Auto Tune: “Goin’ Southbound” by Stan Ridgway

August 12th, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

Stan-Ridgway-Mosquitos-547054If you don’t know the musician Stan Ridgway, just think Humphrey Bogart with a Fender Stratocaster. He was the frontman for the MTV-friendly ‘80s band Wall of Voodoo, but he went on his own to put out some of the most intriguing albums of the late 20th Century. His first, “The Big Heat” from 1986, could’ve been a soundtrack from one of those 1940s black and white Billy Wilder films if you didn’t know better. Moody and cinematic, he didn’t so much give us songs as he did visual stories mixed with music: not spoken word but legitimate songs that happened to act like small films.

On his second album a few years later, Mosquitos, he again took us into a world of characters and crime performed in a dark cohesive structure.

This week’s Auto Tune entitled “Goin’ Southbound” comes from Ridgway’s sophomore effort. Take a listen and see the kind of stories he creates.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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