Border Blaster

What does he say? Man, you don’t know Jack!

¡Hola mis amigos!  ¿Donde está?  OK, before I run into trouble with Google Translator and by trying to find all the special characters on this keyboard, I better stop pretending I can hablo español and just get on with the introduction to today’s post.  It’s lunes, everybody!  And that means it’s time for us to go way down south and wake up another song on siesta from that cantina of Aztec ruins we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  Señorita Scratchy, the cool caballo, has got another sultry salsa on tap for us to dance to, while the Sponkies take a few whacks at their Buster themed piñata.  We promise this refried classic will not give you a case of Montezuma’s revenge….

The early 80’s were a very strange time in music, as a lot of weird and eclectic sounds were emerging from all parts of the globe to try and get a piece of the pop music pie.  Any of these offbeat bands that couldn’t be categorized as punk wound up getting lumped into the catchall genre dubbed New Wave.  One of the more unique sounding groups to get a little New Wave notoriety was a Los Angeles outfit by the name of Wall of Voodoo, whose 1982 album Call of the West gave us one rock’s best loved songs about Mexico and their infamous radio stations that blasted their unregulated transmissions across the border in the middle part of the 20th Century…

I’m going to make Mexico pay for that Wall of Voodoo!

One of the foundations of New Wave’s success was the emergence of MTV in the early 80’s, and the quirky video Wall of Voodoo shot for “Mexican Radio” became a cult favorite in the station’s formative years, and helped propel the song to become the only reason anyone even remembers that the band ever existed…

While “Mexican radio” only got to #58 on the Hot 100 chart, and was at best a modest hit in a few other countries (but not Mexico, apparently)… its extremely eccentric sound, goofy lyrics and hilariously fucked up music video have helped to establish it as one of the 80’s best underground anthems.  WoV’s Wiki page describes them as a blend of synth pop and spaghetti western soundtrack god Ennio Morricone, if you can possibly imagine that…

Go tell it to the chair…….. and get off my lawn!

And if you ask me what my favorite lyric is from any song ever made…. I wouldn’t even have to think about it.  It leads off Mexican Radio’s third verse….

I wish I was in Tijuana
Eating barbecued iguana

Best. Rhyming. Imagery. Ever!

Not the most appetizing imagery ever, though…

Come back next Monday for another lost classic we had to smuggle over the border of obscurity.  ¡Hasta!


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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28 Responses to Border Blaster

  1. Gosh…….not familiar with that one but I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing??????


  2. omg another gem! I loved it and it is a super cool song for car driving (not when you sit in a traffic jam of course)

  3. Oh yes, sure do remember that one. Definitely one of those ear worms that stay with you. But for me, just that heavy beat and the only two words I ever made out of the lyrics 🎶…Mexican Radio…🎶 will fill my brain now for most of our morning walk. Happy Monday

  4. Merbear74 says:

    All is needs is a little barbecue sauce.

  5. Trisha says:

    That sounded vaguely familiar and was an entertaining way to get this day going! It’s still gonna take a lot more caffeine and ibuprofen to get me moving though. Maybe I need some barbecued iguana!

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Like the lyrics. Never heard of the group or the song. The 80s are rather a blur for me.

  7. draliman says:

    That was pretty darn cool! I had one of those tiny little keyboards but I never got an international hit out of it 😦

    • You needed somebody else to bang loudly on a drum every four beats to go with that tiny keyboard music. My Casio keyboard (which I couldn’t play) and my guitar (which I also couldn’t play) didn’t get me very far either….

  8. Holly says:

    Thank you for not featuring “Illegal Alien” instead. 😀

  9. ghostmmnc says:

    This is such a funny song! One of my favorites, and I’d added it to one of my home-made CDs a long time ago! 🙂

  10. LOL! I remember this one well. Ra-di-o! Ra-di-o!

  11. Quirky Girl says:

    Barbecued iguana… well, sometimes the strangest things can be considered delicacies in foreign lands. 😛

  12. Ladybuggz says:

    Love this song..Great Tequila drinking music! What year did this come out?? early 80’s if I remember correctly! ??

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