The ’80s may be gone, but memories of new wave music — infused with synthesizers, reggae beats and African rhythms — live on with Dead Man’s Party.
The original Oingo Boingo tribute band, Dead Man’s Party, will rock the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Tickets for the show are $10.
Dead Man’s Party formed in 2004 to re-create the same level of performance that made Oingo Boingo a phenomenon among music lovers in the 1980s. This eight-piece band has been fashioned after the original Oingo Boingo line-up, featuring a three-piece horn section, guitar, bass, keys, drum and a frontman so convincing people sometimes believe they are watching Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman himself.
For a long time, the original Oingo Boingo was one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. The band had a tremendous underground following due to its unique mixtures of Balinese polyrhythms, West African melodies and big band-tinged horn-paced songs.
Oingo Boingo’s self-titled debut album brought negative appraisals from local critics, claiming the music was commercial and geared toward teenagers. On the contrary, lead singer and writer Elfman felt their music was actually too complex for a young audience to understand rhythmically, melodically and lyrically. Despite the criticism, they continued on.
In 1981, Oingo Boingo signed with A&M Records. With this label they released three successful albums, including "Only a Lad" in 1981, "Nothing to Fear" in 1982 and "Good for Your Soul" in 1983. The band began touring nationwide, performing top tracks “Only a Lad,” “Weird Science,” their signature hit — “Dead Man’s Party” — and many more. The band dissolved after their farewell concert in 1995.
The one-of-a-kind tribute band takes the stage at the Chumash Casino Resort. Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, the resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Indulge or online at www.chumashcasino.com.