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YMMV / Oingo Boingo

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  • Awesome Music: Oh so many. "Stay", their cover of "You Really Got Me", "Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me", "Dead Man's Party"... the list goes on.
  • Covered Up: "Violent Love". Even people who know the song don't usually know it was written by Wille Dixon in The '50s.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "Little Girls" crosses the line roughly about 23 times the entire song.
  • Ear Worm: So much. “Little Girls” and the trumpets in “No One Lives Forever” spring to mind. "Dead Man's Party" is also likely to stick in your head like glue, especially the instrumental bridge.
    • "Pedestrian Wolves" in its entirety, from the "Yeah! (Yeah!) Yeah! (Yeah!)" "chorus" to the Epic Riff to this awesome verse:
      "I'm so exciteeeed about the prospects of meeting with a stranger in an alleeeey
      I'm so exciteeeed...
      I hope they're rough, I hope their skin is tough like Spanish leather, yeeeeeeeeeeah!
      Can't wait until their dull, dead eyes meet mine!
      I can't wait until their dull, dead eyes meet mine!"
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  • Face of the Band: The lead singer is one of the most famous film composers of all time. We challenge you to name one other member off the top of your head.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The defenses of the antagonist's actions in "Only a Lad" were later used in the real-life trial of Ethan Couch, a teenager given a rather tame punishment for killing four people in a drunk driving accident after a judge ruled his actions the result of his privileged lifestyle.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Dead Man's Party" takes on a whole new level when you realize/know the lead singer is Jack Skellington's singing voice and Bonejangles.
  • Memetic Mutation: “Little Girls” has become quite popular as a theme for memetic molesters.
  • Squick: Some of the lyrics to "Nasty Habits". Read them here, but make sure you've got plenty of Brain Bleach handy.
  • Tear Jerker: The lyrics of "Private Life", especially the repeated pleas of "Get me out of here!"
    • "Mary". Young woman decides to leave her stultifying family and hometown, sees things out in the wider world that completely change her, and when she comes home to visit... she's rejected as a stranger.


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