Oingo Boingo

Danny Elman of Oingo Boingo with Xiomaro
Photo by Arthur Field. Archives | www.xiomaro.com

Back in the 1980s, one of my favorite bands was Oingo Boingo, a quirky alt-rock outfit from Los Angeles. I first saw them on the short-lived comedy show Fridays. Other new talents on that program included Larry David and Michael Richards, better known for Seinfeld.

Thanks to Arthur Field, who I befriended after my band hired him for a photo shoot, we got to see Oingo Boingo perform at The Ritz in New York City in 1987. Afterward we met lead singer Danny Elfman backstage. Elfman would later go on to compose the theme for The Simpsons and score the music for countless Tim Burton films.

As much as I liked his band, I had a difficult time striking up a conversation with him. It was mostly small talk, which he graciously tolerated long enough for this photo. I do remember him being more interested in talking to my sister.

If I met him again, I think I would have an easier time being sociable. I would definitely ask him if he would sit for a portrait. And I would leave my sister behind.

Do you have any photos with a celebrity? What was the encounter like?


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Published by Xiomáro

Nationally exhibited artist, photographer, speaker, teacher, and curator. Author of "Weir Farm National Historic Site" (Arcadia Publishing). www.xiomaro.com.

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