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  DevoBook.com: ARE WE NOT MEN? WE ARE DEVO! | Deviants in a Post-Modern World
Devo were an example of art and industry coming together to produce a unique musical hybrid.
"When Devo's concepts and music wormed their way into my consciousness, I realized that this was the new prog; this is the future; this is all that matters.
Regardless of Devo’s insistence that truth can not be known, this book convincingly exposes the creation of a cult phenomenon.
www.devobook.com   (747 words)

  Devo - Classic US Punk
The idiot bastard offspring of Roxy Music and the collected sour grapes of the '70's, Devo were a bitter and caustic piece of science fiction; a fantasy distillation of a peculiarly American reality.
Devo's delivered their theory of devolution through their spectacular manipulation of image and images playing - along with their lyrical bizarreness - on the audience intrigue factor.
Devo reacted to a state of mind you could sense simply by reading the newspapers; the immutable, impersonal weight of a world out of control.
www.punk77.co.uk /groups/devo.htm   (390 words)

 Devo - Live 1980 DualDisc Review
DEVO wastes no time getting to the classic that everyone knows, “Whip It.”; At the time, it was just an up-and-coming hit that was starting to make waves at alternative rock radio, played by DJs like the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer at KROQ in Los Angeles.
Nothing DEVO does is that spectacular from a musical standpoint and much of the songwriting sounds pretty simple, sophomoric even, by today’s standards, but it was groundbreaking at the time.
DEVO was a big kick in the pants for pop music and a segue into New Wave, using tinges of both disco and punk rock in their sound.
www.avrev.com /music/revs/devo.shtml   (811 words)

 Devo and Freedom of Choice
Devo are regarded at best as a novelty act, parading amongst the likes of The Archies and Right Said Fred.
Devo was unwilling to relinquish themselves to being simply a synth-pop band and made sure that the guitar remained a driving force in their music.
I like to hold to Devo purity and say that the influx of this subject was not an attempt to garner commercial success, but hell, that’s probably exactly what is was.
www.forbisthemighty.com /pages/devo.htm   (1311 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Devo
Under the Devo banner, however, the only music to surface during this era was the woefully mistitled E-Z Listening Disc — an hour-plus CD containing the group's smugly straightfaced (and barely recognizable) schlocky instrumental remakes of nineteen Devo songs — originally available on the mail-order-only E-Z Listening cassettes.
Lost and confused, Devo attempts to sound like Human League, sings of being a "Disco Dancer" with far too little irony and essays a witless cover of "Don't Be Cruel" that reveals a rather profound absence of humor.
Serving as both a reminder of Devo's past greatness and the evident futility of its continued existence, a matching pair of compilations was issued at the end of 1990.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=devo   (1197 words)

 Devo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Devo actively embraced the Church of the SubGenius, a parody religious cult.
Devo remained popular in countries such as Australia, where the nationally broadcast '70s-'80s pop TV show Countdown was one of the first programs in the world to broadcast their video clips.
Devo were pioneers of the music video, thanks in part to their frequent early collaborator, director Chuck Statler.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Devo   (2297 words)

 Oh Yes, It’s Devo: An Interview with Jerry Casale
The band Devo is definitely worthy of the term "enigma".
Beneath the quizzical nature of their music and physical presence, the band Devo was supported by a whole philosophical tenet known as devolution (hence the name Devo).
Devo founder, Jerry Casale, is now a commercial making mad man. He is the man behind the Dick commercials for Miller Lite.
members.tripod.com /vermontreview/Interviews/devo.htm   (2201 words)

 Devo St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
While Devo did adopt a more accessible sound at their commercial peak, they never toned down the "weirdness factor," something that may have alienated mainstream audiences once they ran out of ultra-catchy songs.
Devo was formed by brothers Jerry and Bob Casale (bass and guitar, respectively) and Mark, Jim, and Bob Mothersbaugh (vocals, drums, and lead guitar, respectively--Alan Myers replaced Jim Mothersbaugh early in Devo's career).
Devo's popularity and artistic quality steadily dropped off with their release of New Traditionalists, Oh, No! It's Devo, and Shout, all of which replace the playful quirkiness of their earlier albums with a more heavy-handed rendering of their philosophy (which may have been a reaction to their brief popularity).
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_bio/ai_2419200304   (734 words)

