Everyone is on a Fucking Mexican Radio!

I recently had a mnemonic experience. My buddy Billie posted this on Facebook:

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Billie Russell

Whatever band covered “Mexican radio” that is all over the radio fucking sucks! There is only one band that can pull that one off! #AuthorityZero

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This lead to me to remember why we covered the song in the first place. Jason, Jeremy and I were doing preproduction for Andiamo in Long Beach with Miguel. Miguel has tons of vintage records and one of his favorites was Wall of Voodoo’s Call of the West which contained the single “Mexican Radio”.

He spun it and insisted that we should cover it. Now we were apprehensive because to me at least it was some weird ass song from the 80’s that I only knew from Beavis and Butthead. Miguel sold it in a great manner to us, he knew we could make it punk and that we could morph it to be relevant in the current Bush political climate.

Lava paid Stan Ridgway his licensing and 30% of the single’s net and it turned out pretty cool!

After Billie posted that there were other covers of the song, I wondered how many could there be?  Holy shit there are a lot!

Seeing this list of at least 12 covers of  “Mexican Radio” prompted me to query if anyone had covered our songs. I was pleasantly surprised!  There is an unending list of young people covering shit we did!!  Here are some fun examples:

 

This last one blew me away!  I would never thought to cover “Retreat” on a piano 😀 Shit I guess nor would have I covered “Chile con Crudo” in a similar fashion!

Below we have a cover true to the original. I keep posting these as I watch them.  This is a rabbit hole I am going to have to stop trekking down in a second.

 

Ok, this could go on forever. I’m just astounded and flattered that so many people covered our songs.  This must be how Stan Ridway feels.

Cheers!
~Gringo

P.S. Here are some vids of us covering other songs.  I forgot some of these moments due to booze!  Enjoy:

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