A Round Table for the Mystic Knights

Mystic Knights of the Oingo BoingoAs faithful Playlist followers already know, we think it’s always a good day when performance art, music, and humor meet. And while another Frank Zappa playlist may be in order someday, today we pay tribute to the performance art/punk/cabaret/ska crossover that was the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. The group later moved away from its cabaret roots and became Oingo Boingo, and (even later) just Boingo, but it’s the early years that we’re interested in here. Here they are, together with one of their key inspirations: Cab Calloway, in the personae he assumed in the Fleischer Brothers’ cartoons.

  • Cab Calloway - Saint James Infirmary (from Snow White, directed by Dave Fleischer — animated by Roland Crandall)
  • Cab Calloway - Minnie the Moocher (from Minnie the Moocher, directed by Dave Fleischer — animated by Willard Bowsky and Ralph Somerville)
  • Saint James Infirmary
  • Squeezit the Moocher (from Forbidden Zone, directed by Richard Elfman — animated by John Muto)
  • Don’t Go In the Basement (from Face Like a Frog — directed and animated by Sally Cruikshank)
  • Rehearsal
  • Acapella Ditty
  • Ballad of the Caveman
  • Louise
  • Tender Lumplings
  • Finale
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