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  • Audio CD (1 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000002GC5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Little Girls
  2. Perfect System
  3. On The Outside
  4. Capitalism
  5. You Really Got Me
  6. Only A Lad
  7. What You See
  8. Controller
  9. Imposter
  10. Nasty Habits

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Format: Audio CD
That's right, before being a Hollywood soundtrack composer, Danny Elfman fronted and wrote the songs for an offbeat pop band. I found this by accident in a record store in London, and since then it's my new favourite album.
Obviously you have to hear it to understand, but there are elements of bands like XTC, Devo and Talking Heads in their lunatic brand of pop. The energy levels are so high, and Elfman sings with such unhinged commitment, I just can't help loving every minute of it.
This is Oingo Boingo's first full-length studio album from 1981, and it has that edge that only angry young men can project. Lots of intricate horn and rhythm arrangements make for a really diverse 38 minutes listening.
Buy it now, that's an order!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Do I Start? 7 Mar. 2006
By Casey Germane - Published on
Format: Audio CD
How do I even start? This is one of Oingo Boingo's best. It's classic!

The layering of instruments is really awesome. What You See has so many turns it takes a while to get sick of it.

The lyrics are really clever...I'm assuming Danny Elfman wrote them. They're dripping with sarcasm, dry comments on people in our society...awesome! It takes a real genius to turn a subject like pedophiles into a song that makes you smile and tap your foot.

Speaking of pedophiles, "Little Girls" deserves its own paragraphs. It opens up the album. The first time I heard this song I was like, "this is so awful!". The lyrics were just so...yikes. But at the same time I was having way too much fun listening to it. After awhile you begin to think, "how can you NOT love this song?".

Finally, Danny Elfman is unbelievably fun to listen to. He just might be my favorite singer. The vocals in "What You See" are fantastic. His voice can go from sounding tender to demonic in a few seconds, and he's so expressive.

I think I've listened to nothing but Oingo Boingo for about two weeks now. This CD is a complete earworm! It wriggles into your skull and camps out. Don't worry, you won't mind at all! It's nasty, it's controversial, it's funny, it's a good time!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Oingo Boingo 25 Oct. 2000
By Water Monkey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the hallmark albums of the "New Wave" era. With this recording OB jumped onto the music scene with a mix of upbeat high energy ska-punk music and brooding lyrics about middle class S. California life.
This is one of my favorite OB recordings. This CD marked the beginning of Danny Elfman's best writing.
If you want to know what true OB sounds like, this is one of the albums to own (along with "Nothing To Fear" and "Good for Your Soul").
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Boingo 8 Mar. 2000
By Sean O'Neill - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album captures the early sound of Oingo Boingo, with all of their quirkiness and unusual instruments. You get some top hits like, 'Only a Lad' and 'Little Girls', but they also have some great grooves like, 'Perfect System' and 'On the Outside'. The lyrics on 'Capitalism' are spectacular as well.
You may know Danny Elfman from his movie scores, but this is where it all started. Oingo's greatest hits contains some of these songs, but this album is still worth owning for the lesser-known gems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANCE! 15 Oct. 2005
By A. F. Rigum - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My very first impressions of Oingo Boingo came from songs like "Little Girls," "Only a Lad," and especially "Nasty Habits." I think this album, however, is one you have to be in the mood for to really appreciate. Usually Danny Elfman's music can put me in the mood, but this one is very much a single style, which is very 50s rock sounding, albeit new wave 80s at the same time. I think "Perfect System" (Track 2) is one of the most overlooked of Boingo's stuff that ought to have more attention. In the same vein is "Controller," both based on sort of crazy political ideas - reeks of "Manchurian Candidate" which I wouldn't put past Elfman, as he really likes the literary stuff ("Wake Up (It's 1984)," "No Spill Blood").

No one will forget the opening song, "Little Girls," the absolutely outrageous gleefulness in Elfman's vocals is just a wonderful portrayal (as well as quite sarcastic) of a pedophile. Something that's not a really common topic in music even nowadays. "Nasty Habits," forgetting to put the covers over his head, Elfman quite sarcastically says that "nasty habits I must condone." That song alone is very reminiscent of his vocals for Jack Skellington in "The Nightmare Before Christmas," so if you like that, listen to "Nasty Habits." It will get you in the mood for the pouring out of a world of Elfman.

Many reviews say that the rest of Boingo's material is not nearly as good as "Only a Lad," lacking in the edgy sarcastic lyricism or missing the new wave mark that so many fell in love with. But I think they only got better and better, or at least they changed a lot and just remained good the whole time, I don't know which.

If you like "Only a Lad," I definitely suggest "Nothing to Fear" and "Good For Your Soul" - and check out the rest of Danny's music! He's a genius with flaming red hair and a strange obsession with skeleton artwork.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE 12 Aug. 2000
By Areia - Published on
Format: Audio CD
You will listen to Only a Lad. You will not stop. You will learn to appreciate every song on here, even the ones (or perhaps especially the ones, depending on your tendencies) dripping with libertarian sympathies. You will admit that Danny Elfman is an evil mastermind and trust him when he says "Put your life into my hands/Look around you'll understand". You will like all of the other Boingo albums very much, you will appreciate Danny's soundtracks, but they will never match the hyperkinetic joy of Only a Lad. Submit.
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