Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"Just Another Day" by Oingo Boingo

Song#:  2594
Date:  01/25/1986
Debut:  90
Peak:  85
Weeks:  4
Genre:  New Wave

Pop Bits:  This band's theme song to the quirky film Weird Science got them their first Pop chart entry. The song made it to #45 and helped to set up their next studio album Dead Man's Party. This next track was selected to be the follow-up single. Unfortunately, it didn't make as much of an impact and the song fell off the chart after a month. It would end up being the band's final song to reach the Pop chart. They would release three more albums before calling it a day in 1995.

ReduxReview:  Oingo Boingo were not necessarily the most commercial-leaning band so it was going to be difficult to follow up the goofy fun of "Weird Science." This track wasn't a bad choice. It had a Duran Duran-meets-U2 kind of vibe with a nicely dense production. However, "Weird" kind of set a tone for the band and this tune was shades more serious. I don't think it was what listeners expected or wanted to hear. They might have been better off to issue out "Dead Man's Party" instead. It was a bit more playful and might have done better. It was issued as the third single, but by then it was just too late.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  We've often heard "but their big in Japan." But big in Brazil? Oingo Boingo got a significant career boost there thanks to a TV show using one of their songs. The bummer about it was that it came a few years after the band broke up. Following the release of their 1988 album Boingo Alive, a track from the LP got picked up and used in a Brazilian telenovela Top Model. The live version of "Stay," a song that originally appeared on Dead Man's Party, was used on the show and thanks to the wide exposure, it became a hit in Brazil. Two more songs from the album would also hit the chart. With their popularity booming in that country, the band's label decided to throw together a new compilation for release title Stay. It was only released in Brazil. Unfortunately, with the band not together any longer, they couldn't really capitalize any further on the sudden burst of popularity


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