History Music / WallOfVoodoo

3rd Mar '16 7:08:59 AM DaveyDoodlebug
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Wall of Voodoo was a New Wave band in TheEighties. Formed in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles in 1977, the band had two line-ups: one with Stan Ridgway as singer, another with Andy Prieboy. The band's earlier sound (less so on the later albums) could be described as SomethingCompletelyDifferent, not unlike Music/{{Devo}}. But instead of electronic dance music, their style was [[ItMakesSenseInContext "Ennio Morricone meets New Wave"]]. They made two original hits, "Mexican Radio" and "Far Side of Crazy".

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Wall of Voodoo was a New Wave band in TheEighties. Formed in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles in 1977, the band had two line-ups: one with Stan Ridgway as singer, another with Andy Prieboy. The band's earlier sound (less so on the later albums) could be described as SomethingCompletelyDifferent, not unlike Music/{{Devo}}. But instead of electronic dance music, their style was [[ItMakesSenseInContext [[XMeetsY "Ennio Morricone meets New Wave"]]. They made two original hits, "Mexican Radio" and "Far Side of Crazy".



Original drummer Joe Nanini passed away in 2000 of a brain hemorrhage

Guitarist Marc Moreland died in 2002 after complications from a liver transplant. However, he managed to record his own solo record, "Take It To the Spotlight", shortly before that. He also played with the one-shots ''Pretty and Twisted'' and ''Department of Crooks''.

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Original drummer Joe Nanini passed away in 2000 of a brain hemorrhage

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hemorrhage, whilst guitarist Marc Moreland died in 2002 after complications from a liver transplant. However, he managed to record his own solo record, "Take It To the Spotlight", shortly before that. He also played with the one-shots ''Pretty and Twisted'' and ''Department of Crooks''.
7th Jul '14 8:23:33 PM Bastard1
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* ShoutOut: ''Happy Planet'' does that to [[Music/TheBeachBoys Brian Wilson ]]and Music/ElvisPresley, among others.

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* ShoutOut: ''Happy Planet'' does that to [[Music/TheBeachBoys Brian Wilson ]]and Music/BrianWilson and Music/ElvisPresley, among others.
22nd Jun '14 6:48:26 PM KlarkKentThe3rd
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[[caption-width-right:350:The second lineup. Left to right: Chas T. Gray, Marc Moreland, Andy Prieboy, Ned Leukhardt, Bill Nolan.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The second lineup. Left to right: Chas T. Gray, Marc Moreland, Andy Prieboy, Ned Leukhardt, Bill Nolan.Bruce Moreland.]]
22nd Jun '14 12:39:49 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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After Ridgway's departure, Marc, and Chas struggled to keep the band alive, despite Bruce coming back just in (the wrong) time. Luckily, two new menbers--singer Andy Prieboy and drummer Ned Leukhardt--joined up and the band released a new single, ''Big City'' in 1985. [[NewSoundAlbum A new album]], ''Seven Days in Sammystown'' shortly followed. One of ''Sammytown'''s tracks, "Far Side of Crazy", became a major hit in Australia, allowing the new WOV to make two more [=LPs=], the last one being a LiveAlbum. Bruce left the band ''again'' (same reasons) midway Happy Planet's sessions. Chas had to fill in for him, playing the bass on most of the record. Guest players were invited to live shows.

After the live LP, the band got dropped by [=IRS=] Records (along with many others, musical tastes were changing). Though most of the members faded into relative obscurity, Andy decided to continue. In 1990 he released ''... Upon My Wicked Son'', which consisted mostly of songs he wrote for WOV, with Ned on drums and Marc playing guitar on some of the tracks. After that, Andy released two more albums (the latest in 2010) and wrote the musical [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMtnugwkNE White Trash Wins Lotto.]] He scored an original hit, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZBQGCI2hm0 "Tomorrow Wendy,"]] which was actually covered by ConcreteBlonde first.

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After Ridgway's departure, Marc, and Chas struggled to keep the band alive, despite Bruce coming back just in (the wrong) time. Luckily, two new menbers--singer Andy Prieboy and drummer Ned Leukhardt--joined up and the band released a new single, ''Big City'' in 1985. [[NewSoundAlbum A new album]], ''Seven Days in Sammystown'' shortly followed. One of ''Sammytown'''s tracks, "Far Side of Crazy", became a major hit in Australia, allowing the new WOV to make two more [=LPs=], the last one being a LiveAlbum. Bruce left the band ''again'' (same reasons) midway Happy Planet's sessions. Chas had to fill in for him, playing the bass on most of the record. Guest players were invited to for live shows.

