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Oingo Boingo - Only a Lad


Format: CD
Label: AM
Catalog: 213250
Rel. Date: 10/25/1990
UPC: 075021325029

Only a Lad
Artist: Oingo Boingo
Format: CD
New: In Stock $13.99

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''Only a Lad'' is the full-length debut album by Oingo Boingo, following their self-titled EP. The album's musical arrangements, by vocalist Danny Elfman and guitarist Steve Bartek, complete the group's switch from a cabaret act to a New Wave band (see ''Oingo Boingo - The Mystic Knights Years''). ''Only a Lad'' features complex and frequently changing time signatures and keys, often incorporating harmonies borrowed from jazz and 20-century classical music, all hallmarks of Elfman's songwriting.

The album's success was somewhat limited, but, largely due to the backing of Los Angeles radio station KROQ, the album established Oingo Boingo as a permanent fixture in the Southern California music scene.

The ''National Review Online'' called "Capitalism" one of the "50 greatest conservative rock songs." "Capitalism" featured in the film "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" (2005).

"Only a Lad" is a playable track on the PlayStation 2 video game ''Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s''.

On the cover of the album, if one looks closely at Johnny's (the "Lad's") shirt, one would see the image of the cat drawn by Louis Wain that appeared on the cover of the ''Oingo Boingo EP'' - Wikipedia

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