Oingo Boingo was an American new wave band, best known for their hits “Dead Man’s Party” and “Weird Science”. They are noted for their high energy live concerts, movie soundtrack contributions, and their mixture of genre, which can be described as including ska, pop, rock, and world music.The band was founded in 1972 as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, a performance art group. The band was led by songwriter/vocalist Danny Elfman, who has since achieved success as a composer for film and television.
The band’s format changed several times. In 1979, the group reshaped from a semi-theatrical music and performance troupe into a ska-influenced new wave octet, under the name Oingo Boingo. In 1994 the band shortened their name again to Boingo, following a significant change of genre and dropping the horn section from live concerts. The band retired after a farewell concert on Halloween 1995, for which they reverted to the name Oingo Boingo and returned the horn section.