MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE OINGO BOINGO
I’m cheating with my band of the week, because I’m choosing two bands of the week. One is modern and is constantly touring. They are named VIZA. The other has disbanded with no chance of a reunion as most of the members suffer from hearing lost and have no desire to make it worse with even one more concert. However, in the 80’s I was lucky enough to see this band, Oingo Boingo, live at least a half dozen times.
They had eight members in the band, playing drums, guitars, keyboards, along with a three-piece horn section. Their recordings generate some of the experience of a live show, but after hearing their music you can imagine it live and feel the excitement. I love all their albums, but my favorite and the one that best demonstrates their talents is 1982’s “Nothing to Fear.”
The oud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Arabic, Hebrew/Jewish, Greek, Turkish, Byzantine, North African (Chaabi, Classical, and Andalusian), Somali and Middle Eastern music. It is not very popular in modern American music, be it hip-hop, country, or rock-n-roll. However, it is a featured instrument in the band VIZA.
They have a very diverse group of musicians in their band. Their social backgrounds have a heavy influence of Armenian and Greek. The drummer is Hispanic. They have fused all these styles and experiences to create something real
special and unique. Nobody sound like them. My favorite album is 2010’s “Made in Chernobyl.”
Eleven songs and not one you would want to skip in the bunch. If you only buy one album this year. Please buy this one.
If you already have this album, and want something else to keep your feet moving, then check out old Oingo Boingo. They have a couple of greatest hits compilations. These two bands are all about the FUN! They received equal time in my play lists.