I like this life just the way it is,~ Danny Elfman from, Change on the album ‘Boingo’
And the castles all around me have been melting now for years
And it kills my brain to think of all the time I wasted here:
All the efforts, sweat and broken hearts, the screaming and the tears.
Coherent words fail me, but I’ll try to convey this…
I came of age—cut my teeth so to speak—as Elfman… The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo… Oingo Boingo… and eventually just Boingo… blew the doors off what I thought music could be. Some of their later stuff is on par with Pink Floyd. Your mileage may vary; haters gonna’ hate and all that.
Visions— not memories, but visceral visions— Visions strike me when I listen to this music, (not just Change but a lot of it.) Riding in cars and trucks as a teenager… Going to bicycle races (both to race and to watch)… Lots of hard work with a boom-box or headphones… I once drove fence posts, by hand, around a small field powered by Oingo Boingo… I once saw them perform in a tiny hall, god-only-knows-where, in Manhattan, maybe in ’91 or ’92… I still have an Oingo Boingo shirt from, it might be, 1990?, that was given to me as a gift… I even have the double VHS of their final concert—and I know of noone with a VHS player any more…
Oh, God, here’s that question now! The one that makes me go insane!~ Danny Elfman
I’d gladly tear my heart out if you never change!
Never! Never! Never! Never!
Great music. Great memories.
Who do you want to be today? Who do you want to be?