 Devo - Biography - AOL Music
Devo became a cult sensation, helped in part by their concurrent emphasis on highly stylized visuals, and briefly broke through to the mainstream with the smash single "Whip It," whose accompanying video was made a staple by the fledgling MTV network.
With friend Bob Lewis, who joined an early version of Devo and later became their manager, the theory of de-evolution was developed with the aid of a book entitled The Beginning Was the End: Knowledge Can Be Eaten, which held that mankind had evolved from mutant, brain-eating apes.
Devo's big break came with its score for the short film The Truth About De-Evolution, which won a prize at the 1976 Ann Arbor Film Festival; when the film was seen by David Bowie and Iggy Pop, they were impressed enough to secure the group a contract with Warner Bros.
music.aol.com /artist/devo/4080/biography   (942 words)

 DevoBook.com: CHAPTER 7 | ARE WE NOT MEN? WE ARE DEVO! | Deviants in a Post-Modern Worl
Whether they appreciated it or not, the members of the Devo circle were steeped in a culture that fed and nurtured their decidedly outsider notions.
Devo’s landmark deconstruction of the Rolling Stones’; “Satisfaction” is a pinnacle of the band’s intent to strip out one kind of artifice (white artists acting like fl men) and replace it with another (white artists acting like robots).
Devo would be the equivalent of autoerotic asphyxiation, the sexual technique of partly hanging oneself during masturbation to achieve a more intense orgasm.
www.devobook.com /chapter7.html   (2918 words)

 Devo: Nostalgia
The Devo story began in the heartland of America (Ohio, to be specific), when art-school students Mark Mothersbaugh and Bob Casale met during the early 1970’s.
However, Devo’s true breakthrough arrived in 1980 with Freedom Of Choice, a dynamic album that polished their mixture of pop, punk and electronics to a new level of refinement.
In 1984, Devo released Shout!, an album containing a typically wacky techno-deconstruction of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Are You Experienced?” It was their last album for a while, as the group’s members took a break and turned to other projects.
www.skooldays.com /categories/music/mu1203.htm   (877 words)

 Devo Tickets, Devo Concert Tickets at StubHub!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Devo concert tickets are available, and this legendary rock band is sure to pack the house everywhere they go.
Devo's style has been classified in many ways, including punk, art rock and post-punk, but this is a band without a true genre, as their creativity overtakes every performance.
Devo tickets will bring you elements that are unexpected, but the one thing you can bank on is an electrifying show.
www.stubhub.com /devo-tickets   (455 words)

 Devo 2.0: Devolving into kids' music
This impressive feat of age and sex transmogrification is in service of "Devo 2.0," a new CD/DVD that takes the music, attitude and look of Devo (minus the cynicism and mature themes) and repackages and updates them for the Z generation.
The kids' instrumental skills may not have made the CD - the music was recorded by Devo - but their enthusiasm for the material is infectious, particularly that of front girl Nicole.
The eight videos feature the group in their spiffy Devo 2.0 outfits as they wiggle, jiggle, jump and prance with preteen energy, while Casale's digital animations add a flair of surreal humor to the sensory overload.
www.azcentral.com /ent/music/articles/0314devo0314.html   (790 words)

 Devo: Album Reviews, Biography - MOG   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Devo covering “Satisfaction” has to be one of the best covers ever made.
Devo and Otis Redding will always be in a perpetual battle for the ultimate version of this song.
Devo was one of new wave’s most innovative and successful bands and was also perhaps, one of its most misunderstood.
mog.com /music/Devo   (809 words)

 Wired 14.05: Devo Is Dead. Long Live Devo.
It's the final night of Devo's latest reunion tour, and keyboardist Mark Mothersbaugh and his bandmates are jumping around the stage in identical yellow radiation suits and crimson flowerpot headgear.
Devo was always as much an art project as a rock band, and devolution was its core concept: the notion that society is becoming less, rather than more, intelligent.
The Devo tour is over, and Mothersbaugh has traded his hazmat suit for a bright print shirt and settled back into the West Hollywood home he shares with his wife and newly adopted daughter.
www.wired.com /wired/archive/14.05/devo.html   (978 words)

 Rolling Stone : Devo
Their ludicrous costumes and ultrastiff delivery were barbed jokes about profound alienation, and they used synthesizers to make their point because those were the most inhuman-sounding instruments a...
Devo was a highly elaborate and pretty good joke.
Embarking on a furious, mystic mission to redeem rock of its signature "excesses" -- passion, rhythm, tunefulness, and aspirations to meaning -- these '80s postmodernists dubbed themselves "suburban robots here to entertain corporate life forms." The product of a sensibility spun from William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Kraftwerk, and drive-in sci-fi,...
www.rollingstone.com /artists/devo   (160 words)

