Dark at the End of the Tunnel
|Dark at the End of the Tunnel|
|Studio album by|
|Released||February 20, 1990|
|Genre||Alternative rock, ska|
|Producer||Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek, John Avila|
|Oingo Boingo chronology|
|Singles from Dark at the End of the Tunnel|
Dark at the End of the Tunnel marked a stylistic shift toward ballads, with less synthesized instrumentation and more emotive lyrics than the band's previous records. However, the album's rock-heavy opener, "When the Lights Go Out", is more reminiscent of the band's previous work, while "Run Away" was one of their most overt ska songs to date.
By the time of the album's recording, Danny Elfman had become a famed film composer, particularly in collaboration with Tim Burton. Two tracks on the album had previously emerged on movie soundtracks: an early recording of "Try to Believe" first appeared as an instrumental during end credits of the 1988 film Midnight Run (scored by Elfman), and a vocal version, attributed to "Mosley & The B-Men", was released on the film's soundtrack album; similarly, a different mix of "Flesh 'N Blood" had first appeared in the 1989 film Ghostbusters II and on its soundtrack.
The cover art of the album depicts a portion of a painting entitled "Volcano," by artist Peter Zokosky.
All tracks are written by Danny Elfman.
|1.||"When the Lights Go Out"||4:11|
|3.||"Out of Control"||4:12|
|6.||"Flesh 'N Blood"||4:19|
|7.||"Run Away (The Escape Song)"||4:20|
|10.||"Right to Know" (CD/cassette exclusive bonus track)||3:58|
|11.||"Try to Believe"||4:33|
- Oingo Boingo
- Danny Elfman - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- John Avila - bass, vocals
- Steve Bartek - lead guitar
- Carl Graves - keyboards, vocals
- Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez - drums, percussion
- Sam Phipps - tenor and soprano saxophones
- Leon Schneiderman - baritone saxophone
- Dale Turner - trumpet
- Additional Musicians
- Bruce Fowler - trombone
- Ralph Grierson - piano
- Kenny Kotwitz - accordion
- Brian Mann - accordion
- Yvonne S. Moriarity - french horn
- Maxine Waters and Julia Waters - additional vocals on "Try to Believe"