But during the mid- to late '80s, Elfman struck up a friendship with director Tim Burton and began contributing music to Burton-directed movies on a regular basis, first with the major comedy hit Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, and then later Beetlejuice, Big Top Pee Wee, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, and the remake of Planet of the Apes, among others. In return, Elfman became one of Hollywood's most in-demand film composers, providing music for countless films and TV programs (receiving Grammy, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Oscar nominations for his work). With Elfman primarily focusing on film composing by this point, Oingo Boingo was laid to rest in 1995 after a farewell performance at L.A.'s Universal Amphitheatre, which was issued a year later as a CD and video, appropriately titled Farewell. A pair of Oingo Boingo collections surfaced during the '90s, 1992's Best O' Boingo and 1999's double-disc Anthology, as were a pair of anthologies of Elfman's film scores: 1990's Music for a Darkened Theater, Vol. 1: Film & Television Music and 1996's Music for a Darkened Theater, Vol. 2: Film & Television Music. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
Cambridge, Mass. – March 8th, 2013 – Harmonix today announced that singles from Oingo Boingo and Toto are headed to the Rock Band™ Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™. Facetious
For a while, Oingo Boingo were the most popular New Wave band from Southern California. "Weird Science" and "Dead Man's Party" were ubiquitous anthems for high school students the world over, and with good reason. With music penned by singer-songwriter Danny Elfman and arranged by guitarist Steve Bartek, Oingo Boingo brought forth the ultimate in party pop. A clever balance of chaos and precision, their songs are filled with memorable hooks, spot-on horn parts, pointed guitars, prominent rhythms and all manner of synth sounds. Their relationship was so successful that the duo continues to collaborate on film scores. Elfman's lyrics -- covering everything from delinquency and pedophilia to visions of a dystopian future -- countered the music well, providing a dark side to the band's chirpier moments. Quirk rock was never so much fun.