Saturday, August 25

Saturday Song: Oingo Boingo

Just Another Day from their farewell concert (when?). A far cry from their Gong Show appearance, but I love it all the same. BTW, we're too old for the mosh pit, my friends.


  1. love the blog... I am glad I stumbled in.
    will be back...

  2. TRIVIA:
    Lead singer Danny Elfman is the composer of the Simpson's theme & many other soundtracks. Jenna Elfman is married to Danny's nephew.

  3. Moshing is a type of dance characterized by audience members aggressively pushing or slamming into each other. It is frequently if not invariably accompanied by stage diving, crowd surfing, and/or headbanging, though incarnations of the dance are specific to music genre, scene, and era.

    Moshing is commonly associated with punk, hardcore, and metal music genres, but has expanded into more popular rock genres as well. Moshing has been described as "one of the most energetic, crazed, communal forms of dancing ever invented." While moshing is occasionally done to recorded music, it is far more prevalent at live shows.

    Today, many variations of moshing exist, such as "thrash", and the dance is practiced at concerts of many musical genres. Moshing is typically done in a mosh pit or circle pit. There is a loosely acknowledged "moshing etiquette", which involves immediately helping up others who fall down and holding up lost articles of clothing (usually shoes, hats or glasses) to be claimed by their owners.

    The band was founded in 1972 as a performance art group called The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo; from 1976 it was led by songwriter/vocalist Danny Elfman, who later achieved substantial renown as a composer for film and television.

    The group's format was changed twice. In 1980, it changed from a semi-theatrical music and comedy troupe into a new-wave octet, and shortened its name to "Oingo Boingo". In 1994, the band reshuffled its lineup, adopted a more modern rock sound and rechristened themselves Boingo. The band retired in 1995, having reverted to the name Oingo Boingo.

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  4. Hi, Blue Gal,

    Oingo Boingo... much of the time they were merely pretty good, but they also had moments of brilliance. I don't think they ever achieved the commercial success they deserved. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to see them live, and I don't think I ever will now that Mr. Elfman can earn much more sitting in his home studio composing film scores.

    Thanks for the blast from the past.

  5. Elfman has ruled out a reunion with the band due to hearing loss he attributes to years of touring. I saw them on a triple bill with the English Beat & the Police at Alpine Valley in Troy, Wisc. in 1982.

  6. This is so cool! I didn't discover the band until 1980, so I never got to see the Mystic Knights. Thanks for the link to their introduction on the gong show.

  7. Anonymous8:06 PM

    Damn! I sat through that whole musical number waiting for Accordion Gurl and she never showed!


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