12 Days of Seasonal Earworms You Need Right Now (Day 2)

I doubt we’ll get any snow in Houston this year, although that kind of day would have been perfect for a song like this. Ah well. Another year, perhaps.

In the meantime, do enjoy.

Monday Earworm: Oingo Boingo (Because October)

Sometimes I wonder what it must be like inside Danny Elfman’s head.

Happy October. I’m keeping this short because I have papers to grade and report card comments to write.

If you like this song — and this live version is pretty darn good — seek out the album version, which is marvelous and rich and resonant.

Monday Earworm: Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo, fronted by indisputable genius Danny Elfman, is one of the most underrated bands I’ve ever loved. Their sound was — and remains — unique, complex, and yet rooted in its time in the way that only the music we adore in our youth will ever feel. This is one of my favorite tracks off their album Dead Man’s Party, which is de rigeur on our commute playlist every October, along with the soundtrack for The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve included a clip of a live performance here, but if you like it, look for the narrative music video, too, which is also interesting and incredibly easy to find on YouTube.