,” as well as a glorious Motown tribute called “Help Me.” But “Weird Science” is what really brings things to a close with a bang — though it reverts somewhat to the band’s earlier indulgence in wacka-wacka sound effects and willfully crazy production technique, it’s also one of Boingo’s most satisfying pop songs ever. Overall, this is perhaps the first Oingo Boingo album to hang together really well as a whole. Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson, Rovi

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  • MysticShit

    I guess in hindsight i can't see it as them selling out, because as far as i can tell their appeal didn't stretch all that wider than it had done previously. They might have aimed as a group to be more middle of the road but in my opinion it didn't happen. Dead Man's Party is still just as quirky as their previous work. I think Oingo Boingo are an acquired taste, but god knows why! I've never understood why they're so underrated and unknown.

    12 Mar 2014 Reply
  • MistahJohnson

    Their previous albums were so much goofier. They've got a couple catchy tracks, but this is pretty much them selling out.

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    No, you really can't hate this album, can you? Not unless you've got some mad vendetta against the 80s.

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Khartas

    It's illegal in some countries to dislike the song "No One Lives Forever".

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • akamadcow

    Comic Book Guy would say "Best Album Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Omega_Borealis

    this was my introduction to Oingo Boingo and holds a special place in my heart. one of the few albums i can listen to without skipping.

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • RemixNoise

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    20 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Nepthys

    Me likes.

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • metalsalvation

    No one can say anything bad about Oingo Boingo. Their eccentricity opened the doors for all of these off the wall bands. They also had some freakin awesome music that is still great to listen to today. Reminds me of my youth when life was much simpler and more mysterious.

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Oh-dae-su

    This is awesome. All I had growing up was Skeletons in the Closet, Best O' Boingo, and Farewell album. Now I'm listening to "new" oingo boingo. Really like "Same Man I Was Before."

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • BobbieWest

    Rocking horns, knockin' bones!

    25 Jun 2008 Reply

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