Wall of Voodoo
Wall of Voodoowas a band from Los Angeles, California, and played New Wave style of music. The band were best remembered most back in the 1980's. The song which most people can remember of theirs was their hit back in 1983 called, Mexican Radio. The group had a mixed sound of the synthesizer based New Wave music with the spaghetti western style of Ennio Morricone. Members of the Wall of Voodoo band were, Stan Ridgeway, Marc Moreland, Bruce Moreland (Marc’s brother)(bass player), Chas T. Gray (keyboard player), and Joe Nanini (drummer).
The Wall of Voodoo released their self titled EP in 1980, and it included a cover of Johnny cash’s song, Ring of Fire. The band released their first full length album in 1981 and it was called, Dark Continent. Bruce Moreland left the band shortly after that. Chas Gray played both bass and keyboard after that. The band released their next album in 1982 and it was called, Call of the West, and it became their biggest selling album of them all. From it came their only Top 100 single hit called, Mexican Radio. There was also a music video for the song and it got a lot of exposure on the new tv show, MTV. After the release of this album, Bill Noland was recruited as their keyboard player. There was a lot of drug use about this time among some of the members and there was a lot of bad behavior from some of them. There was also some shady behavior by the management and the record label. The group performed at the second U. S. Festival on May 28, 1983. This was the largest concert the group had ever performed for. After the concert, Ridgway, Nanini, and Noland left the band. Stan Ridgway went on to pursue a solo career and had a very successful one. He released his first solo album in 1986. Joe Nanini joined the country rock band called, Lonesome Strangers.
The rest of the band as well as returning, Bruce Moreland, continued recording under the Wall of Voodoo name. Soon after that, Andy Prieboy joined the group as lead singer, and Ned Lukhardt joined them as their drummer. They recorded with this lineup until 1988. In 1988 the band split up and Andy Prieboy and Marc Moreland went on to pursue solo careers. The members of Wall of Voodoo were members of the group, Nervous Gender (with the exception of Andy Prieboy) after that. In the 1990's and 2000's, Andy, marc, and Stan were all working solo. Joe Nanini released an EP under the name of Sienna Nanini-Bohica, in 1996. Joe died of brain hemorrhage on December 4, 2000. Marc Moreland died of liver and kidney failure on March 13, 2002. The group released 6 albums, 2 compilations, and 9 singles.
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