parlando playlist #88: wall of voodoo - crack the bell [1981]

Posted on February 15th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Wall of Voodoo, Crack the Bell

The last track on the 1981 I.R.S. record Dark Continent, Wall of Voodoo's debut album.

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Comment on February 15th, 2014.

Apparently I like the last songs on albums.

Everybody of a certain age knows the video for "Mexican Radio" (especially the shot of the face bursting through beans, one of the iconic shots of early MTV), and would be surprised that the single only went to #58 on the Hot 100.

"Mexican Radio" was a track from their second album, Call of the West. Dark Continent, their debut, was even better.


Comment on February 15th, 2014.

Oh: Rate Your Music lists Dark Continent as New Wave -- definitely -- and Minimal Wave, which is, well, no. RYM defines Minimal Wave as: "Minimal Wave was coined as a genre name in retrospect. [...] In comparison to mainstream Synth-Pop the Minimal Wave sound is sparse, amateurish, stripped down and lo-fi, using analog synthesizers, drum machines and pre-MIDI electronics." (There's more.)

That definition is good enough, and it doesn't fit Dark Continent at all. Not sparse, not amateurish, not lo-fi, and definitely, definitely not drum machines. Joe Nanini was the drummer, and he was not only a excellent drummer, he was a very distinctive drummer; you can hear him in three seconds. He liked to play pots and pans and anything else, really. (edit: Of course, I chose the song that has prominent drum machines [I think], and Joe Nanini doesn't kick in until about 2:40 [but he definitely kicks in after that.])

He died at forty-five of a brain hemorrhage. (Sigh.)


Comment on April 1st, 2014.

Subject for future exploration: compare and contrast Wall of Voodoo with Timbuk 3.

This is okay but goofy. I like the music better than the vocals, and the second half better than the first half.


Comment on April 1st, 2014.

Yeah, I get tired real fast of Stan Ridgway's pipes.

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