Voodoo Mexican Radio lyrics
For the unregulated, high-wattage radio stations alluded to within the song, see border blaster. for widespread statistics on radio in mexico, see radio in mexico.
Mexican Radio is a song written and carried out by way of american band wall of voodoo, and produced by means of Richard Mazda. the music changed into initially made commercially to be had on their 1982 album call of the west, and was released as a single in early 1983. in their local USA, the music wasn’t lots of a success, peaking at no. 58 on the billboard warm 100 chart. it did higher in different elements of the world, peaking at no. 18 in Canada, no. 21 in new Zealand and no. 33 in Australia. it also reached no. sixty four in the united kingdom
Wall of voodoo lead singer and participant of organ, synthesizer and harmonica, stein ridgway and guitarist Marc more land traced the muse for the song to taking note of excessive-wattage unregulated am Mexican radio stations (among them xerf, xeg, and xerb).
Moreland became the primary to start writing the music, which in a recorded interview within the 1990 he said, “it became essentially just me making a song ‘i am on a Mexican radio’ time and again again”. more land said whilst he performed it for his mom she hated it due to his repetitious lyrics. ridgway co-wrote with more land to complete the music, and brought all of the verse’s lyrics to more land’s refrain and guitar lick in addition to the “mariachi” harmonica melody in the track’s middle breakdown. while acting stay with wall of voodoo, ridgy usually played the mariachi melody thru an organ/synthesizer and bill no land used a synthesizer to play the melody whilst acting with wall of voodoo inside the 1982–1983 years.
the 7″ single blend differs in a few areas from the album reduce:
ridgway’s vocals are mixed differently, with a more reported echo impact on sure strains.
the primary few bars of the lp model has no overtalk even as the unmarried model does.
a loud spanish-talking dj voice is gift on both variations, however every version’s voice is distinct and is announcing specific words.
a notably louder snare drum element is major in the tune’s refrain.
ridgway chants “radio, radio, oleo, radio” on the song’s cease, in place of “radio, radio, radio, radio” as he does on the album version. because of this, the unmarried mix is from time to time known as the “oleo” blend.
a pulsing, mangled synth noise is heard at the end of the tune on the album model, however not in the 7″ mix. instead, this sound is heard at the start of the music, as well as at some stage in the tune’s instrumental break.
it changed into rumored that wall of voodoo drummer joe nanini changed into very hard to work with at instances in the studio whilst the band had been recording their 1982 album, name of the west, on which “mexican radio” appeared. on “mexican radio” mainly, it’s been said that nanini become a bit disenchanted while richard mazda cautioned a snare drum hit at the chorus of the music. nanini in the long run refused to cooperate, leaving mazda to file the snare part himself, and with the band’s reputation the snare regarded within the very last mix of the music.[
“Mexican Radio” – three:fifty five
“Call of the West” – 6:00
inside the u.s., 2 exclusive catalog numbers were shown at the 7″ unmarried. the first, Sp-70963 on IRS label turned into for promotional use most effective. and issued without a picture sleeve. the second, Ir-9912 on IRS label released for each promotional and business use with a photo sleeve
Two Songs by Wall of Voodoo 12″ single
“Mexican Radio” – 3:fifty five
“there’s not anything on this aspect” – 10:00
facet b is sincerely separate tracks. the primary is an instrumental piece, which leads directly into “mexican radio (constrained version unique dub mix)” which is unlisted.