Dark Continent (album)

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Dark Continent
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Studio album by Wall of Voodoo
Released August 18 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre New wave, post-punk
Length 35:50
Label IRS
Producer Jim Hill, Paul McKenna, Wall Of Voodoo
Wall of Voodoo chronology
Wall of Voodoo (EP)
Dark Continent
Call of the West

Dark Continent is the first full length album by Los Angeles new wave band Wall of Voodoo, released in 1981 on IRS Records. It reached #177 on the US album charts. The original compact disc version was released by A&M in 1992. Australian label Raven Records issued a digitally remastered CD of Dark Continent coupled with Call of the West in 2009.

A music video was produced for the song "Call Box (1-2-3)" and the band performed "Back in Flesh" in the 1981 concert film Urgh! A Music War. Early live versions of four songs ("Red Light", "Animal Day", "Back in Flesh" and "Call Box (1-2-3)") are featured on the Index Masters compilation.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic declared Dark Continent to be Wall of Voodoo's greatest album, pointing to the uniformly strong songwriting and the intensely original voice and style.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Wall of Voodoo.

  1. "Red Light" — 3:08
  2. "Two Minutes Till Lunch" — 2:55
  3. "Animal Day" — 3:13
  4. "Full of Tension" — 2:14
  5. "Me and My Dad" — 3:20
  6. "Back in Flesh" — 3:42
  7. "Tse Tse Fly" — 4:46
  8. "Call Box (1-2-3)" — 2:32
  9. "This Way Out" — 3:56
  10. "Good Times" — 2:29
  11. "Crack the Bell" — 3:33



External links[edit]

Raven Records page for Dark Continent/Call of the West