02 June, 2010

Little Girls - Oingo Boingo

Redheads were abandoned for a post but now they're back and with a really good one, too.  It's about time the males stood up and represented and who better to do that than Danny Elfman?

I first heard the Mystic Nights of the Oingo Boingo while away on a church youth group excursion.  I was the only person who'd gone and Dave, the youth leader at the time, had the Dr. Demento show on the radio while we were driving home.  I always thought of Dave as mild mannered and kind of boring, but really, I should have realized anyone who listens to Dr. Demento can't be all bad.

So here I was, this good little Christian girl...

{{Please, a moment of silence for the wholesome Christian girl I once was}}


{{moment of silence}}


Okay, thank you.  As I was saying, I was pure of heart and ears (I listened to Amy Grant for Christ's sake - literally) so when Dr. Demento (how I loved that show - Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads) started playing this weird band with an even weirder name, I was all "huh?".  Oddly enough, though, I didn't find the music repellent - just really, really weird.  I may have mentioned that already.

Then years later on there came the era of the first of the band's shortened names.  Only a Lad had HEAVY rotation on one of the local radio stations 'round these parts, KROQ 106.7, and Little Girls was one of the bigger songs off of that album.  It's fun and catchy and oh so deliciously disturbing.

They don't ask me questions
They don't want to scold me
They don't look for answers
They just want to hold me
Isn't this fun
Isn't this what life's all about
Isn't this a dream come true
Isn't this a nightmare too

This song is wrong on so many levels but it's the perfect example of Oingo Boingo during the early part of their career.  In order to fully enjoy it, though, you have to realize that taking life too seriously is not a good thing.  That said, I do not condone pedophilia nor do I think that Oingo Boingo does either.

Obviously Danny Elfman has some serious dementedness going on in his amazingly talented brain.  My favorite song of Oingo Boingo's is actually Just Another Day off of Dead Man's Party but Little Girls is too perfect an example of their dark brilliance.

1 comment:

  1. Was at the very last concert they did, man was it good. He was twisted in a good way for sure. Thanks for the reminder and the need for some Dead Man's Party.