Wall of Voodoo was a New Wave band in The Eighties. Formed in Los Angeles 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 Something Completely Different, not unlike Devo. But instead of electronic dance music, their style was "Ennio Morricone meets New Wave". They made two original hits, "Mexican Radio" and "Far Side of Crazy".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 Daws Butler, the original voice of Yogi Bear) 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 Stewart Copeland on several occasions; e.g., the 'Rumble Fish soundtrack.After Ridgway's departure, Marc and Chas struggled to keep the band alive. Luckily, Andy Prieboy and drummer Ned Leukhardt joined up and the band released a new album, 'Seven Days in Sammystown, then two more, the last one being a live one.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 White Trash Wins Lotto. He wrote an original hit, "Tomorrow Wendy".Original drummer Joe Nanini passed away in 2000 of a brain hemorrhageGuitarist 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 the guitarist for the one-shots 'Pretty and Twisted and Department of Crooks.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.Two proper music videos were made for "Mexican Radio" and "Far Side of Crazy". A promotional video was made for "Call Box".Wall of Voodoo were signed to the I.R.S. label.
The band had provided examples of the following: