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Wall Of Voodoo

Best known for their alternative radio classic "Mexican Radio," Wall of Voodoo formed in Los Angeles in 1977, originally as a soundtrack company. Led by singer/songwriter Stan Ridgway and rounded out by guitarist Marc Moreland, bassist/keyboardist Bruce Moreland, keyboardist Chas Gray, and drummer Joe Nanini, the group issued its self-titled debut EP in 1980. With the additions of bassist Bruce Moreland and his brother Marc on guitar (replacing Noland), the band's sound crystallized on 1981's full-length Dark Continent, which couched Ridgway's highly stylized and cinematic narratives -- heavily influenced by Westerns and film noir, and sung in the vocalist's distinctively droll, narcoleptic manner -- in atonal, electronically based settings.

In 1982, following the exit of Bruce Moreland, Wall of Voodoo released Call of the West, which featured "Mexican Radio," their biggest hit. After an appearance at the 1983 US Festival, Ridgway left the group for a solo career. The remaining members enlisted singer Andy Prieboy, and resurfaced in 1985 with the LP Seven Days in Sammystown. Happy Planet followed two years later, while 1988's live effort The Ugly Americans in Australia* (the asterisk denoting that a few tracks were recorded in Bullhead City, Arizona) effectively closed out the Wall of Voodoo story. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Met Stan Ridgeway after Wall of Voodoo played the Wiltern in LA...real nice guy. Said that his head coming out of the beans was what really made the Mexican Radio video!
stonebrakers
One of my all time favorites. Loved to see them live in LA, back in the day. Good times!
Smooth operators they are...
Narcoleptic? How?!?
Very unique and will allways be amoung my favorites. I was aware of the Wall of Sound, and they were right. It does sound like a Wall of Vodoo.
absolutely brilliant! stan ridgeway a gifted genius that most of the world missed out on - not me! He still sounds fresh- just enjoy!
mackenzieleo n a r d 2 1
They have a very unique sound. Well worth listening to.
yotsu63
Sorry that's Stan Ridgway solo, not WOV :-0
yotsu63
I'm a big fan of Camouflage myself ...
jduncan859
Country of Man is their best song by far follwed by Back In flesh, funny thing is I wasnt even born until *85 =P Gotta thank my dad for loving this band and playing then all the time on Casset Tape in the Delorian! Great band very unique sound and awsomely weird vocals.
love these guys!
I wish I was in Tijuana eating bbq iguana & yes mushrooms too!
If you havent heard "The Far Side of Crazy" you are really missing out. Also why have a link to Seven Days in Sammytown but not have it under discography Pandora?
yoshiki89
does anyone care that Curly Joe died in 2000 and Marc Moreland died in 2002? ...Marc was the best guitarist you never heard!!
great memories,mus h r o o m s and voodoo
Saw them at the 688 in Atlanta shortly before their breakup. Too bad. They had a unique sound and good message.
cuz.5
cuteeee & hilariously awesome musicians-th a t funny voice od the lead & ther lyrics-soooo punk makes me feel young again( i/m an little punk rock san fran girl from the 60-'s!!)
andy p is and will never be wall of voodoo! thank you
sdwhitney
Agreed - Stan Ridgeway's solo work is excellent, and the styles run all over the musical map. Definitely worth a listen!
Did anybody else actually like 'em better with Andy Prieboy singing?
jimlipari
Didn't realize they split after the US Festival, glad I got to see them...and I'm old :-D
bob76859
Wall of Fire is splendid also. Was sorry to hear of split (long ago).
I still break out my 25 year-old cassettes of Dark Continent and Call of the West to listen to on long car trips.... Great, funny, imaginative work.
clancasters5
check out stan ridgeway's stuff. it goes from rock, folk country, classical.
Their song "Back in Flesh" is incredible! Definitely better than "Mexican Radio", the only song anyone ever herad by Wall of Voodoo
Second band I was crazy over in junior high...Where ' s Dark Continent?
never heard anything like it
Not to mention that Marc Moreland is possbly the most underrated guitarist in history. He was certainly one of the most imaginative I've ever heard. I know someone who knew him and he had no idea how good he was. Well, at least he had no idea how much we admired him and was surprised to hear what an influence he was on our musicianship .

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