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June 07, 2007

There's Something Inside Your Head

Ooooh, look. One of my favorite Oingo Boingo songs, "Gray Matter." It encourages people to, you know, think, which is something I always appreciated about Oingo Boingo. Also, how often do you can you rock out to dual xylophones at a rock concert? (Ignore the terrible computer graphics that pop in from time to time.)

I keep wishing these guys would come back for one more tour, although Danny Elfman seems to indicate that this is not going to happen anytime soon. Waaaah. In any event, this song is more relevant than ever. Enjoy.

Posted by john at June 7, 2007 04:44 PM

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Chang, for rizzle. | June 7, 2007 05:08 PM

"Nothing bad ever happens to me" is my favorite song of theirs. Love it. But his dancing in it sucks. Bad 80's white-guy soulless dancing. Of which I did my fair share, mind you.

And thanks for putting Amy Winehouse here because now I can't stop listening to the frigging song. It's got some kind of demonic hold on me.

Justme | June 7, 2007 05:13 PM

I heard an interview with Danny during which he said he feared permanent hearing loss if he played live again. At this point in his career, I would much prefer that he win the Oscar he so richly deserves.

Dennis Pascual | June 7, 2007 05:24 PM

Oingo Boingo Halloween concerts in SoCal, the Palladium was the best of the ones' I've seen... They were awesome... Darn Danny Elfman's successful career writing music for film and TV!

The Police and Genesis (Phil Collins version) are on reunion tour... Perhaps Oingo Boingo will do one too... One can only wish

Nathan | June 7, 2007 05:51 PM

Those things weren't exactly xylophones (not enough octaves worth of keys) and not exactly marimbas (the sharps/flats weren't offset like they are on a piano). One of them had gourd resonators suspended below the bars.

Anyone know what they really are?

Sean | June 7, 2007 06:31 PM

Saying "ignore the terrible computer graphics" is far easier than actually ignoring them. Good song.

Alex S. | June 7, 2007 06:43 PM

Anyone know what they really are?

This page calls it a balafon.

wil | June 7, 2007 07:00 PM

If you liked that, you may enjoy the performance of The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo on the Gong Show from 1976.

Theresa | June 7, 2007 07:07 PM

I love them! Weeeee!

Corby K | June 7, 2007 07:09 PM

This was always a favorite band. I remember playing D&D, listening to Oingo Boingo, and wearing parachute pants.

Hey, I never said I was cool.

I saw them at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Red Hot Chili Peppers opened.

DOSELLE YOUNG | June 7, 2007 07:21 PM

Saw them here in L.A. at The Palladium in the mid-Eighties. My first time slam dancing. Glorious. Too many cool songs to pick from although I do have a weakness for "No Spill Blood" for fairly obvious reasons.


Pat Logan | June 7, 2007 07:26 PM

I've been a fan of Oingo Boingo since they were a club band in LA. I wish they would get back together, but I can understand wanting to do your own thing after being together so long.

Neil Clarke | June 7, 2007 07:33 PM

I miss this band more than any other. They put on a hell of a show when I saw them in NYC for the Boingo Tour. They took requests and kept coming back on stage. Best time I ever had at a concert.

Al Bogdan | June 7, 2007 07:53 PM

Just had a dance off with my two year old daughter to the video... she won. That girl's got moves I tell you! Saw Oingo Boingo in concert in Royal Oak, MI way, way back. Great band. Was also recently at a party where John Skipp had The Forbidden Zone playing on DVD on in one room, so it must just be an Elfman year.

Der Wachtelschlag | June 7, 2007 07:54 PM

I think my favorite Oingo Boingo song is maybe "Capitalism." Though "Grey Matter" isn't bad by any means.

"There's something inside your head...Imagine, imagine..." is now stuck in my head. I have the Boingo Alive Disc 2 version. Maybe I need to procure other versions.

Steve Avilas + Danny Elfman + Melissa Sweeney=kickass music.

The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. My parents saw them in LA.

Rob, who is not Chang | June 7, 2007 08:05 PM

And thanks for putting Amy Winehouse here because now I can't stop listening to the frigging song. It's got some kind of demonic hold on me.

