Andy Prieboy (born April 17, 1955) is an American musician, songwriter, and author. He was lead singer of the band Wall of Voodoo from 1983 to 1988. He went on to record solo albums, musicals and wrote a novel.
Life and careerEdit
Prieboy was born in Los Angeles and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Early in his career, he was in the San Francisco art band Eye Protection, which had one track on the compilation Rising Stars of San Francisco: "Take Her Where The Boys Are". They also recorded a 7-inch single called "Elroy Jetson" with a b-side of "Go Go Girl" on Eleph Records.
Later, he replaced Stan Ridgway as the lead singer of Wall of Voodoo when Ridgway left the band in 1983. Seven Days in Sammystown was the first Wall of Voodoo album featuring Prieboy. This was followed up by Happy Planet and finally Ugly Americans in Australia, which was a live album they recorded to fulfill their recording obligations to IRS Records.
His first Wall of Voodoo single "Far Side of Crazy" is featured in the film Head Office. His demo for the song "Man Talk", which would finally appear on the album ...Upon My Wicked Son, was featured in the early Brad Pitt film Cutting Class as well as other unreleased Wall of Voodoo demos. These same demos appeared in the film C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.. He also appears in the film Blood and Concrete along with a few of his original songs (in that movie, Jennifer Beals sings his song, "One Girl in a Million").
After leaving Wall of Voodoo, Prieboy signed with MCA Music Publishing as a songwriter and went to work on new material for his first solo record ...Upon My Wicked Son, which featured the song "Tomorrow Wendy," about a woman dying of AIDS. The song featured a duet with Johnette Napolitano, whose band Concrete Blonde also recorded the song and released it on their album Bloodletting the same year. The music video was directed by Thomas Mignone. MTV initially rejected the song's lyrical content and tone but Prieboy and Mignone decided to feature the decaying cities of Hammond and Gary in Indiana as the "Wendy" character and the video received Buzz Bin status at MTV. The song was also covered by the industrial project System Syn in early 2000s. Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris covered his song "Loving the Highway Man" from the same album. Prieboy then released an EP called Montezuma Was a Man of Faith which featured a country rendition of "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, featuring an uncredited Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde. Prieboy's second solo album was entitled Sins of Our Fathers.
In the mid-to-late '90s Prieboy played shows at the Los Angeles club Largo with Rita D'Albert where they worked on an ongoing musical, White Trash Wins Lotto; a Gilbert and Sullivan-esque treatment of the rise and fall of an Axl Rose-like character. It was also performed at the Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip for three sold out weekend-long engagements as well as two sold out weekends at New York City's PS 122. Prieboy and crew also performed a medley from White Trash on the Conan O'Brien show.
He released several songs via his website for online purchase. In 2012 Prieboy released the four-song downloadable EP Every Lady Gets A Song, featuring accompaniment by former Dils bassist Tony Kinman and Devo drummer David Kendrick.
On December 20, 2016 he released his lost album Virtue Triumphs. The album was left unfinished and abandoned in 1992; it was meant to be the follow-up to his first solo work, ...Upon My Wicked Son. A corporate regime change ultimately swept him out, and the album stayed behind. This was his first body of work that was not beholden to Wall of Voodoo.
|1990||...Upon My Wicked Son||Doctor Dream Records|
|1995||Sins of Our Fathers||Doctor Dream Records|
|2016||Virtue Triumphs: The Lost and Unfinished Album 1990 - 1992 Vol. 1||Andy Prieboy|
|1990||Tomorrow Wendy||Musidisc, Intercord, Doctor Dream Records|
|1991||Montezuma Was a Man of Faith||Hot Mustard Records/Doctor Dream Records|
|2010||The Questionable Profits of Pure Novelty||Andy Prieboy Music|
|2010||Don't Tell That Guy Anything (Sketchbook Volume 1)||Andy Prieboy Music|
|2011||Every Lady Gets a Song||Andy Prieboy Music|
|2019||Every Night of My Life||Andy Prieboy|
|2019||All of Your Hard Times||Andy Prieboy|
|2008||Shine||Andy Prieboy Music|
|2008||Shine 2||Andy Prieboy Music|
|2012-10-05||The Death of New Wave||Malibu Ghraib Recordings|
|2013-04-08||My Happy Ending||Andy Prieboy|
|2013-04-24||Someday||Malibu Ghraib Recordings|
|2013-05-17||Wasn't That a Time?||Malibu Ghraib Recordings|
|2013-07-02||A Thousand Gorgeous Lies||Malibu Ghraib Recordings|
|2013-07-11||Donny and Goliath||Malibu Ghraib Recordings|
|2013-07-27||Your Side of Town||Malibu Ghraib Recordings|
|2015-11-21||How High My High||Andy Prieboy|
|2015-12-10||A Lot More Love||Andy Prieboy|
|2016-03-10||Too Late for Plans||Andy Prieboy|
|2016-04-22||Tomorrow Wendy (Day One Basic Vocal Track 1989) [feat. Johnette Napolitano & Scott Thunes]||Andy Prieboy|
|2016-09-20||Build a Better Garden (Unedited Version)||Andy Prieboy|
|2016-10-06||It's Not a Negative No||Andy Prieboy|
|2017-04-06||Heaven or Anaheim||Andy Prieboy|
- Discogs – Andy Prieboy – profile and discography
- Head Office Soundtrack
- Wadler, Joyce (October 26, 2011). "Merrill Markoe on Puppets and Monkey Portraits". The New York Times. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
- iTunes – Andy Prieboy – Music
- Prieboy, Andie. "Virtue Triumphs". andyprieboy.com. Andy Prieboy. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
- Discogs – Tomorrow Wendy – international releases