So Oingo Boingo’s music was familiar to me by the time I started getting into them, which was probably mid-80’s. I recall buying the cassettes for Good for Your Soul and Nothing to Fear, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t know songs off either album when I bought them.
I think the first album was mostly Elfman writing the lyrics from the points of view of a lot of characters. The character in “Little Girls” by Oingo Boingo is pretty deplorable, but he’s certainly not the same person who sings “Capitalism” later on that same album. After that, though, I think Elfman is more explicit in what he’s trying to tell us – listen to “Grey Matter,” “Wake Up (It’s 1984),” or “Little Guns.” Dead Man’s Party has its share of fanciful tales – “Dead Man’s Party” & “Weird Science.” Definitely my favorite cover art of their records – I have a thing for Día de los Muertos.
And then Oingo Boingo were no more.
Where URGH! They Now?
Last ThURGHsday! – Chelsea, “I’m On Fire”