It's October...and that means OINGO BOINGO!!




That's right, ladies and gentlemen, OINGO BOINGO!! Those of you who are between the ages of 30 and 45 (with the occasional younger soul) should know Oingo Boingo, but if not, let me tell you a little bit about them.

Oingo Boingo is "seasonal" music for me... during that festive season of Halloween! Whether it comes from the themes of their music (Dead Man's Party, When the Lights Go Out, Weird Science, Insects, Nasty Habits, etc.), or the fact that Oingo Boingo, themselves, always treated their hometown California fans to an annual Halloween bash. Their 1995 "Farewell Tour", which featured only a handful of shows, including a Salt Lake performance (they always considered Salt Lake to be their most loyal fanbase, behind the So. California folks), culminated with a Halloween performance at the Universal Amphitheater.

What came as a big shock to me, is that I was conversing with an avid "Nightmare Before Christmas" fan, and he had never heard of Oingo Boingo. I proceeded to tell him that the singing voice of Jack Skellington was performed by Danny Elfman, the famous film score composer. Yes, most people would know THAT name, if not from Oingo Boingo, then from his many popular TV and movie themes, including The Simpsons, Batman (the late 80's/early 90's film series), Desperate Housewives, pretty much ANY Tim Burton movies, and a list that is, in reality, too long to mention.

Now, here is the part that will shock anyone that is not an AVID Oingo Boingo fan! The band originated in the mid 70's, under the moniker "The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo", which included a performance on the one and only (original) GONG SHOW!! Included is a youtube video of that performance. Now, I am not sure, but I believe Danny Elfman is in the horn section. If I am not mistaken, it is his brother that is the ringleader of this particular incarnation... and when I say "ringleader", he's the guy with the space ship blowing smoke all over the band members. You'll know him, when you see him.

Not to spoil things for you, but the band ended up winning this particular episode, claiming the prize of (approximately) $516.32. Great job, lady and gentlemen!!

Anyhow... enjoy this video. And, if you are a tad bit impatient, skip into the video about 2 minutes, and just watch for 60 seconds or so. It'll be well worth your time.


Comments

Kate said…
And don't forget, Danny has procreated with Bridget Fonda! Pretty cool DNA on THAT young'un! Or do they have more than one... I dunno and am too lazy to go look. :-)