Friday, April 20, 2007

Lyrics of the Day

I own a huge collection of records and CDs, but I like to keep a list of "Top Five Songs I Don't Have." I guess it just reminds me that my collection isn't complete. For a long time "Whip It" was on that list, but then I got DEVO's Greatest Hits. "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's has been on the list for many years (and yes, the grammarian in me is irked by the unnecessary apostrophe in the band's name). So has this song, "Mexican Radio" by Wall Of Voodoo:

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?
Barbequed iguana! This may be the only time cooked lizards made it to the Billboard charts. And notice there's an iguana on the band's homepage. Before any of you spelling or geography geeks write to point out that Tijuana is misspelled above, that's the way vocalist Stan Ridgway pronounces it (the extra syllable is important because it fits the meter).

I remember watching the video for "Mexican Radio" in the early days of MTV, or at least the early days of our house having cable TV. But the only scene I remember is Ridgway's(?) head popping up in a bowl of beans near the end. I used to watch the whole video just waiting for that part.

UPDATE 04/22/2007 - Of course the video is on YouTube. Funny how the head in the beans is only shown for literally a second, considering how well I remember the image.

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