Coneman--I'm glad you dug the videos. Not that I don't love all of those things enough for the both of us, but it's always nice to share. I actually thought "Insanity" was a million times less 80's than anything else they've ever done. My one complaint about Boingo is that the sound is intensely dated--Nieh is right, the production is all astoundingly 80's, and if y'all want to see some ridiiiiculous 80's dancing, YouTube the video for "Gratitude" and "Fool's Paradise." "Insanity" is still pretty dated though--one of the climactic lines is "The white folks think they're at the top, ask any proud white male/A million years of evolution, we get Danny Quayle." Does anyone even remember Quayle anymore? Sometimes I feel like I'm one of the few people who remembers the Bush/Quayle years on this board, and even then, I barely remember that shit.
Also, what you said about maybe you'll like their live stuff better than the studio stuff--that was the most common complaint about them, that their albums simply could not capture the energy and awesomeness of them live. They were SUPERSTARS in California, and relatively unknown outside their home state, and many people thing it's because of the album/live show thing. So, that's not unusual you'd feel like that.
I hear you on "We Close our Eyes" not being what you'd expect them to sound like--this song is quintessential Boingo, "Dead Man's Party": http://youtube.com/watch?v=iypUpv9xelg
And because I can't resist cheesy 80's shit, "Gratitude": http://youtube.com/watch?v=2LkjLjQzsZU