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Demo EP (Oingo Boingo)

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Demo EP
EP by Oingo Boingo
Released Late 1979
Recorded October 1979
Genre New wave, ska, ska punk
Length 15:46
Producer Michael Boshears (a1mixer), Jo Julian
Oingo Boingo chronology
Forbidden Zone
Demo EP
Oingo Boingo

Demo EP was a self-produced, four-song EP 10 inch vinyl record released by the southern California new wave band Oingo Boingo.[1] It was produced and recorded by Michael Boshears (who also produced and mixed Oingo Boingo's soundtrack album for the film Forbidden Zone and recorded the title track) and Jo Julian ("Only a Lad"), the latter of whom is often credited with Boshears' tracks due to a label credit mistake. This showcase record was intended for distribution to radio stations and recording industry A&R representatives in an attempt to help land the band a major label recording contract.[2]

The effort paid off as the Oingo Boingo Demo EP caught the attention of I.R.S. Records and a slightly altered version was reissued by the label in 1980 as the band's first official public release, the Oingo Boingo EP, which was also in the 10" vinyl format and later released as a 12" version as well. The songs "Only a Lad" and "I'm So Bad" on the Oingo Boingo EP were the same versions from the Demo EP. "Ain't This the Life" appeared as-is on the 10" version, while an updated recording of the song was substituted on the 12" version. "Forbidden Zone" was replaced on the Oingo Boingo EP with the band's version of bluesman Willie Dixon's song "Violent Love." "Forbidden Zone" has never been reissued anywhere else, although a vastly truncated version appears on the soundtrack for the film of the same name.

Production of the Demo EP was limited to a total of 130 copies. Each cover was hand painted, initialed and numbered by the band and producer. Artists Charles Unkeless and Sean P. Riley created an airbrush and paint spritzing method, resulting in unique, different designs and colorful schemes for each copy, with the band, producer and friends doing the actual paintings. The Demo EP also included a lyric sheet with artwork of three dinosaurs wearing contemporary attire and a header which read "Modern Music For Modern Reptiles."[3] Also notable was the humorous and memorable quip at the bottom of the lyric sheet: "Not for sale. If you sell this, you will be hunted and murdered." Copies of the EP are considered extraordinarily rare, with only a few members of the band and the producer still possessing copies.

Copies known to exist are numbers 14, 22, 47, 50, 57, 74, 83, 84 and 101. Most of these have been sold over the internet.

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Track listing

All tracks written by Danny Elfman.

Side one
1."Ain't This the Life"3:37
2."Only a Lad"4:16
Side two
1."Forbidden Zone"4:00
2."I'm So Bad"3:53


Oingo Boingo


  1. ^ "Oingo Boingo ep". Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  2. ^ Discogs - Demo EP - 1979 vinyl EP, US
  3. ^ Discogs - Demo EP (images) - 1979 vinyl EP, US
This page was last edited on 26 October 2018, at 23:49
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