This Week’s Show: Featuring Re-Play of Stan Ridgway Interview

Written by on August 20, 2008

This week, Revenge of the 80s Radio will feature a re-play of an interview with the legendary musician/singer/songwriter/storyteller Stan Ridgway. Most famous for being a founding member of Wall of Voodoo, Ridgway started in the music business writing scores for movies as his own company.


Ridgway talks during the interview about the need for musical innovation at the time of the late 1970a and early 1980s, when radio programming started becoming “safer” and generic.[amazonify]B00000DQKI[/amazonify] Many music listeners were tired of being force-fed the same mellow mainstream hits, watered-down disco and similar-sounding music industry formulaic songs; they wanted something different and Wall of Voodoo responded.

After Wall of Voodoo broke up, Ridgway went on his own and soon produced the international hit “Camouflage,” the success of which, he revealed, was something of an accident. We talk about songwriting, storytelling, creativity and his career into today, which includes a separate project known as “Drywall” and a stellar group led by his wife and longtime musical partner Pietra Wextrum called Hecate’s Angels.

Ridgway still tours and sells out several concerts every year with old and new fans. Tour information and news can be found on Stan’s excellent website.

We also featured music from artists including Madness, Amazulu, The Tourists and Devo.

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