Friday, November 19, 2004

It’s pronounced Deeevo!!!


"Devo work on a powerful,
abrasive cut and thrust,
which also happens to be
utterly danceable..."
J.B., Melody Maker, 9/2/78

Somebody else has said: “There are two kinds of people: those who get Devo, and those who don't” Now, that might sound extreme, but Devo were a band extremities. In the Devo biography (Sorry, the only Devo biography): Are We Not Men? We Are Devo, Jade Dellinger talks about how the band came into existence, and focuses primarily on the early years. They wanted to provoke a reaction from their music, and their music was intended to both attract and repel listeners. Now, I don’t know about any of that, but they certainly weren’t new wave OR punk. They were something else. Simply Saucer might have seen a future with robots, but Devo were robots – Or at least sounded like they were…? They wanted to be robots.

DEVO were actually catchy electro pop riffs… I mean Mark Mothersbaugh (Vocals and Synth keyboards) Gerald V. 'Jerry' Casale (Vocals and Bass), Bob Mothersbaugh 'Bob1' (Guitar), Bob Casale 'Bob2' Guitar and Synth Keyboards). And over the years on Drums Jim Mothersbaugh 1974 - 1976, Alan Myers 1976 - 1985, David Kendrick 1986 - 1990 and most recently Josh freese 1996 - present. They were innovators. The future. We just have a wait a while before we catch up with them.

The following track is well, incredible. You have the layers of keyboard, a swirling intro and when bass and when the drums kick in this song just comes alive. Beautiful if slightly disturbing, I give you Devo, and a great track from a perfect album. This song also features on the soundtrack for the new Wes Anderson film. Mark Mothersbaugh has had soundtrack duties on Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums – So you always knew there would be a Devo track featuring at some point.

Devo - Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy

So what are you waiting for? Buy buy buy! It’s dirt cheap!

4 Comments:

At 3:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great post, a great song, a great band that can sing a song called "Mongoloid" and make it rock and mean something real at the same time. Saw them in Milwaukee in the 80s.

 
At 4:04 am, Blogger guanoboy said...

god i love devo....

 
At 2:45 pm, Blogger Jack Dee said...

FUCK YEAH! great song! i can see it being good soundtrack material too. have gotta say wes anderson's flicks have had some good tunes!

 
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