Bill Noland is a former founding member of the L.A. band, Human Hands and former member of Wall of Voodoo.
Human Hands formed in 1978 during the fledgling L.A. punk scene, but were more closely associated with what is loosely known as the Pasadena scene, bands with more of an art influence than the average L.A. punk band of the time. The original members were Dennis Duck, Juan Gomez, Bill Noland, Rick Potts and David Wiley. Human Hands' recordings include the 7" single "Trains vs. Planes" b/w "Blue Eel" and the 12" EP, "Jubilee," with DJ Bonebrake from X on added percussion. Independent Project Records released a first edition double-album compilation of the band's work in 1982 followed by a second edition in 1990. Between the two editions, IPR released "Hereafter" in 1988, a collection of the band's studio recordings. "Bouncing To Disc: The Complete Human Hands Vol. 1" was released in 1997 on CD by Grand Theft Audio. Human Hands played numerous live shows with some notable opening slots (particularly for Magazine at the Whisky-A-Go-Go on their first Los Angeles tour) and headlined many clubs, including Perkins Palace. The band broke up at the end of 1981. After the split, Dennis joined The Dream Syndicate with Steve Wynn, while Bill became a member of Wall of Voodoo and Juan formed The Romans with Michael Uhlenkott of Monitor and Keith Mitchell (later of Mazzy Star).
Wall of Voodoo recorded their biggest-selling album, "Call of the West" in 1982 and the disc contained the track, "Mexican Radio," their only Top 100 hit in the USA. The video for the song got a great deal of exposure on newly formed MTV. Noland was added as a keyboardist soon after the release of this album. That same year, Wall of Voodoo opened for The Residents on the cult band's inaugural tour, "The Mole Show," at Perkins Palace in Pasadena in early summer 1982 with Bill on keyboards, trumpet and backing vocals. Stan Ridgway and Bill Noland left Wall of Voodoo after the band performed at the 1983 US Festival for an estimated crowd of 150,000 fans.
After the split, Noland worked with Ridgway on a number of Stan's solo albums and projects as a writing collaborator, producer and audio engineer. He also produced numerous tracks for Thin White Rope, Field Trip, The Romans and various other bands and soundtracks.