Monday, March 18, 2013

#428: Wall Of Voodoo-Mexican Radio (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Mexican Radio"
Artist: Wall Of Voodoo
Release Date: July, 1982
From the Album: Call Of The West (1982)

Quick Take: It's a shame that Wall of Voodoo had a hit (albeit a minor one) with "Mexican Radio," because although it's an entertaining song, it forever enshrines the band in most folks' memories as a novelty one-hit-wonder, a fate this always-intriguing band doesn't deserve. On the other hand, it's obvious why the song was an immediate success; it has the catchiest melody the group ever created, anchored by Chas T. Grey's unforgettable Casio obbligatos and Marc Moreland's dopily insistent guitar riff, which continues nonstop throughout the entire song. Stan Ridgway sings the impressionistic lyrics in his familiar adenoidal whine, accompanied by occasional interjections in Spanish, apparently recorded off a real Mexican radio station, sounding considerably more upbeat and relaxed than he does on the rest of this fairly bleak and oppressive-sounding album. However, "Mexican Radio" doesn't pack the emotional wallop of a song like "Lost Weekend" or "Factory," and those who only know this song aren't getting the full Wall of Voodoo effect by a long shot. 

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