"Mexican Radio" as written by Stanard Ridgeway Funsten, Charles T. Gray, Mark W. Moreland and Oliver Nanini....
I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
And the touch of a world that is older
Turn the switch and check the number
Leave it on when in bed I slumber
I hear the rhythms of the music
I buy the product and never use it
I hear the talking of the dj
Can't understand just what does he say?

I'm on a mexican radio
I'm on a mexican radio

I dial it in and tune the station
They talk about the u.s. inflation
I understand just a little
No comprende--it's a riddle

I'm on a mexican radio
I'm on a mexican radio

I wish I was in Tiajuana
Eating barbequed iguana
I'd take requests on the telephone
I'm on a wavelength far from home
I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
I dial it in from south of the border
I hear the talking of the dj
Can't understand just what does he say?

Radio radio...


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"Mexican Radio" as written by Mark W. Moreland Charles T. Gray

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    General Commenti have no clue what this song means but i know its amazing
    something_elseon March 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEver flipping through the FM dial and get a few Mexican stations crystal clear?--i guess this is the thoughts of a Man listening to Mexican Radio.

    those stations come in so well because there are no FCC regulations on broadcast strength in mexico, so the transmitters are VERY powerful
    regbon May 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song on an internet radio station, and thought it was great. I guess it is one of those songs inspired by a little, unimportant event that piqued the author's curiosity enough to sing about it. Anyway, it is good, and it is not often when digging through the radio dials do you get to hear Mexican Radio (there's a thought-bender for you).
    Ander Knighton March 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI asked one of my Spanish-speaking friends what the mumbled Spanish radio clips in the song mean. He said they're hard to understand, but one sounds like "estudiante de ingles que tan necesaro es" which means " student of the English language that is very useful." He told me they sounded like clips from a "learn English" infomerical. Which would be somewhat ironic considering the subject matter of the song.
    J.J.on June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI remember this song from the 80s and I just thought it was a kitschy, funny song. But consdiering the fact that Wall of Voodoo are from LA where there's a huge mexican american community I think this song is mean to be a politcal commentary about mexican american relations. In fact I think this song is as relavant today as it was back in 1982 when it first hit the airwaves.
    Sozlukon September 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, great song...too bad it was their only hit. Very underappreciated and underexposed band. I've never even seen their Dark Continent album available on CD.

    New wave did become trashy (when it became all about dancing and flocks of haircut 100's), but Wall of Voodoo was not that. Check out their version of Ring of Fire.
    Thor the Almightyon December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis might be a long shot, but does anyone have the lyrics for Andy Prieboy's solo material? He was the singer in Wall Of Voodoo after Stan Ridgeway, who sang on "Mexican Radio".
    vulture_pianoon March 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit is about picking up a mexican radio station on a guitar amp. just obscure enough for the 80's
    ndeli55on December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so awesome.

    I think it's just about some guy who tunes into a Mexican radio station.
    SethOmegaon November 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBarriers to clear communication-- language barriers, infrastructure (fuzzy signals), and the different lenses that we use to view our lives (making sense of U.S. inflation or, in remakes of the song, the Iraq invasion)-- don't need to limit curiosity. Meaningful communication can still be shared through the feeling // rhythm (as in sharing music).

    By the end of the song, he's imagining a radio DJ in Mexico. He has some fanciful ideas about what they eat there, and pictures himself taking song requests on the phone. Then he imagines tuning into the radio south of the border, and being unable to understand what the U.S. DJs are saying.

    Or, in a sense, language barriers may limit communication, but values do so even more because, even when he hears folks speak in English about issues such as U.S. inflation or the Iraq invasion, he still doesn't understand.

    So anyway, just wanted to point out that I don't think this song is strictly about Mexico or English/Spanish, so much as it's about communication and understanding in general.
    inteleckshualon April 17, 2014   Link

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