While other cities in our once-great nation can claim their own proud contributions to our culture, only Los Angeles can point at some of the greatest musical acts of all time and say, “Yeah, those are my boys and girls there.”
The Doors, X, and Guns and Roses are a few that are frequently featured in specials on VH1 Classic, but one of our most magnificent treasures, and one of my favorite bands of all time rarely gets even a mention: Oingo Boingo.
For those of us who went to the Halloween concerts every year, stood in line to buy Boingo Alive when it came out — on cassette — and were into Danny Elfman when he went So-Lo, I present this bit of magic nostalgia: The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, performing on the Gong Show, in 1976.
While it may be beneath them to impress the likes of Buddy Hackett, Shari Lewis, and Bill Bixby now, my sources inform me that, back in the day, these people were the arbiters of taste on television. Which explains a lot about the Battle of the Network Stars.