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Cover of Call Of The West

From Call Of The West and 56 other releases

Wall of Voodoo’s second full-length album, Call of the West, was a noticeably more approachable work than their debut, Dark Continent, and it even scored a fluke hit single, “Mexican Radio,” a loopy little number about puzzled American tourists that’s easily the catchiest thing on the album.

Speaking with Songfacts about this song in a 2010 interview, frontman Stan Ridgeway explained this song was inspired by the high-wattage, unregulated AM border-blaster Mexican radio stations with signals that traveled well into America, and the occasional interjections in Spanish in the song were recorded off a real Mexican radio station.


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I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
And the touch of a world that is older
I turn the switch and check the number
I leave it on when in bed I slumber

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  • Moonlight_Dawn

    Wikipedia says about this song: "Genre: Dark Wave, art rock, psychobilly".... I can easily say "ok" to art rock and even psychobilly but dark wave???? There is a darkness to the song but I cannot tag this song darkwave... it's to fun, catchy and upbeat even with a bit of darkness to the song.... Guilty pleasure <3

    1 Mar 5:33am Reply
  • nick_honest

    a masterpiece

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Tettsui

    This song feels alot like 'Living in China' from 'Men Without Hats'

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Elturtle

    Greatest one hit wonder of all time

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • rickenbackeriff

    I remember this alright, why i dont know as im 34. maybe due to older cousins. Reasons why i know so much early music. top stuff, iluv ett!

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AM_Poet

    I dial it in from south of the border...

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ShockWave3124

    Such a weird music video but awesome song!!!

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • tripodthunder

    I wish I was in Tijuana Eating barbequed iguana, that lyric cracks me up every time!

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DustyLee1318

    Barbequed Igauna

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Cure1980

    Remember me my wild 80 ies.and

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • miasmuck

    One of the greatest but unfortunately not very successful tracks of the 80s. I love it so much!!!

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • crocy2

    my mexican radio...

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
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    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • abhh9568

    was war das für eine geile Zeit......i love it

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Crush1800


    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • KosanRio

    Listened to nothing but this for like the past 3 days... still hasn't gotten old. Amazing song.

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • abunono


    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • StrawFire

    Good Drinking and Dance Song.

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    prob top 10 fave 80s songs of all time

    19 May 2012 Reply
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