WALL OF VOODOO (309)

Dark Continent / Call of the West (2-for-1) RVCD-309

Raven presents two original, innovative WALL OF VOODOO albums on one CD for the first time: Dark Continent (I.R.S., 1981) and Call of the West (I.R.S., 1982). Wall of Voodoo emerged from the late 1970s Los Angeles punk/alternative scene with a unique blend of machine-age junk music and off-kilter pop-rock. Like Devo, Wall of Voodoo’s sound was always challenging and entertaining, or as once described, “classy Halloween music, scary but pleasantly so”. The debut Dark Continent was brilliantly executed with a blend of hyperactive rhythm box beats, Western and film noir-influenced guitar, colourful washes of synthesizer and lead singer Stan Ridgway’s distinctive vocals and highly stylised cinematic narratives.

Tracks like ‘Back in Flesh’ and ‘Full of Tension’ dealt with tense relationships in a suitably dark manner. Allmusic Guide: “If originality and artistic vision are any measure of a rock album’s worth, Dark Continent delivers on both counts”. Call of the West is livelier and even more articulate, yielding the now-classic alternative hit ‘Mexican Radio’. ‘Lost Weekend’ and ‘Factory’ examined the quiet tragedy of suburban existence. There’s intelligence at work and a bite to the music that continues to mark Call of the West as a successful and altogether satisfying work. Ridgway left the band in 1983 for a prominent solo career and the band continued for another five years. With superb quality audio, detailed liner notes, colour booklet.

TRACK LISTING
Dark Continent (1981)
1. RED LIGHT
2. TWO MINUTES TILL LUNCH
3. ANIMAL DAY
4. FULL OF TENSION
5. ME AND MY DAD
6. BACK IN FLESH
7. TSETSE FLY
8. CALL BOX (1-2-3)
9. THIS WAY OUT
10. GOOD TIMES
11. CRACK THE BELL
Call of the West (1982)
12. TOMORROW
13. LOST WEEKEND
14. FACTORY
15. LOOK AT THEIR WAY
16. HANDS OF LOVE
17. MEXICAN RADIO
18. SPY WORLD
19. THEY DON’T WANT ME
20. ON INTERSTATE 15
21. CALL OF THE WEST

Also available
STAN RIDGWAY - Mosquitos... Expanded (RVCD-355)
WALL OF VOODOO - Seven Days in Sammystown, Happy Planet & The Ugly Americans in Australia (RVCD-359)

All prices quoted in AUD$

AUD$ 15.95 (available)


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