Wall of Voodoo

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Wall of Voodoo was a New Wave group from Los Angeles best known for the 1982 hit "Mexican Radio."

The band originally consisted of Stan Ridgway (vocals), Marc Moreland (guitar), Bruce Moreland (bass), Chas T. Gray (keyboards), and Joe Nanini (percussion).

After a self-titled EP that included a cover version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," the band released Dark Continent, an album concerned largely with workplace issues, as being experienced for the first time by the young male.

Bassist Bruce Moreland left, and the remaining four members then recorded their best-known album, Call of the West, which includes "Mexican Radio." Singer Ridgway then also left and was replaced by Andy Prieboy, and drummer Nanini by Ned Leukhardt.

Nanini died on December 4, 2000. Marc Moreland died on March 13, 2002.

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