You probably know them all by sound if not by name.
Cake: Going the Distance and Short Skirt, Long Jacket – great video. Nothing’s funnier than people who hate your music.
Ridgway: Mexican Radio (Wall of Voodoo).
Doughty: Super Bon Bon and Soundtrack to Mary (Soul Coughing).
All three with a similar weirdo-clever-nasally-talky-singing storytelling style. Which I love. But you don’t have to.
Ridgway is now recording as part of Drywall, a self-described “electro/experimental noise combo”. Wall of Voodoo continued to record strange music after his departure, with “Way in the Back of the Laundromat” being a highlight of one album. (Lyrical description of the beautiful woman the narrator spies there, as I remember it: “Hair of gold / skin like silk / like a golden sunrise on a sea of milk“.)
A recent discovery that reminded me of all three of them: Flobots. Frankly, I’d say ignore the video and just listen. It sneaks up on you that way.