After the live LP, the band got dropped by [=IRS=] Records (along with many others, musical tastes were changing). Though most of the members faded into relative obscurity, Andy decided to continue. In 1990 he released ''... Upon My Wicked Son'', which consisted mostly of songs he wrote for WOV, with Ned on drums and Marc playing guitar on some of the tracks. After that, Andy released two more albums (the latest in 2010) and wrote the musical [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMtnugwkNE White Trash Wins Lotto.]] He scored an original hit, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZBQGCI2hm0 "Tomorrow Wendy,"]] which was actually covered by ConcreteBlonde Concrete Blonde first.
22nd Jun '14 12:38:40 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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The first main line-up, with Stan Ridgway on vocals, also had Marc Moreland (guitar), Bruce Moreland (bass, synthesizer), Chas T. Gray (synthesizer, vocals), and Joe Nanini (percussion). The band also extensively used a drum machine (given to Stan by voice acting legend Creator/DawsButler) to back them up on albums and in live performances, with Nanini usually adding fills on old pots and pans, cowbells, and various percussive toys. This line-up (sans Bruce, who would return after the personnel change) would record the song, "Mexican Radio"

In 1983, after a performance at the US Festival, Stan and Joe jumped ship. Stan would go on to make an impressive solo career for himself, with his latest album, ''Mr. Trouble'', released in 2012. He collaborated with [[Music/ThePolice Stewart Copeland]] on several occasions; e.g., the '''Literature/RumbleFish'' soundtrack.

After Ridgway's departure, Marc and Chas struggled to keep the band alive. Luckily, three new menbers--singer Andy Prieboy, bassist Bill Nolan (who stood in for Bruce until he came back... and left again in about a year) and drummer Ned Leukhardt--joined up and the band released [[NewSoundAlbum a new album]], ''Seven Days in Sammystown''. One of ''Sammytown'''s tracks, "Far Side of Crazy", became a major hit in Australia, allowing the new WOV to make two more [=LPs=], the last one being a LiveAlbum.

After the last LP, the band got dropped by the label. Though most of the members faded into relative obscurity, Andy decided to continue. In 1990 he released ''... Upon My Wicked Son'', which consisted mostly of songs he wrote for WOV, with Ned on drums and Marc playing guitar on some of the tracks. After that, Andy released two more albums (the latest in 2010) and wrote the musical [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMtnugwkNE White Trash Wins Lotto.]] He wrote an original hit, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZBQGCI2hm0 "Tomorrow Wendy".]]

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The first main line-up, with Stan Ridgway on vocals, also had Marc Moreland (guitar), Bruce Moreland (bass, synthesizer), Chas T. Gray (synthesizer, vocals), and Joe Nanini (percussion). The band also extensively used a drum machine (given to Stan by voice acting legend Creator/DawsButler) to back them up on albums and in live performances, with Nanini usually adding fills on old pots and pans, cowbells, and various percussive toys. This After their first full release ''Dark Continent'', Bruce had to leave because of his drug problems. Bassist and producer Bill Nolan came in as a replacement, and this line-up (sans Bruce, who would return after the personnel change) would record the song, "Mexican Radio"

In 1983, after a performance at the US Festival, Stan Stan, Joe, and Joe Bill jumped ship. Stan would go on to make an impressive solo career for himself, with his latest album, ''Mr. Trouble'', released in 2012. He collaborated with [[Music/ThePolice Stewart Copeland]] on several occasions; e.g., the '''Literature/RumbleFish'' soundtrack.

After Ridgway's departure, Marc Marc, and Chas struggled to keep the band alive. alive, despite Bruce coming back just in (the wrong) time. Luckily, three two new menbers--singer Andy Prieboy, bassist Bill Nolan (who stood in for Bruce until he came back... and left again in about a year) Prieboy and drummer Ned Leukhardt--joined up and the band released a new single, ''Big City'' in 1985. [[NewSoundAlbum a A new album]], ''Seven Days in Sammystown''. Sammystown'' shortly followed. One of ''Sammytown'''s tracks, "Far Side of Crazy", became a major hit in Australia, allowing the new WOV to make two more [=LPs=], the last one being a LiveAlbum.

LiveAlbum. Bruce left the band ''again'' (same reasons) midway Happy Planet's sessions. Chas had to fill in for him, playing the bass on most of the record. Guest players were invited to live shows.

