In Praise of Wall of Voodoo - The Index Masters

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Okay so have you folks heard this? They really did some amazing shit. My preconceived notions have been blown away, I really don't understand it. I heard them over 20 years ago, never quite got it until now.

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House (Bimble...), Saturday, 24 December 2005 06:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

"The Index Masters" and "Dark Continent" are both pretty twisted, phenomenal fun. New wave Beefheart meets Raymond Chandler shit. Highly recommended. I still can't believe A&M bothered to put the latter out on CD at one point and so very much cherish it.

hector savage, Sunday, 25 December 2005 18:21 (8 years ago) Permalink

You say Wall of Voodoo and people go, "Mexican Radio, hahaha." They know nothing. Call of the West is their weakest album; Dark Continent is a lost 80s classic. Unfortunately copies of Dark Continent are hard to come by - I've seen CD copies go for >$100 on eBay.

Edward III (edward iii), Monday, 26 December 2005 04:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

wov's cover of beach boys "do it again" had a sexy video.wish i could see it again.

retroboy, Monday, 26 December 2005 08:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ugh... that was the post-Stannard Ridgeway period you're referring to... the Andy Prieboy years make the vomit rise up.

hector savage, Monday, 26 December 2005 13:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

he's not that bad. I really liked "Far Side of Crazy"

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Monday, 26 December 2005 21:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...
In their continuing quest to utterly baffle me, the radio station my coworkers have on just stopped playing "What Hurts the Most", "SexyBack", and the Grey's Anatomy soundtrack long enough to rock "Mexican Radio". I seriously thought for a moment that I had overworked myself (hahaha yeah right) and begun to hallucinate.

lookin' in my mirror, not a Jagger in sight (sixteen sergeants), Thursday, 26 October 2006 16:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

Big ups for The Index Masters. I love the moment in the live version of "Animal Day" where Ridgway says something to the effect of "who writes this stuff?!" about his own lyrics.

Myke. (Myke Weiskopf), Friday, 27 October 2006 00:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

"Invisible Man" on The Index Masters is teh grebt.

i saw him one night and he gave me a chill
he was driving down the freeway in a coupe de ville!

Edward III (edward iii), Friday, 27 October 2006 13:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

This is embarassing. I don't even remember starting this thread. Where the hell is my Index Masters CD now? Hopefully correctly filed. No. Actually I do recall seeing it in a certain pile. I bet it's there.

An evening of fun in the metropolis of your dream (Bimble...), Saturday, 28 October 2006 01:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

I played Index Masters last night, in celebration of seeing Stan Ridgway live! Big fun, both.

Dan Peterson, Tuesday, 14 August 2007 19:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

"The Passenger" was the greatest, thats the one written from the perspective of a plane-hijacker isn't it? Loved that tune so much

frogs you are the dumbest asshole (frogbs), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

he's not a hijacker he's a mad bomber

the star of many snuff films (Edward III), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

the star of many snuff films (Edward III), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

the star of many snuff films (Edward III), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

the star of many snuff films (Edward III), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, plane bomber

either way such a cool song

frogs you are the dumbest asshole (frogbs), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

the star of many snuff films (Edward III), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

bummed that "granma's house" is not on the youtubes

the star of many snuff films (Edward III), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

the star of many snuff films (Edward III), Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lurve this and just about everything Stan's done. Last time I saw him, he and the band took the back exit during the applause for an encore and came in the back of the house and cheered for themselves!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 27 January 2012 00:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

Didn't "Lost Continent" get reissued at last?

I sure wish there was something interesting in the vaults from these guys.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 December 2012 03:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah dark continent was reissued as a double CD w/ call of the west a couple years ago

CGI fridays (Edward III), Friday, 21 December 2012 20:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

(xpost) If you've never heard them, their 1978 demos are on youtube.

Rocking Disco Santa (Dan Peterson), Friday, 21 December 2012 20:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Not great imo, but they are interesting.

Rocking Disco Santa (Dan Peterson), Friday, 21 December 2012 20:25 (1 year ago) Permalink


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