We were thinking about OOIOO today and felt it was our duty to share a couple of favorite songs from this quirky little band.
OOIOO is an experimentalist group from Japan. Their art isn’t particularly accessible from a pop music standpoint so it’s not for everyone, but neither is Lady Gaga who actually performs much more formulaically. We like these OOIOO songs in particular because kettle drums are always a joy and the sound of Japanese women yell-singing amuses us for some reason. We have no idea what they are saying but they just sound like a bunch of kids having a lot of fun. [And knowing our luck, they are singing about tumors and blight. So if it isn’t pleasant, don’t tell us. Ignorance is bliss and such.]
It’s probably safe to say that we at Comics A-Go-Go! enjoy structure and a relative level of simplicity in our entertainment. After all, that’s how pop culture swings. But a bit of dissonance and maybe a healthy dose of chaos keep the blood flowing and provide fresh surprises. That’s why every once in a while, we pull out some stuff like OOIOO or Istvan Banyai or a tube of Super Elastic Bubble Plastic to muddy things up a bit. Incidentally, all of these items can make you feel euphoric when you consume them, but the bubble plastic actually does make you high. We learned that as children while living in Thailand where the stuff sold right beside cigarette gum (remember that?) on every trinket stand in Bangkok. Ah, those heady days when noxious chemicals actually enhanced the playtime experience. Yeah, adults don’t let us have fun anymore. And that’s why today’s Manuel is not allowed to enjoy the same luscious tastes of school glue as yesteryear’s Johnny.
UMO meet UMA
UMA say hello to UMO
Here’s your bonus…
…and go visit the website for more joy-joy-fun-fun.