Halloween Online - The Internet's largest resource for quality Halloween information, articles, instruction and entertainment.

HALLOWEEN BUYING GUIDE          HALLOWEEN IN THE NEWS          HALLOWEEN 2015           HOME

 
Halloween Guide and Ideas

MAIN CONTENTS

Featured Halloween Articles Featured Articles
The latest Halloween articles from the staff of Halloween Online.
Halloween Costumes Halloween Costumes
Halloween Costumes, Halloween Masks and Makeup ideas.
Halloween Decorations Halloween Decorations
Halloween decorations you can make or buy for the spookiest night.
Halloween Recipes Halloween Recipes
Our cookbook filled with Halloween recipes, tasty tricks and treats.
Halloween Games Halloween Games
Spooky Halloween games adaptable for both kid's and adults.
Halloween Party Planning Halloween Party
Halloween Party planning and ideas for your festivities.
Halloween Safety Guide Halloween Safety
S
afety information, tips and suggestions for a safe Halloween.
Halloween Tips 101 Halloween Tips
That's right, 101 great Halloween tips, ideas and suggestions!
Halloween Props & Special FX Halloween Props
Spooky Special Effects and Props for your Halloween haunt.
Pumpkin Carving Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkin carving tips for carving your Halloween Jack O' Lanterns.
Halloween Music & Movie Reviews Movies & Music
Suggestions for the best Halloween music and Halloween movies.
Halloween Crafts Halloween Crafts
Halloween craft ideas and instructions for lots of Halloween fun.
High Tech Halloween High-Tech Halloween
Ghostly gadgets for your computer, cell-phone, Palm Pilot and more!
Halloween Guide and Ideas
 
Halloween Guide and Ideas

HALLOWEEN NEWS


'DEAD MAN'S PARTY'  IS OVER, OR IS IT?
Oingo calls it quits after a Halloween show

By Amy Dawes - Los Angeles Daily News
Tuesday, October 31, 1995

Oingo Boingo's Last Show"Dead Man's Very Last Party?" "Boingo Dead on Halloween?"

A Southern California pop music tradition is about to die, and Oingo Boingo front man Danny Elfman is joking about possible titles for the live album the band plans to record during its final concert Halloween night at the Universal Amphitheater.

Tonight's performance is the last of four sold-out shows there that will mark the end of the band's career after 17 years and 11 albums.

And what should the band's fanatic followers -- who often attend the annual Halloween shows in costume -- expect at the farewell concert?

"A long, exhausting show with lots of songs and the same cheap tricks we've been dragging out on stage ever since we started," Elfman said drolly.

It's not as if Elfman, 42, wouldn't have the money to invest. During the past 10 years, he's led an unusual double life. On the one hand, he fronts a band whose frenetic dance music and wild stage antics appeal mostly to teens; on the other hand, he has become one of the busiest orchestral composers in the movie world.

Current hit films Elfman has scored include "To Die For" and "Dead Presidents", as well as the theme music for Fox TV's "The Simpsons".

He's best-known for his association with director Tim Burton, for whom he scored "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", "Beetlejuice", the Grammy-winning "Batman" soundtrack, "Edward Scissorhands" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

That relationship has ended, and Elfman says it's over for good. "It was personal. I haven't spoken to him in a couple of years, and I don't expect I ever will again."

Amicable breakup:

The breakup of Oingo Boingo, on the other hand, is far more amicable. "We've been thinking about laying it to rest for the last four or five years. We decided to make a nice clean break, give our fans a chance to say goodbye and give us a chance to say goodbye to them," Elfman said. "I think it's a miracle when a band makes it more than a decade, especially a big, nutty group like us."

Indeed, Oingo Boingo has been hard to classify. Spun off in the late '70s from the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, a traveling performance-art troupe that Elfman's brother, Rick, had drafted him into, Oingo Boingo mixed the energy of the era's punk-rock music with ironic, angst-filled lyrics and an eclectic mix of horns, xylophones, synthesizers, ska, reggae and West African beats.

Never big on a national scale, the band took off in Southern California with the support of radio station KROQ-FM and disc jockey Jed the Fish, who played "Only a Lad" incessantly.

The band's Day of the Dead imagery and its traditional Halloween concerts came about almost by accident, says Elfman. "I just always loved Halloween -- it's a chance to let your imagination go and be someone else, and our concerts just happened to get scheduled at that time, and it all came together with our imagery and made sense."

A graduate of University High in West Los Angeles, Elfman grew up in Baldwin Hills, where he claims he spent nearly every weekend at the movies, keenly attuned to the styles of various composers. His oddball passion paid off years later, when fledgling film director Tim Burton approached Elfman about creating a score for a movie version of the popular TV show "Pee-Wee's Playhouse".

For the past several years, Elfman has been writing screenplays, and one of them, titled "Little Demons", appears headed for production at New Line, with Elfman attached to direct.

But while he seeks new directions, the fans remain remarkably loyal. Doesn't that make Elfman want to change his mind?

"Not really," he said. "There's the risk of the dinosaur factor kicking in. In short, it's been fun."
 

HALLOWEEN LINKS      HALLOWEEN JOKES       HOME

Sitemap      About Halloween Online      Reprint Information      Terms of Use
Halloween Online is the single largest resource for quality Halloween information, articles, instruction and entertainment on the Internet.
The Halloween Online staff has created this site and its content to help make your Halloween celebration as fun and frightful as possible.
All information on this website (halloween-online.com) is Copyright ©
1994 - 2015 Halloween Online™. All Rights Reserved.