“I’m on a Mexican radio” Stan Ridgway
Emerging out of the late 1970’s LA punk/new wave scene, Wall Of Voodoo, led by songwriter/vocalist Stan Ridgway, along with Charles Gray, Oliver Nanini and brothers Bruce and Marc Moreland, released their debut full-length album Dark Continent on I.R.S. Records in 1981. With its highly original synth, beat-box and harmonica driven spaghetti-western cinematic sound, the album featured the singles “Red Light”, “Call Box (1,2,3)” and “Back In The Flesh”. In 1982, the band released their biggest selling album, Call Of The West, an intelligent yet dark take on Americana, which featured alternative radio and MTV video staple “Mexican Radio”. In 1983, Ridgway left the band before collaborating with The Police’s Stewart Copeland on the song “Don’t Box Me In” for the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish. Ridgway then released his first solo album in 1986, The Big Heat, which included standout tracks “Drive She Said” and the top 5 European and UK single “Camouflage”.