STAN RIDGWAY The Drywall Project / The Drywall Incident (1997)

The Drywall Project/The Drywall Incident (1997)
Stan Runs The Voodoo Down

Wall of Voodoo fans can rejoice in this 1997 Australian release, a 2CD “Deluxe Edition” (of sorts) of Stan Ridgway’s largely ignored 1995 release, Work The Dumb Oracle (issued under the group moniker, Drywall). Though Work The Dumb Oracle sank like a stone when his record company closed shop, musically the LP was a welcomed return to form for the Wall of Voodoo frontman, and was filled to the brim with his dryly detached sing-song monologues and churning industrialized rock. The bonus disc of previously unreleased instrumental music is more of the same strange brew. It’s tagged as “Incidental Music From The Drywall Incident,” but isn’t a soundtrack of any recognizable kind. As fans know, as distinctive as Ridgway’s vocals are, his driving, mechanical attack is equally fundamental to his overall sound, so this alt-viewpoint is a welcomed addition. The Drywall name and concept was a one-shot deal, until 10 years later when Stan released a 2005 follow-up, Barbecue Babylon. Find this rare Australian 2CD import at Amazon, HERE.

The Drywall Project (Work The Dumb Oracle)
Back Towards Diamond Bar (2:08)
Police Call (5:19)
New Blue Mercedes (3:33)
Bel Air Blues (4:51)
Hell in a Handbasket (2:11)
Highway Song (4:58)
Mr. Smith (5:29)
Time Wave Zero (5:25)
Old Bent Coin (2:32)
My Exclusive Sex Club (2:46)
Triangle Head (2:55)
Big American Problem (7:09)

Incidental Music From The Drywall Incident
Blue Fog (3:51)
Confusion At The Alibi Room (1:46)
Violence And Murder (0:19)
The Drywall Incident (3:42)
Flight To Earth (3:03)
Riot In Dogtown (3:55)
Wexstun Burns The Money (2:39)
Downtown Doorbell (0:34)
Ivan’s Walk For Food (1:35)
Ridgway Trouble (0:53)
Bring Me The Head Of Jackie Lazar (2:07)
Pinkerton Weeps For Dummy (1:53)
SR Talks Gun Control (1:25)
Questions, Then? (3:40)
Drywall Is God (6:00)
The Visitors Are Here (1:55)
A Pencil For Jacob (1:23)
Grasso Gets Fired (2:14)
The Drywall Incident Demo (3:01)

15 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    August 31, 2012 - 10:07 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    puffnrandy
    August 31, 2012 - 14:04 | Permalink

    Thanks Cap’n, I’ve been a fan of Mr. Ridgway for many years & have the “Work the Dumb Oracle” album and play it often. I’m really looking forward to the “The Drywall Incident”. There’s something about listening to Stan that transports you into the gritty ‘black & white’ world he creates with his lyrics & music. He’s the real deal.

    • 3
      Willard
      August 31, 2012 - 18:54 | Permalink

      He is! I met him once at a small club show in the 80s. Nice guy, and just as dry as his music might suggest. Thanks for chiming in.

  • 4
    Anonymous
    August 31, 2012 - 14:51 | Permalink

    …ooo weee — learn somethin’ new every day! Can’t wait to hear this, thanks again and again for being my ever-day make the scene place to be – yer swell, Cap’m — really. ~junko

  • 6
    Sean
    September 1, 2012 - 14:57 | Permalink

    Love Ridgway, thanks.

    Always thought “Mexican Radio” was the perfect 45, “Call of the West” an under-the-radar classic, and the solo career to be filled with over-looked gems.

  • 7
    Sean
    September 1, 2012 - 17:45 | Permalink

    My new favorite album! Thanks, Willard. First The Balancing Act and now this unknown gem from Ridgway. 80s LA lives in 2012!

  • 8
    Sled
    October 12, 2012 - 13:53 | Permalink

    Ah, but The Drywall Incident IS a soundtrack, to the film of the same name.

    As I recall the background, Stan took the pittance the label gave him to produce an “EPK” – remember those? – and instead had associate CG shoot a 16mm b&w movie that ran about 40 mins; a sort of inside joke on the record biz, free-floating paranoia and the conspiratorially inclined. Features grey aliens and the artist formerly known as Wazmo Nariz.

    • 9
      Willard
      June 28, 2014 - 19:54 | Permalink

      You’re right, many thanks. There’s a 7-1/2 minute vid at YouTube.

  • 10
    Indiana Scott
    June 30, 2014 - 10:53 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard! Making me go back and listen to Wall Of Voodoo too! Forgot how much I loved them & Ridgway’s solo career. Saw Wall Of Voodoo open for Devo back in 1982 while in college. Great times!

  • 11
    RobJam
    July 1, 2014 - 09:22 | Permalink

    This is an “instant classic” release. I’ve enjoyed this for many years. I chatted with Stan a couple of years back and I told him so. He asked what I thought of Barbecue Babylon, and I said uh, not so much in comparison. I think he was somewhat insulted, but hey, he asked. I felt badly about the conversation since then as BBQ Babylon has grown on me somewhat…
    Anyways, thanks for posting this relatively unknown gem Willard.

  • 12
    long time reader, first time poster
    July 1, 2014 - 14:50 | Permalink

    there is a version of this out on DVD, The drywall Incident movie that is, its hidden on the Holiday in Dirt Movie that came out a few years ago. that being said the album is way better than the film

  • 13
    Camarillo Brillo
    July 2, 2014 - 09:33 | Permalink

    Awesome! Never knew of this one…it sounds great….Saw Stan a few years ago at Ramshead in Annapolis, MD….thanks so much for sharing!

  • 14
    July 4, 2014 - 23:03 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, nice ones, hadn’t heard them before. Last year I was lucky enough to find his Anatomy album second hand here in Bangkok, another excellent Ridgway album. Let me know if you would like to post it.

    • 15
      Willard
      July 5, 2014 - 21:54 | Permalink

      Thanks Doc. Got it… and probably should post it, thanks.

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