Wall of Voodoo’s Mexican Radio

Mexican Radio was written and performed by Wall of Voodoo for their 1982 album Call Of The West. In 1983 it would get a release as a single (the b-side was…interesting) and would go onto chart on the Billboard Hot 100, topping off at #58. Band members Ridgway and Moreland have said the song was inspired by their listening to unregulated AM Mexican radio stations that reached large portions of the United States. The song would become an off the radio hit when they released this video which had a moderate level of rotation on Mtv.

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5 thoughts on “Wall of Voodoo’s Mexican Radio

  1. mwentworth says:

    This album and the entire Wall of Voodoo library have tons of great quotes:

    “I’ll do it tomorrow; that seems like a pretty good idea today”
    “I like to know what Im doin’ when I do it, and I do what Im doin’ ’cause I don’t know what to do when Im not doin’ it”

    and many more…..

  2. I had a compilation album as a kid that had this song on it. Actually, after searching Google, I have determined that the album was K-Tel’s “Hot Tracks”. But anyway, yeah, that’s where I first heard the song, and it was a favorite of mine for a long time. I haven’t heard any other songs from the band, but may seek some out now — thanks for sharing!

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