Sunday, July 12, 2009

Songs in Cinema: Oingo Boingo Edition

We all know how vital Danny Elfman's music has been in films like the Tim Burton canon, 'Superman', 'Spiderman', 'Good Will Hunting' and dozens more. Let's not forget, however, that his old band, Oingo Boingo, appeared on the soundtracks of what seemed like every film in the '80s. 'Bachelor Party', 'The Last American Virgin', 'Ghostbusters 2', 'Summer School', 'Teen Wolf Too', 'My Best Friend Is A Vampire' and 'Beverly Hills Cop' make up only a handful of examples. The ones that I enjoyed the most during the "me decade" are from the following films:

Oingo Boingo - Weird Science (mp3)
If you can find the out-of-print soundtrack, you can get this single as well as an extended dance version. What a blast!

Oingo Boingo - Wild Sex (In the Working Class) (mp3)
Try to listen to this one without picturing Anthony Michael Hall attempting to dance with Molly Ringwald in 'Sixteen Candles'. "Very hot. Very hot."

Oingo Boingo - Not My Slave (mp3)
It's hardly pivotal to 'Something Wild', but this is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. It will get an entire entry from me at some point. This soundtrack version is about 30 seconds longer than the single.

Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party (mp3)
The band actually performs this one in Rodney Dangerfield's dorm room in the film 'Back to School'. "Always look out for number one, and be careful not to step in number two." "Oh, you're a poetry major. Maybe you can help me straighten out my Longfellow." "Flunk me? Flunk you!" I could do this all day.

Oingo Boingo - Goodbye Goodbye (mp3)
This one closes out 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' as Hamilton spalshes a would-be robber with hot coffee while working at a convenience store. Awesome, totally, awesome way to end a classic.

Did you know that 'Fast Times' was also a short-lived TV series? It's true, and Oingo Boingo did the opening music for this CBS show back in '86. Check out the song and a couple of future stars that appeared on it. Wow, how about the show snagging the original Mr. Vargas and Mr. Hand, too?

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