Yeah Chang, same here! I hadn't really heard of her before that, and now I'm obsessed. Now she's everywhere. Great music though. I love the ways she makes "said" into two syllables. thats really the essence of what makes her music good.

Jan Kujawa | June 7, 2007 08:16 PM

I went to their farewell concert on Halloween of 1995. It was the best concert I've ever been to.

TexasPatrick | June 7, 2007 09:34 PM

Got to see them in Dallas. At some point, Danny Elfman asked the crowd "Anything you want to hear?" and someone yelled out something that made him laugh, so he repeated the answer: "Play something old and fast!"

Kristine Smith | June 7, 2007 10:46 PM

"Just Another Day"

My favorite.

JH | June 7, 2007 11:19 PM

I have the live album they made out of this concert. It's about two hours of really good Boingo stuff.

Corby Kennard | June 7, 2007 11:54 PM

Der, that's actually "There's something inside your head ... Grey Matter, Grey Matter ... "

Just hoped that would help the song make more sense, although your interpretation is just as good.

Wickedpinto | June 8, 2007 01:30 AM

No offense but I saw this commercial a couple days ago, and I linked it at my moron somewhat conservative blog. And I have to say, that when I saw the guy, I saw you.

No offense, you are a little short, compared to me, and bald, which is incontrovertable, but Everytime I see that commercial? I see you entertaining your family, with Athena laughing her but off.

I don't mean to blog whore, but I thought you might like it.

Burns! | June 8, 2007 02:52 PM

I was friendly with the Johnnies (Avila and "Vatos" Hernandez) around that time. Their side-project had been playing at Toe's, the bar I was working in then. They invited me out to Vegas to see Boingo play with "X", and that was a great show. Nothing compared to those final shows around Halloween 1995, though. The last show was one of the best I've seen, and I've seen more than a few. As great as it was, though, when they took the final encore and the house lights came up, there was a sadness; a sense of loss. Man, I wish those guys would do another tour.

Deven Desai | June 8, 2007 04:37 PM

So for those wondering what those instruments are, they are not xylophones. They are called rumba-phones. I do not have my LPs around right now but I recall the liner notes indicated that the band created the instruments. For what it is worth the wikipedia entry for Nothing to Fear http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing_to_Fear, the album from which Grey Matter came, offers "The liner notes from Nothing to Fear also state, 'All the boys bang things: Rumba-phones, original instruments designed and built by LEON SCHNEIDERMAN'." Hope that helps.

Patrick | June 8, 2007 08:20 PM

Deven Desai, Deven Desai, every single one of us is Deven Desai

David "The Longtime Lurker" | June 9, 2007 12:39 AM

im in ur conzert stealin ur shirt

sylvia | June 9, 2007 05:12 AM

I remember hearing Wild Sex on a school trip to Catalina and just going, "Wow, what's that? Can I hear more please?" It was so different from anything I had listened to (mainly 60s stuff from my dad's collection) that I still remember it clearly now.

I was obsessed with them throughout my teenage years and finally saw them live at Magic Mountain. Does that get me extra nerd points?

shelly rae | June 9, 2007 08:57 AM

I've seen Oingo Boingo (and the Mystic Knights) in concert a number of times through the years but my favorite show was in Santa Cruz--the opening band was Wall of Voodoo! Now that was a night to remember. Wall of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo, and then, for the encore, Elfman was joined on stage by Ridgeway, yowzer!


John Scalzi | June 9, 2007 09:05 AM

Patrick, you have no idea just how old that is.

Patrick | June 9, 2007 11:22 AM

I know. I can't get it out of my head everytime I see his name now. I blame you.

Patrick | June 9, 2007 12:07 PM

Incidently, do you mean 'old' as in tired, used, no longer funny or 'old' as in that goes back a long way, originally made up in 1986 when the song came out?

John H | June 9, 2007 12:29 PM

"If they say 'Bite the big weenie', don't do it."

Sage advice...

Corby Kennard | June 10, 2007 04:09 AM

Shelly Rae - I wish I'd gotten to see Wall of Voodoo - incidentally, which version, Andy Preiboy, or Stan Ridgeway?

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