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3.11 | 16 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Just Another Day (5:14)
2. Dead Man's Party (6:23)
3. Heard Somebody Cry (4:39)
4. No One Lives Forever (4:16)
5. Stay (3:39)
6. Fool's Paradise (4:36)
7. Help Me (3:47)
8. Same Man I Was Before (3:26)
9. Weird Science (6:10)

Total Time 41:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Danny Elfman / lead vocals, rhythm guitar, composer
- Steve Bartek / guitar
- Mike Bacich / keyboards
- Leon Schniederman / alto & baritone saxes
- Sam "Sluggo" Phipps / tenor & soprano saxes
- Dale Turner / trumpet, trombone
- John Avila / bass, vocals
- Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Larry Vigon

LP MCA Records - MCA-5665 (1985, US)
LP Geffen - B0023273-01 (2015, US)

CD MCA Records - MCAD-5665 (1986, US)

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OINGO BOINGO Dead Man's Party ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by Evolver
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3 stars This album, the first on MCA released under the band's name (se "So-Lo" for the explanation for that), continues Oingo Boingo's journey away from the dark circus freak show style that made their A&M albums so wickedly enjoyable. Sure, Danny Elfman humorously touches upon the topic of death in Dead Man's Party and No One Lives Forever, but the rest of the tracks, lyrically, are forgettable. And musically, the prog elements are all but completely eliminated. What's left is slightly elevated pop. And although the horn section makes a greater appearance than they did on "So-Lo", with the exception of Weird Science, their parts are bland and nondescript. The low point is Fool's Paradise, which sounds like a remnant from David Bowie's dismal disco ("Let's Dance") period. The high points are the three songs mentioned above. While not progressive, they each provide a nice groove. And the pop music? It's listenable, but nothing special. I give this just barely three stars.

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3 stars At 1985, Oingo Boingo moves to the MCA records and quickly becomes a pop-oriented band between ska and post-punk with their fourth release, Dead Man's Party. The album tracks was already used as soundtracks for a hundred movies and TV series: Back to School, Weird Science (the song of the s ... (read more)

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