Authority Zero – Mexican Radio (Music Video)

“Mexican Radio” is a song written and performed by the band Wall of Voodoo, and produced by Richard Mazda. The track was initially made commercially available on their 1983 album Call of the West. The song peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[1] in the U.S. while peaking at #64 in the U.K, […]

“Mexican Radio” is a song written and performed by the band Wall of Voodoo, and produced by Richard Mazda. The track was initially made commercially available on their 1983 album Call of the West. The song peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[1] in the U.S. while peaking at #64 in the U.K, #33 in Australia, and #21 in New Zealand.

Cover versions

Arizona-based punk rock band Authority Zero featured a cover version on their 2004 album Andiamo with slightly modified lyrics; for instance, “They talk about the U.S. inflation” was replaced with “They talk about the Iraq invasion”.
Kinky, a Mexican electronic/rock band from Monterrey Mexico has covered this song as well. They kept the upbeat rhythm of the song with their own electronic twist and added some lyrics in Spanish. This version is in their album Reina De Lujo, and their Sassy EP, and also is featured in Need for Speed Undercover.
Bruce Lash gave the song the bossa nova treatment on his 2004 album, “Prozak for Lovers II” which also includes easy-listening versions of Nirvana’s “Lithium” and Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” among others.
Mike Keneally has played the song in live concerts with his band, Beer for Dolphins.
The intro synthesizer was sampled by the hip-hop group Cannibal Ox in the song “Iron Galaxy”.
Atlanta-based band doubleDrive covered the song as a hidden track in their 1000 Yard Stare album.
Swiss metal band Celtic Frost have also covered the song. They put it as the first song on their third album Into the Pandemonium.
South Park Mexican has a somewhat different version of the song, keeping the chorus more or less intact, but writing a completely new set of verses.
The math rock band Polvo contributed a cover of the song to Tannis Root Presents: Freedom of Choice, a 1992 sampler to benefit Planned Parenthood.
A first-person rendition (“I’m a Mexican / On the radio”) appears on the album Graciasland by El Vez, the “Mexican Elvis”.
French band Nouvelle Vague, who specialise in bossa nova covers of New Wave tracks, performed this song live in London on November 25, 2006.
Dutch band Gruppo Sportivo covered the song on their 1987 album “Back to 19 Mistakes”.
Austin, Texas band Vallejo covered the song on their album “Stereo” in 2002.

Music video

The music video for the song consist of the band performing in a studio decorated like the album cover. Interspersed are images of typical Mexican life and, near the end, the band are shown operating their own radio station (a reference to the lyric, “I’d take requests on the telephone”).



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