That Time Danny Elfman And Oingo Boingo Was a Contestant On ‘The Gong Show’

Before Oingo Boingo shortened their name and became a rock band in the ’80s, they were a proudly weird, truly eclectic group of musicians, employing up to 15 performers at a time and playing covers of everything from Russian ballet music to the jazz hits of Cab Calloway. The group’s appearance on The Gong Show confused and impressed the show’s panel of celebrity judges and won them the strange sum of $516.32. Though it’s difficult to spot Danny Elfman in the chaos (it’s hard to tell for sure, but according to several sources, he’s the trombone player), the bizarre and infectious performance offers a fascinating glimpse into the origins of one of Hollywood’s most important composers.

Via Mental Floss