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Stan Ridgway

Stanridgway

Miami Vice Performer
Born
April 5, 1954, Barstow, California
Active
1979-present


Stan Ridgway (born April 5, 1954, Barstow, California) is an American singer-songwriter whose song "Pick it Up (and Put It In Your Pocket)" appeared in the episode "Phil the Shill" of the show Miami Vice.

CareerEdit

Ridgway began his career in the mid-1970s with Acme Soundtracks, a film scoring company he formed, with his office across the street from a Hollywood punk club.  By 1977, he had met Marc Moreland from The Skulls and Joe Nanini from The Bags and formed the New Wave / Gothic band Wall of Voodoo, known for their sound which drew inspiration from "Spaghetti Westerns", which is very prominent on their 1982/83 single "Mexican Radio", which was a modest hit in the States (peaking at #58 in 1983), but far bigger in Australia and New Zealand (peaking at #33 and #21, respectively).  Wall of Voodoo released two studio albums, an EP, and a live recording for the BBC before singer Ridgeway as well as percussionist Nanini and keyboardist and trumpeter Bill Noland left the band in 1983, and in 1984, Wall of Voodoo released an album of rarities featuring Ridgeway on vocals (the band continued to release two more studio LPs and a live album with Andy Prieboy on vocals and a live drummer replacing Ridgeway's drum machine and effects box, this lineup sometimes referred to by fans as "Wall of Voodoo II", before Wall of Voodoo finally disbanded in 1990). After leaving the band, Ridgeway pursued a solo career and released his first album in 1986, The Big Heat (featuring "Pick it Up (and Put It In Your Pocket)"), which he followed up with several additional LPs from 1989 to the present (his most recent, Mr Trouble was released in 2012).

He also formed the experimental music project, Drywall, which recorded four albums between 1995-2005. He has also been a guest musician for the dark cabaret band, Hecate's Angels.  Ridgway and Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, composed and performed the song "Don't Box Me In" for the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola film "Rumble Fish" costarring Laurence Fishburne.

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