 Devo Discography at CD Universe
Devo had an arsenal of past video clips at their disposal, the band benefited greatly from the station's support.
They'll forever be known for their infamous flowerpot hats, but more importantly, Devo was one of the architects of American new wave in the late 1970s and early '80s, whether spastically deconstructing the Stones' "Satisfaction" or churning out irresistible synth hooks.
Devo paved the way for both synth-pop and geek-rock.
www.cduniverse.com /search/xx/music/artist/Devo/a/Devo.htm   (287 words)

 Amazon.ca: Are We Not Men? We Are Devo: Music: Devo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The reviewer that wrote something about DEVO ripping off some idiotic Euro-dweebs has no idea that almost all of the songs on this perfect album were being developed since 1974-75.
DEVO created a kind of glorious primitive futurism that is complex while being darkly funny.
DEVO are part freak show, part futurist, part goon and 100% pure godhead.
www.amazon.ca /Are-We-Not-Men-Devo/dp/B000002KJ1   (922 words)

 ::DEVO LIVE 2005 Tour Report::
DEVO fans are some of the nicest people I've ever met.
Two DEVO related events are scheduled on the same day - The DEVO concert at Hammerstein Ballroom on the 10th, followed immediately by Mark Mothersbaugh's Postcard Diary art show at FUSE Gallery, which was also promoted as the official DEVO after party.
After DEVO's set, I hopped in a cab and rushed to the Mothersbaugh art show at FUSE Gallery, which was already in progress, and packed full of Devotees.
www.devo-obsesso.com /obsesso/html/news_pgs/tour_05-2.html   (1084 words)

 Devo Tickets - Cheap Devo Concert Shows Tickets At Onlineseats
Devo's music still possesses a special ability to make the world you take for granted seem interesting and odd.
The philosophical principle on which Devo operated, and from which they took their shortened name, was devolution: the theory that mankind, rather than progressing, has actually embarked on a negative curve.
Despite falling out of fashion as the 80s wore on, Devo, nevertheless, saw themselves venerated in the new decade by bands who hailed their early work as a significant influence.
www.onlineseats.com /devo-tickets/index.asp   (1207 words)

 Amazon.com: Devo - Greatest Hits [Warner Brothers]: Music: Devo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The wonderful weirdness that is Devo emerged during a very bleak season in pop music; they were indeed a welcome breath of odd air.
Devo's minimalist, abrupt style caused many to label them as punk, but they were far too smart and musically innovative to fit under this heading.
Devo's lyrics were sly and worth listening to, and the visual element of their presentation put the icing on the stainless steel cake.
www.amazon.com /Devo-Greatest-Hits-Warner-Brothers/dp/B000002LNG   (1061 words)

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The original members of DEVO rerecorded ten of their old songs (some with revamped lyrics) and two brand new ones with DEVO 2.0, a group of five talented kids aged 10-13.
DEVO's most famous songs all make appearances, including "Freedom of Choice," "Girl U Want" (both in original form and rewritten as “Boy U Want” to more appropriately accommodate lead singer Nicole) and the platinum-certified hit "Whip It," a music video staple for a fledgling MTV network in the early 1980s.
DEVO is: Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Gerald V. Casale (vocals, bass, keyboards), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar, vocals), and Bob Casale (guitar, keyboards, vocals).
www.shorefire.com /artists/devo/pr_devo_01_13_06.html   (590 words)

 Devo Presents Adventures of the Smart Patrol for PC Review - PC Devo Presents Adventures of the Smart Patrol Review
Devo has gone digital and the result is utterly devastating.
These elements comprise the goods that all great adventure games are made of; however, in Devo's case any sense of normality, of practical interface and order from an adventure gamer's point of view, is flushed down the toilet.
Sinking to an absolute low, players in Devo's stomach-upsetting world must in one scene endure a painfully carried-out act of inanity that involves spoonfuls of creamy chocolate pudding - a once-wholesome foodstuff that, after watching Devo's force-feeding of, players will likely never look at in the same way or have an appetite for again.
gamespot.com /pc/adventure/devopresentsaotsp/review.html?...&q=hutsko   (708 words)

 Amazon.com: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!: Music: Devo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
On their inimitable cover of the Rolling Stones' youth anthem, "Satisfaction," Devo's avant-garde robot funk takes the song to a new level of alienation and discontent.
The album actually was the band's second release, as producer Brian Eno worked with Devo on a 12-inch EP that covered much of the same quirky frontier, but had what I feel is a far-surperior rendition of Jocko Homo.
DEVO has not been given appropriate credit for their contributions to modern music.
www.amazon.com /Q-Are-Not-Men-Devo/dp/B000002KJ1   (1714 words)

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