Oingo Boingo! C or D ??

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chaki, Thursday, 16 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i honestly cant see how anyone can say dud!

chaki, Thursday, 16 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

the worst band in the history of music?

bland "punk"(?)/ska meets new wave (ca. Richard Blade, who broke the band. i wish i could break him), dreadful bleating horns, a singer whose degree of annoyingness has yet to be surpassed despite stiff competition courtesy of Creed, Radiohead and Third Eye Blind.

"Dead Man's Party" = most.annoying.song.evah. flashback incessant repitions of this song circa 10/31/90, college quad, volleyball players really soaking in the vibe man. 2 hours to complete a physics lab. fuck. "Goodbye Goodbye Goodbye" and "Weird Science" are in the top 10 shitsongs to be sure.

their cover of "You Really Got Me" is the most cheese-laden tripe ever imaginable. New lows to the definition of "candy-assed".

seriously, the only thing classic about this band is that they met their demise (alas, not soon enough).

http://gygax.pitas.com, Thursday, 16 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

:(

chaki, Thursday, 16 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

now that's just sad...

g, Thursday, 16 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Only a Lad" was a fine tune, but it always struck me that they were simply a diluted version of Wall of Voodoo, XTC and Devo.

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 16 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Wow, gygax! You sure are opinionated over this one. I've always liked Oingo Boingo, specifically Only A Lad and Nothing To Fear. Both albums are great from beginning to end. It's only when Elfman started getting calls to write songs for 80's teen films that the juices began running dry.

On a side note: a band I used to play with did a cover of "Private Life", but without the keyboards it sounded like shite.

paul, Thursday, 16 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

They were great in Rodney Dangerfield's "Back to School"

If you ever lived in So. Cal. for any length of time you'll have a different opinion on Oingo Boingo than the rest of the country. They were certainly responsible for bringing a certain kind of new wave sound to the southland.

Steve K, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I'll have to second that. Their Halloween show was pretty much a cultural tradition of sorts.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure gygax and I were both in SoCal around the same time (I grew up there and departed - good riddance! - in '91), and I have to say I'm all the way with him on this one. There's something particularly grating about both the dilution and the exploitation of influences; for example, singing like Andy Partridge but with much more grating hooks. Now, I am witness to the fanatical devotion they inspired in the 91X/KROQ/LA to San Diego rock crowd, but those people were just swallowing the bullshit they were being fed - ie, a "dark" band that was essentially harmless, a watered-down American version of new wave (Thomas Dolby, XTC, etc.) and ska (hey look, no need for those silly black people!).

Actually, given the racial divisions heavily prevalent in the 80s in LA, it only makes Oingo Boingo's wholesale appropriation of black music elements that much more offensive - nothing like getting white racist UCLA party animals to listen to black music without actually having to think about or deal with black people...

Fuck Boingo.

Shaky Mo Collier, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hey look, no need for those silly black people!

Though there were a couple of Latinos in the band (which doesn't exactly make them Los Lobos, admittedly). I completely and totally agree with the wannabe XTC-meets-Devo analysis going on here, and Rollins once memorably described California rednecks in a 1985-era spoken word bit as like rednecks everywhere, but with Oingo Boingo stickers on their cars.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Ya right! shut up everyone. Yhey were so GRATE! Barteks guitar playing was the PERFECT creepy cousan to Elfmans haunting vocals and lyrics! OH NO THEY WERE PLAYING AROUND WITH GENRE MIXING! Actually people, there were the ONLY ONES doing that back in the day! And it wasnt some kind of Sublime mishmosh of punk n ska! They actually hada 'direction' and a 'vision' with this genremashing noise. The old west carnival santa fe latin thing was the perfect visual for the music. AND DONT FORGET THEIR vaudville adventures in film and stage as the "Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo" !!!! Bottom line this is a troupe of band nerds gone big and im always down for that.

chaki, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"OH NO THEY WERE PLAYING AROUND WITH GENRE MIXING! Actually people, there were the ONLY ONES doing that back in the day! And it wasnt some kind of Sublime mishmosh of punk n ska!"

Oh jesus... uhm, did you not see the above mention of an infinitely better and more interesting LA genre-mixing band from that period - LOS LOBOS?!?! Maybe not so much the ska part, but definitely the latin horns and folk music influences, crossed with rock and a bit of new wave here and there. OB were NOT the only ones. As someone who grew up around there at the apex of OBs career, that's a load of crap. And don't even bother bringing up Sublime - christ, the original wave of British punks ('76-'81) were deep DEEP into mixing ska, punk, and reggae - ie, the Slits, the Clash being produced by Scratch Perry, the Specials, etc. years before Boingo. Boingo was biting a bunch of influences and re-packaging them sans "threatening" interracial, political, or more experimental overtones back to a bunch of stupid white kids that just wanted to have a "dead man's party" and fondle Kelly Le Brock. Even X, another infinitely better LA band, toyed with the Latin imagery/themes before them, and in a better way.

Shaky Mo Collier, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

You forgot to list Fishbone and the Untouchables!!!! I know OB weren't the only ones mashing up styles. The only reason i mentioned Sublime was because its pretty much agreed here that their stlye collage didnt work AT ALL. And how can you say that were repackaging it to 'white boys'? Is that even a bad thing? If you are playing styles of music with your friends you love, are you making a conscious effort to exploit it to the masses? See i wasnt really around to see the 'white boys listening' to Oingo Boingo. I only have all this cool music im just discovering now. I dont really care who was listening to it back then. It sounds really fun and creepy and the later stuff is just awesome synth rock pop with the emotional equivilent to say... the best tim burton moments. (Stay, Just another day, We close our eyes = Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands?) X and Los Lobos are so much less colourful then these records. My favorite right now being "Boingo Alive" where they rerecorded a bunch of songs for their 10 year anniversary. Totally rocks! Shit man if you wanna diss OB for their contrabution to the 'Weird Science' soundtrack then can we judge X for their "Wild Thing" cover being the theme to Major League staring Charlie Sheen? I mean what a shit argument.

chaki, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Actually, given the racial divisions heavily prevalent in the 80s in LA, it only makes Oingo Boingo's wholesale appropriation of black music elements that much more offensive - nothing like getting white racist UCLA party animals to listen to black music without actually having to think about or deal with black people...
Im a latino and i play in a funk band. We have no black people in our band. Should i be 'thinking' about black people while im on stage? Should i be singing about black people so the audience 'will have to deal' with it? What the fuck are you saying? You're backwards man.

chaki, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"If you are playing styles of music with your friends you love, are you making a conscious effort to exploit it to the masses? "

This gets into the motivations of the artists themselves, and while I can't say that I have any real insight into Danny Elfman as a person, I can categorically say that this was a very *commercial band* - on a major label, trying very hard to make hits, with no punk DIY ethic or background whatsoever, so I think it's safe to say that yes, they were probably making a conscious effort to "exploit it to the masses". It sure looked that way at the time.

As for Weird Science - hey, I didn't hear the X cover practically *every fucking day* of my junior high-high school existence, so yes, I can hold it against OB simply on the basis of it being over- exposure of a band I already didn't like. Whereas with X, that admittedly ill-advised soundtrack move was pretty "under the radar" and followed on the heels of years and years of productive, interesting, provocative music. It's not rocket science to easily see that X was the real deal (ie, a grassroots punk band) and Oingo Boingo were a bunch of major label shills. Unless Elfman has some musical background (outside of being a "band geek") that I'm not aware of.

And you're right, I should've mentioned Fishbone at least, but it was YOU who said that "NO ONE ELSE WAS DOING IT", so what's your point?

Shaky Mo Collier, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Um, I hate them too. Maybe one of my least-favorite bands of all time. Grating, grating, grating. Lousy, annoying vocals. I still like Chaki though. :)

Sean, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I can categorically say that this was a very *commercial band* - on a major label, trying very hard to make hits, with no punk DIY ethic or background whatsoever

met in high school and formed as a acting troupe. arranged, produced, wrote everything. made thier own films. produced and marketed their own demos. got themselves on 'the gong show' ! sean i need your mailing address again please! my inbox dissapeared!

chaki, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Im a latino and i play in a funk band. We have no black people in our band. Should i be 'thinking' about black people while im on stage?"

Hey, play whatever you want, I *love* funk. But a band should be conscious of where their music comes from, who's listening to it, and how it's being reacted to. You could think about what's for dinner while you're playing, I don't care. But Oingo Boingo presented their genres-in-a-blender crap like it came out of the head of some nerdy office worker. They watered the shit down to make it palatable for a basically more close-minded and lamer audience. Their music didn't have the political or social context that's inherent in a lot of ska and reggae. Or haven't you ever heard "Police and Thieves" or "Mister Brown"?

"Should i be singing about black people so the audience 'will have to deal' with it?"

