Wall Of Voodoo

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Formed: 1977 // Los Angeles, CA, United States
Disbanded: 1988
Members:
Stan Ridgway (vocals, 1977-83)
Andy Prieboy (vocals, 1983-88)
Marc Moreland (guitar, 1977-88)
Bruce Moreland (bass, 1977-82)
Bill Noland (bass, 1982-88)
Chas T. Gray (keyboards, 1979-88)
Joe Nanini (percussion, 1979-83)
Ned Leukhardt (drums, 1983-88)

Wall of Voodoo had its roots in Acme Soundtracks, a film score business started by Stan Ridgway, who was later the vocalist and harmonica player for Wall of Voodoo. Acme Soundtracks' office was across the street from the Hollywood punk club The Masque and Ridgway was soon drawn into the emerging punk/new wave scene there. Marc Moreland, guitarist for local group The Skulls, began jamming with Ridgway at the Acme Soundtracks office and the soundtrack company soon morphed into a new wave band. In 1977, with the addition of Skulls members Bruce Moreland (Marc Moreland's brother) as bassist and Chas T. Gray as keyboardist, along with Joe Nanini (who had been the drummer for Black Randy and the Metrosquad) the first lineup of Wall of Voodoo was born.

The band was named Wall of Voodoo before their first gig in reference to a comment made by a Ridgway's friend Joe Berardi (a member of The Fibonaccis). Berardi was listening to some of the Acme Soundtracks music Ridgway and Moreland had created in their studio. When Ridgway jokingly compared the multiple-drum-machine- and Farfisa-organ-laden recordings to Phil Spector's legendary "wall of sound" production style, Berardi commented it sounded more like a "wall of voodoo", and the name stuck.
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Wall Of Voodoo Discography Tracks

Albums

Wall Of Voodoo - Dark Continent album art Wall Of Voodoo Dark Continent (Album) I.R.S. Records US 1981 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Call Of The West album art Wall Of Voodoo Call Of The West (Album) I.R.S. Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
none Wall Of Voodoo - BBC College Concert #20 album art Wall Of Voodoo BBC College Concert #20(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none US 1983 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Seven Days In Sammystown album art Wall Of Voodoo Seven Days In Sammystown (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Happy Planet album art Wall Of Voodoo Happy Planet (Album) I.R.S. Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - The Ugly Americans In Australia album art Wall Of Voodoo The Ugly Americans In Australia (Album) I.R.S. Records 1988 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Wall Of Voodoo - Wall Of Voodoo album art Wall Of Voodoo Wall Of Voodoo (EP) Index US 1980 Sell This Version
ES 720 Wall Of Voodoo - Call Box (1-2-3) album art Wall Of Voodoo Call Box (1-2-3)(7", Single) Illegal Records (2) ES 720 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio album art Wall Of Voodoo Mexican Radio (Single) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Two Songs By Wall Of Voodoo album art Wall Of Voodoo Two Songs By Wall Of Voodoo (Single, Maxi) I.R.S. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Ring Of Fire (Remix) album art Wall Of Voodoo Ring Of Fire (Remix) Index US 1982 Sell This Version
ILS 0031 Wall Of Voodoo - On Interstate 15 album art Wall Of Voodoo On Interstate 15(7") Illegal Records (2) ILS 0031 UK 1982 Sell This Version
AM-589 Wall Of Voodoo - On Interstate 15 / Call Of The West album art Wall Of Voodoo On Interstate 15 / Call Of The West(7", Single) I.R.S. Records AM-589 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Big City album art Wall Of Voodoo Big City (Single) I.R.S. Records Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - (Don't Spill My) Courage album art Wall Of Voodoo (Don't Spill My) Courage I.R.S. Records Australia 1985 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Far Side Of Crazy album art Wall Of Voodoo Far Side Of Crazy (Single, Maxi) I.R.S. Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - Do It Again album art Wall Of Voodoo Do It Again (Single, Maxi) I.R.S. Records Australia 1987 Sell This Version
651321 7 Wall Of Voodoo - Elvis Bought Dora A Cadillac album art Wall Of Voodoo Elvis Bought Dora A Cadillac(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 651321 7 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
PRO 454 Wall Of Voodoo - The Ugly Americans In Norway album art Wall Of Voodoo The Ugly Americans In Norway(7", Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records PRO 454 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version

Compilations

Wall Of Voodoo - Granma's House - A Collection Of Songs By Wall Of Voodoo album art Wall Of Voodoo Granma's House - A Collection Of Songs By Wall Of Voodoo (Comp, Album) I.R.S. Records UK & Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Wall Of Voodoo - The Index Masters album art Wall Of Voodoo The Index Masters (Comp) Restless Records US 1991 Sell This Version
RVCD-309 Wall Of Voodoo - Dark Continent / Call Of The West album art Wall Of Voodoo Dark Continent / Call Of The West(CD, Comp, RM) Raven Records RVCD-309 Australia 2009 Sell This Version
302 067 119 2 Wall Of Voodoo - Lost Weekend (The Best Of Wall Of Voodoo - The I.R.S. Years) album art Wall Of Voodoo Lost Weekend (The Best Of Wall Of Voodoo - The I.R.S. Years)(CD, Comp) Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc. 302 067 119 2 US 2011 Sell This Version
RVCD-359 Wall Of Voodoo - Seven Days In Sammystown / Happy Planet / The Ugly Americans In Australia album art Wall Of Voodoo Seven Days In Sammystown / Happy Planet / The Ugly Americans In Australia(2xCD, Comp, RM) Raven Records RVCD-359 Australia 2012 Sell This Version

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charlie2300

charlie2300

August 19, 2016
A truly important band; the premier purveyors of urban American ballads infused deeply with the spirit of the Wild West. Stan the man is the voice of lost America. A unique sound whose nearest contemporaries would be Tuxedomoon in their early days. Oddball electronics, a seriously chunky wild west guitar, driven, manic music and Stan the man. Perfect. The initial 12" release is an essential wonder and includes the most awesome version of "Ring Of Fire". Pure wild west, expanded upon through the first two LP's and culminating with the epic ballad, "Call Of The West" on the self-titled second album. The magic died when Stan the man exited stage left.

Check out "Crack The Bell" live if you can find it. Pure mania.
pyenapple

pyenapple

June 29, 2015
An innovative and iconoclastic new wave group from L.A., Wall Of Voodoo could only have existed in the early 1980s, intelligent youths soaking in the cold war paranoia and mesquite-flavored sands of the Southwest. Their music is a peculiarly potent infused tequila/gasoline-fueled juggernaut of narrative and percussion, angular declarations like letters home from disillusioned robots at war. For me, Wall Of Voodoo truly only existed for their debut EP and first two albums: the chemistry between Stan Ridgeway and the band felt like the relationship between the brazen, carefully-carved cuckoo bird and the rusty, trusty gears of the clock. The band became something else after Stan left; not necessarily lesser, but less necessary. However, the recordings the group made up through 1982-83 are really something special. Dark, moody, intense, uneasy, but beautiful. Recipe for your clear-skied, dark, hot summer night: Cold cheap beer with limes, "Repo Man", then Wall Of Voodoo.

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