10/17/2013

Weekly Basslines #123: Nasty Habits (Oingo Boingo)

"..and now for something completely different..." 


This Monthy Python quote seems to be the right words to describe the art & music of a group called "Oingo Boingo". Mark from Atlanta requested that and I have to admit that I wasn't very familiar with the music of this band. So here is what Wikipedia says about the band:

"Oingo Boingo /ˈɔɪŋɡ ˈbɔɪŋɡ/ was an American rock band. They are best known for their influence on other musicians, their soundtrack contributions, and their high energy Halloween concerts. The band was founded in 1972 as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, a performance art group. From 1976 it was led by songwriter/vocalist Danny Elfman, who has since achieved success as a composer for film and television.
The group's format changed twice. In 1979, it reshaped from a semi-theatrical music and comedy troupe into a ska-influenced New Wave octet and shortened their name to Oingo Boingo. Towards the end of the 1980s, the band began shifting to a more guitar-oriented alternative rock sound, and away from the use of horns and synthesizers. The band retired after a sold out farewell concert on Halloween 1995."

 The requested song is from the 1981 "Oingo Boingo" debut "Only A Lad":


The transcription of the bassline was quiete a challenge, because the bizarre kind of the music goes a long with unusual chord choices (diminished chords are favoured), lots of unresolved chromatics, changing meters and a rather unpredictable song structure with several different parts. But in the end it was a lot of fun!


Thanks to Mark for the donation and for widening my musical horizon a bit.......