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Stan Ridgway's Twisted Charm

Laura Fissinger, Spin, May 1986

POP MUSIC'S intelligentsia claims Stan Ridgway as one of its own — seeing that no one else has really tried, maybe they have that right. After all, he did helm one of the intelligentsia's favorites, Wall of Voodoo, until his defection in 1983. But Stan's only about half intelligentsia himself; the other half isn't quite as polyconceptual. "Like I was reading the annual Village Voice Pazz and Jop Poll article," he's saying. "God, it's so Byzantine. It was like, hey, I understand what you're saying, but my God! Have a drink!"

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