Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo band name origins - Amos n Andy tv showThey started in 1972 as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, but seven years later the American new wavers cut it down to Oingo Boingo and in 1994 even to Boingo. 

The original, long name was taken from the American television series Amos 'n' Andy; it featured a secret society, called The Mystic Knights of the Sea. The word Sea was replaced by the band members by Oingo Boingo, supposedly a Swahili term supposedly meaning 'thinking while dancing'. 

Twice 'supposedly' in the previous sentence, because a search on the internet shows that on this point our legs could very well have been pulled.

Active: 1972-1995, USA



Anonymous said...

Here is another 'supposedly'. And I would really like to find the origins because I have always been and still am a fan of Oingo Boingo. But, a friend of mine back in Los Angeles (sometime around 1989) claimed to have gone to school with Danny and heard through a circle of friends that the idea of the name, at least the 'boingo' part, was due to the suspension of a car they rode around that had a suspension problem and bounced an awful lot... as in 'boing, boing'. Cannot recall if the car was Danny's or that of a close friend. This gave way to the funny name. Sounds plausible, but always questioned the source myself.

Unknown said...

I think they got it from an actress who said oingo boingo inthe

Anonymous said...

“The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo” is the fictional fantasy world of the main character, Deborah, in Joanne Greenberg’s 1964 novel “ I Never Promised you a Rose Garden”.

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