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    Anything Devo in this thread. Just recently heard some of their new stuff, not sure if I like it, but hey, it's their first album since 1996! One of the weirdest bands I have ever seen or heard. Favorite song is probably Mongoloid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deaf Jeff View Post
    Anything Devo in this thread. Just recently heard some of their new stuff, not sure if I like it, but hey, it's their first album since 1996! One of the weirdest bands I have ever seen or heard. Favorite song is probably Mongoloid.
    Give it some time jeff. It grows on you like a fungus. I really enjoy the keyboard in it, if you listen closely there is a ton of cool **** on it. I'm a huge devo fan. Favorites would be Gates of Steel, Gut Feeling, Be Good Johnny. There are a few average songs on the album but overall i really enjoyed it. The lyrics are genius. The vocals are fantastic. I guess the only problem i had was the guitar was kind of lacking for a devo album overall but i think Mothersbaugh really wanted to integrate the keyboard more. Great musicians, Great album.

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    Also there is a review of SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY in the archives.

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    DEVO is an amazing live band. Saw them on Lollapalooza tour eight years ago. Still kicking a$$. It's just a shame they don't play their songs at punk light speed like they used to in the late 70s into the 80s.

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    yeah I really wish I could have seen them in the early days, like sooooo many other bands

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    Such a fantastic band! Love "Gates Of Steel".

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    DEVO was formed by lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh and bassist Gerald Casale in the early 70s while studying art in college in Ohio. Their quirky, jerky rhythmic synth sound and identical costumes became their trademark. The band has always consisted of mainly Mark and Gerald and their brothers. DEVO was originally conceived as satire for their views on the "de-evolution" of society. By the late 70s, the band garnered much critical attention with their controversial political views, videos and song content (they are athiest and have been openly and satirically critical about the hypocrisy of religion's influence on society). By 1978, they recorded their debut album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO produced by Brian Eno. Some of the highlights of the album "Jocko Homo", "Mongoloid", "Uncontrollable" Urge" and a robotic cover of The Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get No Satisfaction". DEVO garnered national attention with an appearance on Saturday Night Live that same year.

    By their third album, Freedom of Choice (1980), they would have their biggest commercial success with their most popular song, "Whip It" along with "Girl U Want". Also by this time, they relied on an even heavier mix of synthesizers and became known as a synth pop band. Fridays, a rival show of SNL in the early 80s from Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David on ABC would feature DEVO several times giving them more national exposure.

    Throughout the later part of the 80s their albums and music drew less and less attention as they became more of a parody of themselves with their wild outfits and satirical message. By 1990, they broke up as a national act, though as a dual family band they still worked together on projects like tv commercials for Dell computers and Honda scooters.

    Mark Mothersbaugh had already been doing movie, tv and video game soundtrack work since the 80s, most notably the theme and background music for Pee Wee's Playhouse, Rugrats, Beakman's World and still does soundtrack work today and is featured as a guest character on the kids' show, Yo Gabba Gabba! on Nick jr. Check out his work on Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs, Happy Gilmore, Rushmore and Lords of Dogtown.

    After taking off the first half of the 90s, a re-engerized DEVO reunited and started making appearances at concert festivals like Lollapalooza. They also began to lease out their music for commercials and advertising and composing for Disney projects. As they began to re-release remastered versions of earlier albums, DEVO decided to reform as interest in their music increased. Their latest album, Something For Everybody, is their first album in 20 yrs.



    "Uncontrollable Urge" from Are We Not Men? We Are DEVO! '78. Live version from Urgh!! A Music War. My personal favorite.


    "Satisfaction" from Are We Not Men? We Are DEVO!


    "Whip It!" from Freedom of Choice '80


    "Girl U Want" and "Gates of Steel" from Freedom of Choice. Live version from Fridays.


    "Jerkin' Back and Forth" from New Traditionalists '81. Another favorite of mine.
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    Loves me some Devo!

    YouTube - Heavy Metal, Taarna - Part 1

    FFwd to about the 2 minute mark.

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