Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Occasional Forgotten Video: Wall of Voodoo, "Mexican Radio."

This is one of my favorite songs from the eighties, and has one of my favorite lines ever in a song: "I wish I was in Tijuana/Eating barbecued iguana."

Stan Ridgeway left Wall of Voodoo not long after "Mexican Radio" was a hit on the strength of heavy MTV rotation. He's had a couple of minor hits like "Camoflage" and "Roadblock," but has not had the huge success that he feels, apparently, that he is entitled to; my old friend Viktor Zeitgeist saw him in concert a few years ago, and Ridgeway bitched, onstage, about the lack of critical and commercial accolades. Boo hoo hoo.

7 comments:

FranIAm said...

Goddam Johnny Yen - you had me at "a hot wind at my shoulder."

Now I am going to have to go find the video for "Don't Box Me In" which was a great Stan Ridgway song.

Mnmom said...

I loved this song!!!! Some of that 80's stuff was just pure fun.

SkylersDad said...

Cool beans!!

Get it? That was a little play on Mexican radio right there, yeah, pretty special, huh?

Ok, ok, I'm moving along now...

dmarks said...

I love it. I blogged about it quite a while ago. They are actually my favorite American band, by far.

lulu said...

I adore Stan Ridgeway. TenS has a story about meeting him when she was doing college radio.

Erik Donald France said...

Awesome, indeed!

Call of the West captures the Reagan era perfectly.

vikkitikkitavi said...

"Heavy rotation" doesn't begin to capture how often this video was on MTV. Even Phil Collins was jealous.