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Wall of Voodoo

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Los Angeles, California, United States (1977 – 1988)

Wall of Voodoo was a New Wave/Alternative rock group from Los Angeles, California, United States best known for the 1983 hit “Mexican Radio”. The band’s best known lineup consists of Stan Ridgway (vocals, keyboards), Marc Moreland (guitar), Chas Gray (bass, vocals) and Joe Nanini (drums). The band had a sound that was a fusion of synthesizer-based New Wave music with the spaghetti western soundtrack style of Ennio Morricone.

Wall of Voodoo had its roots in Acme Soundtracks, a film score business started by Stan Ridgway, later the vocalist and synth player for Wall of Voodoo. Acme Soundtracks office was across the street from the Hollywood punk club The Masque and Ridgway was soon drawn into the emerging punk/new wave scene. Marc Moreland, guitarist for The Skulls began jamming with Ridgway at the Acme Soundtracks office and the soundtrack company morphed into a New Wave band. In 1977, with the addition of Skulls members Bruce Moreland (Marc’s brother) as bassist and Chas Gray as keyboardist, along with Joe Nanini, who had been the drummer for Black Randy and the Metrosquad, the first lineup of Wall of Voodoo was born.

Wall of Voodoo released a self-titled EP in 1980 which featured a unique, synthesizer-driven cover of the Johnny Cash song, “Ring Of Fire”. The band’s first full-length album, Dark Continent followed in 1981.

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  • activewaste

    I do still wonder how almost all WoV fans are only fans of the Ridgway era. I mean "Far side of Crazy", "mona", "room with a view", "blackboard sky", "museums", Tragic Vaudeville", "hollywood the second time", "chains of luck", "country of man", "grass is greener", "ain't my day". These are masterpieces

    25 Aug 7:52am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    группа настолько своеобразная, насколько же и недооцененная

    9 Mar 9:55am Reply
  • YasamanSixX

    mexican radio is one the onky songs that is 100/100 in my opinion

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • jonodude

    Finally gave "Sammystown" and "Happy Planet" a listen after consciously ignoring them for so long (since the Ridgway albums are so divine), and they weren't too bad. I liked Sammystown for the most part, but Happy Planet didn't stick out so much save for a couple tracks here and there. I have yet to give the live album a listen.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    I wish I was in Tijuana (eating barbequed iguana)

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Мне понравилась.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mydesperateicon

    Ridgway ♥

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Synthesizer fans & lovers & addicts are all welcomed! http://www.last.fm/group/Synthesizer

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Dr_Decay

    Dark Continent - один из лучших альбомов 80-х

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • anajev

    Can't believe my ears....Swing cover of ~Mexican Radio~ brought me here...Hooked. ♥

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • pathtoyirah

    SOMEONE SMASH MY ALARM, IT'S GOT ME ON THE EDGE, YOU KNOW IT'S SO SHARP (aaaaaaaaaaaaa)

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Akatian

    Far Side of Crazy has really cool lyrics.

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Mexican Radio :)

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Amosccc12

    I love The Good the Bad and The Ugly sound they've got going. I really overlook this band.

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nothere413

    I dunno. The Prieboy era feels... lacking. Just sorta blah compared to Ridgway.

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • activewaste

    I like both era's of WoV equally, it's a shame that the Prieboy era is so neglected. Seven Days & Happy Planet have some great material.

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • bittercold

    saw the vid on eMpTy Vee back in the 80s. thought it was cool as a young 'un. moved to Bullhead City, Arizona... couple years later found out they recorded at least a chunk of the follow-up there. went back this spring for the first time in 20 years... "Call Of The West" truly hits home even moreso now, realizing I somehow miss a spec of a town in the middle of nowhere. loved the roadtrip through desert areas...

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • JoleoIzz

    Dark Continent is where it's at [2]

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Lobotomy77

    Dark Continent is where it's at

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • JoleoIzz

    I'm a nice guy, but I don't love you. I just want to sleep with you...

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
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