Uhm, surely you must be aware of the vast amount of funk music that DOES sing about black people, or at the very least about race relations? Don't make me break out a list of songs here... assuming you're writing your own material, you're singing about whatever you want and that's cool, all well and good! But to imply that racial consciousness is not part of funk music is just a denial of the music's history.

Shaky Mo Collier, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i am stabbing my own face right now

chaki, Friday, 17 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Shaky Mo, your job is done here.

paul, Saturday, 18 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Still, I have to give them props for the terrific anti-Robert Hilburn song "The Imposter". Plus they were on the Gong Show and won. Other than that, the only thing you can fault them for is wanting to be successful.

Chris Barrus, Saturday, 18 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

However have I not heard about this anti-Hilburn rant? I have a new theme song.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 18 May 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
just wanted to say i awoke today with emails from rabid oingo boingo fans demanding my head.

maybe it's a dead man's party.... (groan)

gygax!, Monday, 6 January 2003 17:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

is that what those were? I got some too but I didn't read them...

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 6 January 2003 17:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

On the other hand, Oingo Boingo made "Insects." So, classic.

David Allen, Monday, 6 January 2003 18:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't understand the "Dead Man's Party" worship when Oingo Boingo were clearly all about "Nothing Bad Ever Happens" and "Only A Lad".

I also take issue with the idea that appropriating a particular sound means that you must also appropriate the associated ideology if you want to create anything worthwhile (which seems to be what Shakey Mo is saying).

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 6 January 2003 18:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I dunno if you need to appropriate it so much as just be aware of and reactive to it...? I don't think Oingo Boingo's "appropriation" of ska sans ideology was really done in a very smart or interesting way. It WAS done in a kind of smarmy, whitewashed, "aren't we clever" way, which really irritates me.

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 6 January 2003 19:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oingo Boingo were my favorite band for about three years in the mid-80s, when I was in junior high and high school in SoCal. I think there are a lot worse bands that someone could have had for their favorite band at that age. I didn't have much patience for political lyrics in those days, but I couldn't get enough of songs about death, insanity, antisocial deviants and such. My brother and I were in about the 10th row of a show they did in Fresno (must have been, oh, about 1987) and let me tell you, we were in awe.

o. nate (onate), Monday, 6 January 2003 19:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

omg i saw them on the last halloween tour is was so fab

chaki (chaki), Monday, 6 January 2003 21:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I see a lot of people projecting their own sniveling issues >>in SoCal around the same time (I grew up there and departed - good riddance! - in '91)<< onto someone else’s work. If the only songs you can offer a critique of are the late 80's pop-radio ones that a radio station endlessly shoved up everyone’s tail, you have little listening experience to speak from. Get out and buy an album before you shoot your keyboard off.
Shakey Mo, do you write or participate in the production of music yourself? If so, do you spend long hours mulling the ramifications of how your influences will be interpreted and your obligations to your musical forefathers? Do you agonize endlessly over the ethnic makeup of your bandmates, hiring and firing using equal opportunity guidelines? If you do, you are as full of shite as your opinion. If you don’t play, get off the whole "appropriation sans ideology” trip, as it marks you instantly. Wannabes are more interested in discussing historical context and interpretation than whether a song rocked or not.

My band is made up of guys I met who could play. I guess since we are all white we’d better not try to “appropriate” any musical style other than Baroque, but golly willikers, we just really like that black rock and roll music! We write what makes us happy and use our producer to help us get rid of the crap. (And it ain’t Henry-diarrhea-of–the-opinions-Rollins, by the way.) Our stuff doesn’t sound to me like Oingo Boingo, but if it accidentally should to anyone else, well heaven help civilization: it’s because we have an album of theirs (we also have a Fishbone, a couple of XTC and a Rollins or two. Whoopie crap).

If Oingo Boingo doesn’t move you, well power to ya, brother! Offer me something besides comparison to bands who came along after Oingo Boingo started playing (1975) or a reason beyond the fact that California radio sucks (everybody knows that, anyway).

As far as Elfman and Bartek’s work being derivative, Angelo of Fishbone has been quoted as saying that Oingo Boingo was a large influence.

Jackson Stinkhammer, Saturday, 24 April 2004 22:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Pretty much the best music possible would combine black music with baroque and fretless bass.

Only a Lad = Classic

Patrick South (Patrick South), Saturday, 24 April 2004 22:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've almost come to blows with people (invariably Californians) who tend to make more of Oingo Boingo than is warranted. Once again, they were a fine little band, but they're nothing compared to Devo and XTC.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 24 April 2004 23:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm from the Valley. They were hidously awful.

