Long, LONG before there was American Idol there was a nationally syndicated program called The Gong Show.

Contestants would perform their variety act in front of a panel of celebrity judges and if they were not “gonged” in the first 20 seconds the judges would rate the performance on a scale of 1-10 and the winning act would receive a cash prize.

I vividly remember my my friends in Three Day Stubble getting “gonged” off the show almost immediately.

I watched the program pretty regularly “back in the day” but I don’t recall seeing this.

Watching this video it’s hard to imagine that the guy wearing the rocket would one day go on to score the music for movies like Batman The Motion Picture and the theme from the Simpsons.

I wonder what ever happened to the acts who’s only claim to fame may be that they lost to the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo on The Gong Show?

That makes two Gong Show conrestants I have met in person

And one time getting “gonged” myself from a recreation of the Gong Show.

There’s a hidden message here somewhere.

The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo

4 thoughts on “The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo

  • June 1, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for posting that. I have loved Oingo Boingo for a long time and the super trio of Elfman, Depp & Burton have never let me down. Elfman has come a long ways. Yet I still see that same goofyness in his new stuff!

  • June 2, 2007 at 10:05 am

    That was fabulous on several levels! I never knew Oingo Boingo went back even further than their appearance in Forbidden Zone! Thank you for the blast from the past. You just made my June.

  • June 2, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Actually, I think the guy in the rocket is his brother Richard. Danny is the one with the trombone.

  • June 3, 2007 at 8:40 am

    How very cool! Didn’t know about their Gong Show appearance!
    BTW, fun to see the photo with the classic “Jay Lee” hat!

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