Oingo Boingo discographynote
- Only a Lad (1981)
- Nothing to Fear (1982)
- Good for Your Soul (1983)
- So-Lo note (1984)
- Dead Man's Party (1985)
- Boi-Ngo (1987)
- Dark at the End of the Tunnel (1990)
- Boingo note (1994)
the music of Oingo Boingo provides examples of:
- Big Brother Is Watching: "Perfect System", “Wake Up (It's 1984)”, "Grey Matter", “Controller” and "Burn Me Up". "Marching In Time" may count as well.
- Black Comedy: "No One Lives Forever"
- Breakup Song: "Goodbye Goodbye", "Better Luck Next Time", and "Can't See (Useless)".
- Bystander Syndrome: “Nothing Bad Ever Happens To Me”
- Concept Video: The music videos for "Little Girls", "Private Life", "Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me" and "Gratitude".
- Conspiracy Theorist: The narrator of “Controller”. "Perfect System" might count.
- Cover Version: "You Really Got Me", "I Am The Walrus" and "Violent Love"note .
- And as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, they covered "St. James Infirmary Blues".
- Crapsack World: A distressingly large number of their songs seem to be about (with apologies to Iron Maiden) the evil that men do. Murder, statutory rape, and mindless mischief are all on hand in abundance, along with plenty of paranoia and apocalyptic imagery. And the most horrifying part? It's all served up in the form of infectiously catchy Latin/Caribbean-styled pop-rock!
- Creepy Children Singing / Kids Rock: In the chorus of "Insanity".
- Dark Is Not Evil: “Dead Man’s Party” and many other songs.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: “Nasty Habits”, “Good For Your Soul" and "Burn Me Up”.
- The Dead Can Dance: “Dead Man’s Party”
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Again, "Dead Man’s Party”.
- Dystopia: “Perfect System”
- Elevator Going Down: "Elevator Man". It doesn't end well.
- Epic Rocking: Much their final studio album Boingo. Four songs exceed 7 minutes: "Insanity", "Hey!", "Pedestrian Wolves" and "Change" (with "Change" clocking in at just under 16 minutes). Even including the 37-second doggerel track "Tender Lumplings" in the mix, the 12 songs on the album average over 6 minutes each.
- Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Change" glides to a comfortable ending after 15 minutes, only to return for the final verse and chorus.
- Foreshadowing: The marimba lead break on "No One Lives Forever" sounds like a test run for Elfman's score for Beetlejuice (three years before the fact).
- Filk Song: "No Spill Blood" is one for The Island of Doctor Moreau.
- Fish out of Water: "On The Outside."
- For Science!: “Weird Science”
- Fractured Fairy Tale: "Cinderella Undercover"
- The Gong Show: Here they are in a 1976 appearance.
- Harsh Vocals
- Hellevator: "Elevator Man"...possibly.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: In "Private Life".This is my private life, come and get me out of here
- Intercourse with You: "Wild Sex (In the Working Class)", "Violent Love", "Elevator Man" and "Elementary Physics".
- Karma Houdini: Johnny in "Only A Lad" gets away with arson, theft, assault, and vehicular manslaughter because the judge believes it's society's fault he's such a psychopath. However, the narrator predicts - or at least hopes - that Johnny will be going to Hell when he dies.
- Loners Are Freaks: Played with in "On The Outside": the narrator thinks himself a weirdo for not fitting into certain social norms and is laughed at for trying, but the last verse indicates that he'd rather be a weirdo than a slave to trends.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Lots; “Controller” and "Little Girls" spring to mind, and especially “Tender Lumplings”.
- Mad Scientist: The narrator of “Weird Science”.
- Melismatic Vocals
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Typically between 4 and 8. Expect lots of Black Humor and Nightmare Fuel.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually between 3 and 6, though much of Dark at the End of the Tunnel is at 2.
- Motor Mouth: Danny in "Goodbye Goodbye":You're always puttin' the make on my friends always giving them eyes and the dirty lies 'bout me and you well I'm through it's the end of the line for you babe here's a ticket one way Cincinnati I'm sendin' you home to your ma and your daddy so don't try to call me you'll only be wastin' your tiiiime! note
- New Sound Album: So-Lo (slower and synth-ier) and Boingo (alt rock).
- New Wave
- Nightmare Fetishist: The narrator of "Pedestrian Wolves":I'm so excited about the prospectsOf meeting with a stranger in an alleyI'm so excited, I hope they're roughI hope their skin is tough like Spanish leather
- Obligatory Bondage Song: "Nasty Habits"
- Officially Shortened Title: They were originally The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, then Oingo Boingo, and finally just Boingo. (They went back to Oingo Boingo for their farewell concert.)
- One Woman Song: "Louise" and "Mary".
- Performance Video: "Dead Man's Party" is the most straightforward example. "Private Life", "Stay" and "Weird Science" combine this with Concept Video, while "Just Another Day" shows the band onstage but has some odd touches.
- Precision F-Strike: In "Capitalism" and "Helpless".
- Raised by Wolves: “Pedestrian Wolves”Raised by pedestrian wolves, out in the forestRaised by suburban lions, out in the jungle
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Insanity" and so many others. "Whole Day Off", "Insects", "I'm Afraid", "Just Another Day", "Mama", "Something Isn't Right", "Did It There" and "Helpless" readily come to mind.
- Shout-Out: "Wake Up (It's 1984)", for obvious reasons.
- “No Spill Blood” is one long shout-out to The Island of Doctor Moreau.
- Single Stanza Song: "Tender Lumplings"
- The Sixties: Both "Just Another Day" and "Dead Man's Party" evoke this - "Just Another Day" with its psychedelic imagery and wailing synthesizer, and "Dead Man's Party" with its surf-rock guitar and a pre-climactic bridge that is eerily reminiscent of "Light My Fire".
- Skeletal Musician: The cover art of "Dead Man's Party" features a skeletal mariachi band.
- Slasher Smile: Danny in most of their music videos.
- If it's not this, it's the Kubrick Stare.
- Society Is to Blame: Mocked in “Only A Lad”:It’s not his fault that he can’t behaveSociety’s made him go astrayPerhaps if we’re nice he’ll go away!
- Stalker with a Crush: "Insanity" and "Something Isn't Right"
- Subliminal Seduction: "Cry of the Vatos" which features heavy drums, frantic screaming, and full-volume backmasked lyrics... which when played in reverse, says things like "Accept Jesus into your heart and you will be saved. You will receive everlasting life."
- Take That, Critics!: "Imposter", written after a scathing review the band got in 1981.You're just a critic, we know why you drink so muchJealousy slowly consuming your gut
- Take That
You're just a middle class socialist brat
- The song "Capitalism" is a Take That inspired by the left-leaning Punk Rock bands at the time.note It includes the immortal tirade:
From a suburban family and you never really had to work
And you tell me that you've got to get back
To the struggling masses, whoever they are
You talk, talk, talk about the suffering and pain
Your mouth is bigger than your entire brain
What the hell do you know about suffering and pain, ya dumbfuck?
Let's talk of family values while we sit and watch the slaughter
- Conversely, "Insanity" is a Take That towards the Christian Right:
Hypothetical abortions on imaginary daughters
The white folks think they're at the top, ask any proud white male
A million years of evolution; we get Danny Quayle
- Video Full Of Film Clips: The videos for "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science".
- Word Salad Horror / Word Salad Lyrics:: "Just Another Day", "Whole Day Off", and "Dead or Alive", among others.