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Music / Only A Lad

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Only a lad, you really can't blame him. Only a lad, society made him. Only a lad, he's our responsibility. Oh, oh, oohh oh oh oh!

Only A Lad is the debut album of New-Wave/Ska-Punk band, Oingo Boingo. Released in 1981, the album features a bunch of topics such as living in a Dystopian world (Perfect System), being pro-capitalist (Capitalism) and other topics. It also features a cover of The Kinks "You Really Got Me".


1. "Little Girls" - (3:44)

2. "Perfect System" - (3:46)

3. "On the Outside" - (3:39)

4. "Capitalism" - (3:40)

5. "You Really Got Me" (The Kinks cover) - (4:40)

6. "Only a Lad" - (3:56)

7. "What You See" - (3:43)

8. "Controller" - (3:24)

9. "Imposter" - (2:59)

10. "Nasty Habits" - (4:06)


We're all tropes now, you know...

and later...
There's no reason to wear a frown
  • 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 go to Hell when he dies.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The title track, where it tells a story of a boy named "Johnny" who shoots a lady in the leg, commits arson and murder.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Basically the whole album. (Except for "You Really Got Me")
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Nasty Habits" has this line:
    Do you peek at magazines
    Filled with doggies and leather queens?
  • One-Word Title: "Capitalism", "Controller" and "Imposter".
  • Pyromaniac: Johnny had other interests... HE LIKED TO BURN THINGS!
  • Shout-Out: The cover of the album is a reference to The Boy Scouts Of America Handbook 1960 official handbook, illustrated by Norman Rockwell
  • Society Is to Blame: The reason why Johnny was bad.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Danny Elfman does this alot.
  • Take That, Critics!: "Imposter" is basically this, where it depicts critics as stuck-up and failed artists because they had no talent to begin with.
  • Title Track: "Only A Lad".
  • White Guilt: "Capitalism" is, in part, about this.

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