- Released: May 17, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Giant Records
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Entertainment Weekly - 5/2/94, p.63Rating: B-
Q - 11/94, p.1063 Stars
- Good - "...a disturbing personality that leaves you curious for more..."
Alternative Press - 9/94, p.65
"...Every song on BOINGO is a musical journey down a decidedly different path....A true masterpiece of breathtaking vision..."
- 4.Can't See (Useless)
- 5.Pedestrain Wolves
- 6.Lost Like This
- 8.War Again
- 9.I Am the Walrus
- 10.Tender Lumplings
The cassette version includes the song "Helpless".
Boingo: Danny Elfman (vocals, guitar); John Avila (vocals, bass); Steve Bartek, Warren Fitzgerald (guitar); Doug Lacy (accordion); Sam Phipps (soprano & tenor saxophones); Leon Schneiderman (baritone saxophone); Dale Turner (trumpet, trombone); Marc Mann (keyboards, samples); Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Bruce Dukov (violin); Fred Seykora (cello); Carl Graves, Cameron Graves, Taylor Graves, Maxine Waters, Julia Waters (background vocals).
Producers: Steve Bartek, John Avila, Danny Elfman.
Recorded at Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, California and The Enterprise, Burbank, California.
Personnel: Danny Elfman (vocals, guitar); John Avila (vocals); Steve Bartek , Warren Fitzgerald (guitar); Frederick Seykora (cello); Doug Lacy (accordion); Sam Phipps (saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Leon Schneiderman (baritone saxophone); Dale Turner (trumpet, trombone); Marc Mann (keyboards, sampler); Johnny Hernandez (drums, percussion); Katurah Clarke (percussion); Carl Graves, Taylor Graves, Julia Waters (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Michael Barbiero; Steve Thompson .
Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Enterprise Studio, Burbank, CA; Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: Melodie McDaniel; Anthony Artiaga.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jimmy Amason; Maxine Willard Waters.
Arranger: Danny Elfman.
The introduction to Boingo's first track, "Insanity," sounds like an unused cut from the Batman motion picture theme , shuffling into an angry and eerie rebellion against Christianity, right wing mentality ("years of evolution and we get Danny Quayle"), and media. The lyrics and instrumentation alone demand attention, but the album is pushed over the top by the inclusion of children's vocals that contain a certain element of hypnotism, reminiscent of the rebellion against school teachers in Pink Floyd's The Wall. This is what happens when someone captures "Children of the Damned" and gives them Danny Elfman as choir director. If one can survive the entrance to the rest of the album, there are depressing ballads and guitar-driven rockers to gain, but nary a hint of the plucky instrumentals on past efforts. Boingo amply covers John Lennon's "The Walrus" and milks up their creative spots on the tracks "Lost Like This" and "Spider." Most enjoyable, and unfortunately only on the cassette version, is the end track "Helpless." "Helpless" is voiced by a Jack Skellington-mode Danny Elfman and nearly parodies the grieving found on the rest of the album. It is an operatically rendered portrayal of a "monster" who has been handed a bad life and has no escape. The group Oingo Boingo was once a party favorite, a cult dish for outcasts and pop-punksters, a Halloween night treasure. With their previous album Dark at the End of the Tunnel they showed signs of slowing down, becoming a bit more thoughtful and age weary. With Boingo they have completely dissipated every ounce of youthful banter and concocted an album that would fit neatly between the shelves of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. Every grain of 1990s droopiness and melancholic frustration has been forced into the album, which makes it a risky one. Here is a fun '80s band in every sense of the term and they have made an unquestionable, 100 percent crossover into grim alternative. ~ Peter Fawthrop