Ian in Brooklyn, Sunday, 25 April 2004 02:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Um, I liked the "Forbidden Zone" soundtrack, but I liked the movie more. Otherwise, I'm pretty much with Alex's last statement there.
(even though, I don't mind "Gratitude" or "Weird Science" as individual songs.. just for 80s goofiness)

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 25 April 2004 02:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There was a song I really liked a lot by them once. I'm not sure the name of it now, but it was on their '87 album "Boi-ngo". I bought the album, but didn't like any of it except that song. For me they were a hard band to cozy up to, just a little too strange and all over the place. XTC were quirky, but they had pretty well-defined tunes, too.

bimble (bimble), Sunday, 25 April 2004 03:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Elfmans spent a lot of his life growing up in Africa, living there. I doubt Danny would imitate the style to prove how much of a black-wannabe he could be.

Oingo Boingo wasn't around for me growing up. I was of the Nightmare Before Christmas generation. I was brought up knowing of him only as a composer. When I discovered that he was in a band, AND recognised 'Weird Science' from some short-lived T.V. show when I was a kid, I threw myself so far into Boingo-dom that I still haven't pulled myself out of it. Compared with the rubbish that's out today (pop-wise, especially), I gladly look back on Boingo and marvel at their difference. For what they are, they're certainly quite talented. The instruments they incorporate, and the style is just so original. Especially for me, not having lived the life back then.

And I live in Australia, too. I hear very, very little about them here.

slant, Wednesday, 28 April 2004 10:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Um, I liked the "Forbidden Zone" soundtrack

Heads up for LA folks... As part of their Friday @ midnight film series, the Nuart is showing Forbidden Zone this Friday with at least one Elfman present for a discussion afterward.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 28 April 2004 20:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

what the - some googler asked me a question?!? Didn't see that until now...

Uhm, yes I do "write or participate in the production of music" myself. I do indeed agonize over where the music I make fits into the larger fabric of music history, probably to an unnecessary degree (but then I think being obsessively neurotic is key to making any good art). My band is composed similarly in that it's made up of people I know who could play and wanted to play and share similar interests/influences as me. The ethnic make-up of the band is largely inconsequential... but an essential point of mine is being confused here, which is about the MUSIC itself and not the musicians. Ska, funk, reggae - these genres have an explicit socio-political component, they come from a specific time and place and that is reflected in the music itself. One (among many) of the things that annoys me about Boingo is that they reappropriate this stuff, strip it of its socio-political context, mix it with new wave Thomas Dolby keyboards and present it like its some sort of genius hybrid. It just comes out sounding really empty to me. If I want to hear good ska I can just go get the Skatalites - or hell, even the British Two-Tone bands did it better (the Specials et al). Boingo took this music, tore it out of context, and added nothing as far as I can tell. They don't do anything that other people don't do better. XTC and Devo have them beat hands down in terms of new wave songwriting, and there are tons of better ska bands - hell, even Madness did the pop-ska thing with more panache (and RESPECT, look they're named after Prince Buster etc...)

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 28 April 2004 20:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Nothing Bad Ever Happens" is a genius hybrid, though.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 28 April 2004 20:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
I saw "Forbidden Zone" for the first time on Saturday. My opinion: WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE???! The music is ace, the visuals, costumes etc are cool. It's a unique, original surrealist musical fantasy and I loved it. That's all.

everything, Monday, 18 April 2005 18:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

True. Black people did invent politics

HAHAHAHAHA (Those are children's laughs) (We've run out), Monday, 18 April 2005 19:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
CLASSIC CLASSIC CLASSIC CLASSIC

chaki (chaki), Saturday, 12 August 2006 19:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

WORST BAND EVER

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 12 August 2006 19:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Saturday, 12 August 2006 19:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"This is your Woodstock and it's long overdue."

http://www.usfestivals.com/performers/oingoboingo/oingoboingo.jpg

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 12 August 2006 19:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

wow they were so awesome. find AINT THIS THE LIFE from Urgh! A Music War!

chaki (chaki), Saturday, 12 August 2006 19:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

so classic

fuck a shakey mo

gygax i am close to forgiving you

cousin larry bundgee (bundgee), Saturday, 12 August 2006 19:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

gygax! + Shakey Mo + Tim Ellison = ALWAYS OTM

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 12 August 2006 19:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

dude. look how small steve and dannys amps are. that rules.

