Various - Dead Bands Party: A Tribute to Oingo Boingo (Cover Artwork)


Various: Dead Bands Party: A Tribute to Oingo BoingoDead Bands Party: A Tribute to Oingo Boingo (2005)
Indianola Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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As a general rule, I think tribute albums are an awful, awful idea. I might not be as inclined to think this if tribute albums to such artists as the Smiths, Bob Dylan, and the Who were not so downright awful. I'm not against cover songs by any stretch, but it seems that very little to no time w.
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As a general rule, I think tribute albums are an awful, awful idea.

I might not be as inclined to think this if tribute albums to such artists as the Smiths, Bob Dylan, and the Who were not so downright awful. I'm not against cover songs by any stretch, but it seems that very little to no time was put into actually practicing these songs enough to record for a tribute album. The songs appear more as an afterthought than something for a band to be legitimately proud of. Latest in the long line of tribute albums is for 80's pop act Oingo Boingo.

Dead Bands Party has fourteen different contemporary acts covering fourteen of Oingo Boingo's biggest 80's hits, including Hellogoodbye's rendition of the band's most well-known track, "Weird Science." You wouldn't think a band such as Hellogoodbye could accurately convey the quirky nature of Oingo, but they actually do a fairly decent job. The bouncy track will make you tap your foot and sing along just as you'd have done in the height of their popularity. Also completely nailing their cover is Clear Static trying their hand at "Dead Man's Party." The heavy keyboards and spot on vocals sound absolutely perfect, to the point where I may even prefer this version over the original. May. Also faring quite well on this album are RX Bandits and Reel Big Fish, covering "Grey Matter" and "We Close Our Eyes," respectively. The reggae flavor works surprisingly well for the bands, and the twist on the originals is commendable. I really like that bands from varied backgrounds and styles can sound so tight together as an album, and put their own spin on things while keeping all the same charm as the originals.

The most interesting moment on the tribute comes from female singer/songwriter Jessica Burgan covering "Not My Slave." Burgan's strong voice and plucking on the acoustic guitar offers quite the alternative from the original, but it's actually pretty engaging. I can't say that anybody so much as butchers their designated track, but I could probably do without the Rocky Raccoons' "Little Girls" and the Suburban Legends' "On the Outside." No, they're not horrible, but they aren't up to par with the surprising level of effort put into covering the other songs to be found here.

For both new and returning fans of the 80's pop act, all the quirkiness, bouncy rhythms, and fun that put Oingo Boingo in the spotlight in the first place is here. Every band on this tribute deserves credit, because it's obvious to anybody they did their best to capture what gained the bands a draw those twenty something years ago.


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Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

I agree with theses guys the Suburban Legends covers were amazing.

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

Oh man i just listened to this cd the other day i thought it was amazing especially the Suburban Legends song On The Outside. It was fantastic, musical makeover genius'.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

suburban legends r to good to be true, u cant dis them and if u do then im pretty sure nobody will care about u

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

Yea i loved the cover by Suburban Legends, i thought they did a magnificent job on the song. Probably one of the best songs on the cd.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

I think suburban legends did a fantastic job on covering the songs.

Anonymous (October 13, 2005)

You guys, the Zebrahead/Matches track actually is the best song on the album. It's a ska song and sounds nothing like Zebrahead or the Matches.

Anonymous (October 13, 2005)

danny elfman rocks. pure genius

Anonymous (October 13, 2005)

"the matches wants to do an oingo boingo cover with us.."

score is for the matches/zebrahead collab, sweet ass shit.

SkolarX (October 12, 2005)

jones... i think that may have been your best pull ever. at least in a few weeks

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

there are people that havent heard of oingo boingo? thats a trip

rkl (October 11, 2005)

re: the comment below me..

oingo boingo was the band of danny elfman, known in hollywood as the shitcomposer/arranger

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

i never even heard of this band!? can some one please tell me who BONIGO IS!?

CoD (October 11, 2005)

The Rx Bandits cover is the best. 2nd is definitely RBF.

stevejonestherealbones (October 11, 2005)

"The best track is Violent Love by Zebrahead

thats just silly. zebrahead cant even have a "best track" on a zebrahead release

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Nap (October 11, 2005)

Score is for the incredible shit FINCH cover!!!

Nap (October 11, 2005)

The best track is Violent Love by Zebrahead

inagreendase (October 11, 2005)

Wasn't Danny Elfman in Oingo Boingo?

Yes; I didn't actually know this, though, until I went to grab the cover art for it and glazed over the Interpunk description. Pretty bizzarre connection.

TheNightProwler (October 11, 2005)

I love little girls, they make me feel so good!

I love little girls they make me feel so bad!!

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

Oingo Boingo was quite possibly one of the worst bands in history. Hardcore lame music for poofs.

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

Wasn't Danny Elfman in Oingo Boingo?

inagreendase (October 11, 2005)

Yeah, RX Bandts basically ripped off the upstrokes from one of their older songs ("Status" I believe) for "Grey Matter," but it's a damn good cover.

stevejonestherealbones (October 11, 2005)

the rxb and aquabats covers are good.

- jones the bones

- stevejones87770@yahoo.com

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