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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… read more

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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

Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio Lyrics


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  • Awesome song, but a bit reminds me "what difference does it make" by the smiths.
  • a masterpiece
  • This song feels alot like 'Living in China' from 'Men Without Hats'
  • Greatest one hit wonder of all time
  • 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!
  • I dial it in from south of the border...
  • Such a weird music video but awesome song!!!
  • I wish I was in Tijuana Eating barbequed iguana, that lyric cracks me up every time!
  • Barbequed Igauna

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