I'm just saddened that it's not a higher quality recording. It's included as an easter egg on the DVD of the Farewell tour, and the stop-motion is much less choppy. Tick plans to buy a copy of the DVD, so you should persuade him to show it to you.
Really? Where did you see it? I've seen a handful of the interviews Danny Elfman gave around that time where he bemoaned the fact that MTV was refusing to play the Insanity video. Maybe they caved, but I was under the impression that this was a rarely-seen video.
Anyway, yeah, the general consensus is that the album is pretty weak. Oingo Boingo's earlier material was much better; more manic and more upbeat. I'd suggest that you check some of it out, and I'll even make you a mix CD if you like, but I get the feeling that you're not going to jump at that offer.
It was back in what I consider the heyday of "120 minutes," the transition from Lewis Largent hosting to random guest-host rockers.
I did the same thing with Stabbing Westward's first album after seeing the video for (fumbling for the title here) "I Don't Want It," buying the album after seeing one video once. And had pretty similar results. It did put me in the interesting position of being sick of them before they were even well known.
I'm familiar with the big Oingo Boingo singles from the 80s, "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science," but who isn't? You called it, I'm not really interested in getting to know their work better.
It occurs to me: I may be the only person who owns "Boingo" but none of OB's other albums. Likewise, I have Pearl Jam's "Yield" (their third or fourth album, I forget which), but no others. I'd be surprised if there's a hundred other people either one is true of; I think I just have a talent for missing the boat completely.
Unfortunately, OB's singles are far from representative of their best work, which (now that I come to say it) is probably true of most bands. As far as I'm concerned, their career breaks neatly into thirds, and the final third yielded the least interesting fruit. The two songs you're familiar with came from the second third of their career, during which they chose to release their least radio-friendly material as singles. Their best stuff fits squarely into the New Wave genre and ranks with... oh, let's say The Talking Heads, except that I identify more strongly with OB's lyrics. And OB uses more brass than synth.
The first third of their career, incidentally, was spent as a performance art troupe called the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Imagine Pee-Wee's playhouse meets the audience participation aspects of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Anyway, as much as I think you'd enjoy material from the middle of OB's career, it's like any other art: You got through this much of your life being blissfully unaware of it. Who cares?
How 'bout I just link you to the video for Private Life. It's my favorite Oingo Boingo song for which a video was made, it'll take you a couple of minutes to watch, and after that you can feel slightly more well-rounded in your knowledge of '80s music and never worry about OB again.