“Qː Are We Not Men? Aː We Are Devo!” by Devo - album review

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TJR says

De-evolution = the theory that we're de-evolving as a species was initially a bit of a joke, but who's to say we aren't dealing with Orwellian levels of prescient genius here? Ha! Several years of gestation finally led to their first full-length in August, 1978, with none other than Brian Eno (who seems omnipresent in this year) playing an important role in the production. Nice connections if you can get them. The dry jokers lined up: Mark Mothersbaugh (28, vocals, keyboards, guitar), Gerald Casale (30, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards), Bob Mothersbaugh (26, lead guitar, backing vocals), Bob Casale (26, rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Alan Myers (23, drums). [note: 2 sets of brothers, this is a tightly knit group broadcasting on the same wavelength.] There was some good stuff onboard; I particularly cared for “Come Back Jonee” (which turns out to be a rock n roll tribute to JFK) and the ever-building “Gut Feeling”, which begins in a 60s Byrds-esque Jangle, before moving on to a very Stranglers-like take on new wave and ending in a barbed assault which foretells the entire hardcore scene, fittingly seguing into the fast and furious punker “Slap Your Mammy”. Album highlight “Space Junk” features Eno playing additional synthesizers, as well as adding distorted vocals. It’s a song about death via flying rivot at 17,500 mph: “Well she was walking, All alone, Down the street, In the alley, Her name was Sally, I never touched her, She never saw it, When she was hit by (space junk), She was fragged by (space junk), She was killed by (space junk)”. Ouch. Poor Sally. They have a vivid imagination. Sing the absurb Devo, I like it.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:09] 6.7.png Devo - Uncontrollable Urge (Mark Mothersbaugh) New Wave
A2 [02:40] 6.0.png Devo - (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) New Wave
A3 [02:47] 5.9.png Devo - Praying Hands (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale) New Wave
A4 [02:14] 8.0.png Devo - Space Junk (Gerald Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh) New Wave
A5 [03:44] 6.8.png Devo - Mongoloid (Gerald Casale) New Wave
A6 [03:40] 6.9.png Devo - Jocko Homo (Mark Mothersbaugh) New Wave
B1 [01:57] 7.2.png Devo - Too Much Paranoias (Mark Mothersbaugh) New Wave
B2 [04:54] 7.4.png Devo - Gut Feeling / "(Slap Your Mammy)" (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh) New Wave
B3 [03:47] 7.5.png Devo - Come Back Jonee (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale) New Wave
B4 [02:40] 6.6.png Devo - Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin’) (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh, Gary Jackett) New Wave
B5 [03:05] 6.5.png Devo - Shrivel-Up (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh) New Wave

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