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Los Angeles, California, USA (1978 – 1995)

Richard Elfman founded the theatrical troupe The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. In 1978 the remnants of the Mystic Knights formed together under lead singer Danny Elfman as the band Oingo Boingo. The hyperkinetic ska-flavored New Wave band is characterized by their manic live performances and eclectic range of songs; Elfman and the band performed for a remarkable twenty years.

The band from Los Angeles, California, USA, a pared-down version of the theatrical troupe The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, released eight major albums and two live compilations, each containing songs that varied from fast-paced ska to soulful jazz to emotional rock to off-kilter pop.

Starting in 1980, Oingo Boingo spent their first three albums establishing themselves as a band with , , , and vocals, lyrics, and instrumentation, among other things lambasting “normal” society and politics for their many hypocrisies and encouraging people to think for themselves. The band made a change toward a different sound when frontman Danny Elfman recorded So-Lo in collaboration with the band and a new label, beginning a trio of “”-ish albums containing ballads and songs about life and mortality, including the famous Dead Man’s Party.


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