URGH! was released in 1982, the same year that Wall of Voodoo‘s Call of the West came out – the record that contained the MTV hit “Mexican Radio”. It’s doubtful that URGH! provided any sort of popularity bump to Wall of Voodoo in the time leading up to that single’s release, but the video in URGH! is a great showing of the band’s stage presence, specifically singer Stan Ridgway. Always kind of an odd duck, he puffy-cheek sings, wanders around the stage, and lays down a supporting keyboard riff. More angular than their previously mentioned hit song, “Back In Flesh” is textbook early-80’s postpunk New Wave music, mixing keyboards, guitars & drum machines. Also check out the classic non-sequitur interstitial before the concert footage:
Back in Flesh
My favorite part: The “you can’t tell me what to do…screw you!” end to the back & forth breakdown two-thirds of the way into the song.
Where URGH! They Now?