After the last live LP, the band got dropped by the label.[=IRS=] Records (along with many others, musical tastes were changing). Though most of the members faded into relative obscurity, Andy decided to continue. In 1990 he released ''... Upon My Wicked Son'', which consisted mostly of songs he wrote for WOV, with Ned on drums and Marc playing guitar on some of the tracks. After that, Andy released two more albums (the latest in 2010) and wrote the musical [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMtnugwkNE White Trash Wins Lotto.]] He wrote scored an original hit, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZBQGCI2hm0 "Tomorrow Wendy".]]
Wendy,"]] which was actually covered by ConcreteBlonde first.



Guitarist Marc Moreland passed in 2002 after complications from a liver transplant. However, he managed to record his own solo record, "Take It To the Spotlight", shortly before that. He also played with the one-shots ''Pretty and Twisted'' and ''Department of Crooks''.

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Guitarist Marc Moreland passed died in 2002 after complications from a liver transplant. However, he managed to record his own solo record, "Take It To the Spotlight", shortly before that. He also played with the one-shots ''Pretty and Twisted'' and ''Department of Crooks''.



Bruce Moreland formed a new act, ''Ravens Moreland'', and has been releasing records since 2007. More recently (as of 2012), he formed ''Something Died in Memphis''. He performed with Andy in concert in spring of 2014.

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Bruce Moreland got over his addictions (for good), and formed a new solo act, ''Ravens Moreland'', and has been releasing records since 2007. More recently (as of 2012), he formed ''Something Died in Memphis''. He performed played with Andy in concert in spring of 2014.
22nd Jun '14 12:23:57 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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Chas Grey left the music business behind, and now owns a mexican restaurant in Norway. Ned Leukhardt haven't been musically active as well.

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Chas Grey left the music business behind, and now owns a mexican restaurant in Norway. Ned Leukhardt haven't hasn't been musically active as well.
22nd Jun '14 12:23:16 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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Guitarist Marc Moreland passed in 2002 after complications from a liver transplant. However, he managed to record his own solo record, "Take It To the Spotlight", shortly before that. He also played with the one-shots '''Pretty and Twisted'' and ''Department of Crooks''.

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Guitarist Marc Moreland passed in 2002 after complications from a liver transplant. However, he managed to record his own solo record, "Take It To the Spotlight", shortly before that. He also played with the one-shots '''Pretty ''Pretty and Twisted'' and ''Department of Crooks''.
22nd Jun '14 12:23:06 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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Guitarist Marc Moreland passed in 2002 after complications from a liver transplant. However, he managed to record his own solo record, "Take It To the Spotlight", shortly before that. He was also played with the one-shots '''Pretty and Twisted'' and ''Department of Crooks''.

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Guitarist Marc Moreland passed in 2002 after complications from a liver transplant. However, he managed to record his own solo record, "Take It To the Spotlight", shortly before that. He was also played with the one-shots '''Pretty and Twisted'' and ''Department of Crooks''.
22nd Jun '14 12:21:27 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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Both Stan Ridgway and Andy Prieboy are still active, as of 2011. They performed together on Andy's song "Shine" (Stan was on harmonica).

Bruce Moreland formed a new band, ''Ravens Moreland'', and has been releasing records since 2007. More recently (as of 2012), he formed ''Something Died in Memphis''.

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Both Stan Ridgway and Andy Prieboy are still active, as of 2011.musically active. They performed together on Andy's song "Shine" (Stan was on harmonica).

Chas Grey left the music business behind, and now owns a mexican restaurant in Norway. Ned Leukhardt haven't been musically active as well.

Bruce Moreland formed a new band, act, ''Ravens Moreland'', and has been releasing records since 2007. More recently (as of 2012), he formed ''Something Died in Memphis''.
Memphis''. He performed with Andy in concert in spring of 2014.
22nd Jun '14 12:13:32 AM KlarkKentThe3rd
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After Ridgway's departure, Marc and Chas struggled to keep the band alive. Luckily, three new menbers--singer, Andy Prieboy, bassist Bill Nolan (who stood in for Bruce until he came back... and left again in about a year) and drummer Ned Leukhardt--joined up and the band released [[NewSoundAlbum a new album]], ''Seven Days in Sammystown''. One of ''Sammytown'''s tracks, "Far Side of Crazy", became a major hit in Australia, allowing the new WOV to make two more [=LPs=], the last one being a LiveAlbum.

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After Ridgway's departure, Marc and Chas struggled to keep the band alive. Luckily, three new menbers--singer, menbers--singer Andy Prieboy, bassist Bill Nolan (who stood in for Bruce until he came back... and left again in about a year) and drummer Ned Leukhardt--joined up and the band released [[NewSoundAlbum a new album]], ''Seven Days in Sammystown''. One of ''Sammytown'''s tracks, "Far Side of Crazy", became a major hit in Australia, allowing the new WOV to make two more [=LPs=], the last one being a LiveAlbum.
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