Song Request Friday: Oingo Boingo

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I know I haven’t updated in a while, I’ve been busy again. Sorry for that. Anyway, today is Song Request Friday again, after a whole week with no posts whatsoever, but here we go.

During the 80s, there was this explosion of a new genre of rock music called New Wave. It was daring, full of unusual elements and with a lot of raw power from its punkish influences. New Wave, in my view, is the the rock genre that absolutely deserves an epic comeback, since it was killed by grunge while it was still an infant.

Many great bands added to the New Wave movement, specially names such as The B52’s, Erasure, Duran Duran, Devo and Talk Talk (God I love them all so much, it’s hard to pick five), but none so much, in my humble opinion, as Oingo Boingo. 

In case you don’t know, Danny Elfman, who is nowadays working writing soundtracks to movies and TV shows such as The Simpsons, used to be the frontman of Oingo Boingo. Can you spot him in that picture above? Anyway, Oingo Boingo brought so much irreverence, strangeness, freshness and creativity to the movement that they are, again in my opinion, the definitive New Wave band.

And no music game would be complete without the “definitive New Wave band”, would it?

So without further ado, here is the list of the necessary Oingo Boingo songs that should be released in the future by Harmonix:

– Little Girls (I’m not sure if the original version or the “Farewell” version)
– Controller (live, “Farewell” concert)
– It Only Makes me Laugh (THIS ONE SHOULD BE A REGULAR LISTEN TO EVERY HUMAN BEING)
– Just Another Day
– Dead Man’s Party
– We Close Our Eyes
– Not My Slave (another MANDATORY one)
– Insects (live, “Farewell” concert)
– Grey Matter (live, “Farewell” concert)
– Nasty Habits (live, “Farewell” concert)

It’s a long list, but believe, it was a pain to choose only 10 songs. Oingo Boingo songs are just so fun to listen to, it’s hard to choose which ones would be the most fun to play. If you ever doubt my suggestion, go and give those songs a listen yourself. Come on, do it. Oingo Boingo KICKS ASS. Period.

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