Yesterday I posted the Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone." Here's another great song from 1983: Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio."
Here's what frontman Stan Ridgway had to say about the song in a recent interview:
In this world and this universe there is such a thing as timing. Wall of Voodoo was a band that came up in the late ‘70s and we were from the underground fooling around with electronics and all that sort of stuff. Out of the blue we got signed to a smaller label and as the trajectory went further so did the industry. The video for ‘Mexican Radio’ pretty much made it happen at that point. The song was a good calling card for the record. Anyone who bought ‘Mexican Radio’ and then listened to Call Of The Wild [I assume he meant "Call of the West" - Mark] found that there really wasn’t another ‘Mexican Radio’ on that record. That record was pretty dark so it was satisfying to actually get them into our wheelhouse with a piece of candy only to find there was a mousetrap waiting.
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