Call of the West

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This article is for the music album. For the television series whose repeats were broadcast as "Call of the West", see Death Valley Days.
Call of the West
Call of the west cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1982
RecordedJuly 1982
GenreNew-wave, Dance, Darkwave, post-punk
LabelI.R.S. (USA)
Illegal (UK)
ProducerRichard Mazda
Wall of Voodoo chronology
Dark Continent
Call of the West
Seven Days in Sammystown
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceB[2]

Call of the West is the second studio album by Los Angeles new wave band Wall of Voodoo, released in September 1982. "Mexican Radio", released as a single and as a video that received moderate airplay on MTV, is the group's most well-known song.

Australian label Raven Records reissued a digitally remastered CD of Call of the West. It is coupled with the first Wall of Voodoo album, the long out of print Dark Continent.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tomorrow" – 3:03
  2. "Lost Weekend" – 4:59
  3. "Factory" – 5:33
  4. "Look at Their Way" – 3:18
  5. "Hands of Love" – 3:54
  6. "Mexican Radio" – 4:11
  7. "Spy World" – 2:41
  8. "They Don't Want Me" – 4:31
  9. "On Interstate 15" – 2:44
  10. "Call of the West" – 5:59
  • All music composed by Wall of Voodoo.
  • All lyrics composed by Stan Ridgway.
  • Note: The original cassette release of the album features a bonus track called "Exercise" at the end of side one, following "Hands of Love".





Year Chart Position
1983 Billboard Pop Albums 45


Year Chart Single Position
1983 Billboard Mainstream Rock "Mexican Radio" 41
Billboard Pop Singles 58


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Call of the West – Wall of Voodoo". AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 2, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 7, 2018.

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