chaki (chaki), Saturday, 12 August 2006 20:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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cousin larry bundgee (bundgee), Saturday, 12 August 2006 20:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

someone's projecting

cousin larry bundgee (bundgee), Saturday, 12 August 2006 20:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's probably just that certain songs are so incredibly annoying. Looking at all the videos on youtube, I would say that I kinda like "Just Another Day," "Stay," "Private Life," etc.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 12 August 2006 20:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

STAY IS A PERFECT SONG.

chaki (chaki), Saturday, 12 August 2006 20:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Little Girls 3:44 Oingo Boingo only a lad 1 9 8/1/06 10:27 PM
Same Man I Was Before 3:24 Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party 8 11 7/23/06 9:16 PM 1
Nothing Bad Ever Happens 3:43 Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul 7 of 11 5 7/23/06 9:01 PM
Just Another Day 5:12 Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party 1 5 8/1/06 10:31 PM 1 of 1
Home Again 5:14 Oingo Boingo Boi-Ngo 1 6 8/1/06 10:35 PM 1
Weird Science 6:08 Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party 9 5 8/1/06 10:36 PM 1
Flesh N' Blood 4:17 Oingo Boingo Ghostbusters 2 Soundtrack 7 4 7/23/06 9:31 PM
Running On A Treadmill 3:21 Oingo Boingo Nothing To Fear 5 of 10 7 8/1/06 10:38 PM 1 of 1
My Life 4:36 Oingo Boingo Boi-Ngo 7 6 8/1/06 10:38 PM 1
Not My Slave 4:43 Oingo Boingo Boi-Ngo 6 4 7/23/06 9:44 PM 1
Good For Your Soul 3:16 Oingo Boingo Good For Your Soul 2 of 11 8 7/23/06 9:39 PM
Stay 3:37 Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party 5 3 8/1/06 10:39 PM 1
Dead Man's Party 6:21 Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party 2 8 8/1/06 10:40 PM 1
Heard Somebody Cry 4:40 Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party 3 9 8/1/06 10:41 PM 1
Private Life 3:18 Oingo Boingo Nothing To Fear 3 of 10 5 7/23/06 9:47 PM 1 of 1
Fool's Paradise 4:34 Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party 6 6 7/23/06 5:41 PM 1
Goodbye, Goodbye 3:54 Oingo Boingo Fast Times at Ridgemont High 19 6 7/16/06 8:34 PM

cousin larry bundgee (bundgee), Saturday, 12 August 2006 20:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I will be the guy repping for a bands lesser album and say I just listened to "Dead Man's Party" for the first time in ages and it's still super fun. Cheesy, somewhat overproduced, not as good as the previous 2 albums - all true. But still lots of fun.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 29 August 2009 21:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's all true- but the next one "Boi-ngo" was a major drop in quality.

o. nate, Tuesday, 1 September 2009 18:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

Y'all probably saw this before but it's pretty cool. Oingo Boingo when they were on the Gong Show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTRd1a5MVMw

everything, Tuesday, 1 September 2009 19:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Anyone know much about the "Forbidden Boingo" rarities bootlegs floating around?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 13 April 2012 03:23 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Never heard them before then put on "Insanity" from their farewell tour, not expecting much. Fucking wow amazing.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:27 (five months ago) Permalink

this is my fav band of all time

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:35 (five months ago) Permalink

btw William Winant plays percussion on Insanity. He collabs with Zorn often and is Mr. Bungle member. He's one of the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo from the 70s! Boingo has a ton of cool avant garde connections. Sluggo on sax played with Annette Peacock and Steve Bartek plays on all the Beautiful Records albums from the 70s.

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:38 (five months ago) Permalink

I mean Lovely Music, not Beautiful Records, lol. Bartek is on Blue Gene Tyranny's Out of the Blue on bass! Also the Peter Gordon stuff, etc.

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Weirdest thing. For years I had this strange song stuck in my head but I just could not place it. All I knew is that I had heard it again some time in the past few years, but mostly recognized it from when I was a kid. I thought it was vaguely ... like, baroque/gothic eastern European pop or something, with fiddles and this bouncy bass line. So there I was, watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 several months back, for the first time since I was maybe 15, and - ta dah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CZCKP-H4C8

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Also, had my mind sort of blown learning that Danny Elfman and Kim Gordon were a couple back in her California days.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:50 (five months ago) Permalink

that's a siqq scene in TCM2

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:51 (five months ago) Permalink

btw the original members - sans Danny - still play as the Oingo Boingo Dance Party. Vatos, Bartek, Avila, Sluggo and Carl Graves. I'm opening up for them on May 12th at The Whiskey!

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:52 (five months ago) Permalink


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