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Dead Man’s Party, by Oingo Boingo: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Dead Man’s Party

-Artist: Oingo Boingo

-Release Year: 1985

-Song/Album Length: 6:21

-Genre: New Wave

-How to Listen: Spotify (linked below), Apple Music, iHeart Radio, Pandora, or find the album at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RPO: 3

Lyrics:

I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin’ with a dead man over my shoulder
I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin’ with a dead man over my shoulder

Waiting for an invitation to arrive
Goin’ to a party where no one’s still alive
Waiting for an invitation to arrive
Goin’ to a party where no one’s still alive

I was struck by lighting, walkin’ down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep
It’s a dead man’s party who could ask for more?
Everybody’s comin’, leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door

Don’t run away it’s only me
Only me

I’m all dressed up, nowhere to go
Walkin’ with a dead man (oh!) with a dead man
Ooh ooh, waitin’ for an invitation to arrive
Ooh! Walkin’ with a dead man, dead man (with a dead man)

I got my best suit and my tie
With a shiny silver dollar on either eye
I hear the chauffeur comin’ to my door
Says there’s room for maybe just one more

I was struck by lighting, walkin’ down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep
It’s a dead man’s party, who could ask for more?
Everybody’s comin’, leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door

Don’t run away it’s only me
Don’t be afraid of what you can’t see
Don’t run away it’s only me (only me)
Don’t be afraid of what you can’t see

It’s only me

I was struck by lighting, walkin’ down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep
It’s a dead man’s party, who could ask for more?
Everybody’s comin’, leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door

Don’t run away it’s only me (only me)
Don’t be afraid of what you can’t see
Don’t run away it’s only me (only me)
Don’t be afraid of what you can’t see

It’s only me

It’s only me
Only me
It’s only me
It’s only me
Only me (only me)
It’s only me
It’s only me
It’s only me
Ow!

Review:

While Oingo Boingo wasn’t often played in my house growing up I was super lucky to have been introduced to a ton of different music from the 1980s growing up.  Overall, I do really like this song.  Its rhythm and beat are catchy, and the lyrics are quite entertaining.

In the context of RPO I do understand why the character of Halliday chose this song to set his last will and testament to.  It has just enough of the morbid humor I feel he would have possessed as well as just having that genuine 1980s feel.  There is little chance of thinking that this song was made in any other time period.  Its just distinctly 80s.

The lyrics truly do feel like the fit the context of his will as well.  While he is dead it has the feel of a dance song which was fitting because he used this video to announce that he had built a contest into the OASIS.  This song has that kind of mischievous and upbeat feel in contrast to the idea of the lyrics.

Which I’m finding the more and more I research New Wave music seems to kind of be a running theme.

This song is also the first introduction to Halliday’s character and the fact that he likes to hide clues and little nods to his life throughout his work…and that sometimes what looks innocent actually holds a really important piece of information that you may need.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.