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Heavier, funkier, and more focused than its predecessor, Oingo Boingo’s 1982 effort Nothing to Fear is regarded by many fans as the band's best album. The three leadoffs cuts—“Grey Matter,” “Insects,” and “Private Life”—show that Boingo was arguably the most danceable of all the new wave groups. It took the nuance of Talking Heads and the swift timing of The Police and made things bigger, wackier, and more colorful. When Danny Elfman sings about “Reptiles and samurai/Inhabit my head/Invading my dreams/Sleeping in my bed,” he could as easily be talking about his unconventional musical notions. Despite Elfman’s comical vocal style and the presence of unorthodox instruments like marimbas, the songs keep the driving momentum and sweat-infused joy of a juke-joint dance party. Without a doubt, Boingo’s secret weapon was its horn section; even in the wackiest songs, it lends the band a little bit of down-home, Otis Redding–style soul.

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The first time I'd ever heard of Oingo Bongo was "Insects", I thought who or what is this? My ears are in love with this group. I own every LP and CD of O.B. and I never tire listening to them.All of there albums are unique.

Not their best, but still amazing

More electronic than Only a Lad, Nothing to Fear contains numerous hits (Tracks 1-4 and 6&7), but a more matured sound is available of just about all of these on Boingo Alive.

Great 80's music

Known for Dead Man's Party and Only A Lad, Boingo shines in their own right on this album. I would presume this album sits better for most Boingo fans, than it would for listeners new to the band. This album, like many Boingo albums, can be appreciated as back-ground music, but is amazing when scrutinized. The song-writing is intricate and unique, unlike any of their peers, I believe. Why'd We Come is a great song, and Insects is a wonderful departure from Boingo's music so far. Running On A Treadmill is something you need to appreciate with some substance assistance, which is seemingly how the song was written. Personnally, Private Life is one of my favorites, though I like the version on the Alive album. Enjoyable by anyone with a taste for 80's. It is worth its price.


Formed: 1977 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Although Oingo Boingo was often compared to Devo throughout their career (due to both bands' affinity for quirky new wave, goofy stage acts, and most obviously, peculiar yet intriguing band names), Oingo Boingo never obtained the mainstream success that Devo did. But the band did manage to obtain a large and devoted fan base, especially in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA. Oingo Boingo started not as a traditional group per se, as they were originally put together in the '70s by movie director Richard...
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