How Devo Became Devo

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Friday, April 03, 2009

You know them for their catchy futuristic-disco song "Whip It" and their iconic flowerpot-like head gear, but Devo has surprisingly serious origins. After witnessing the killings at Kent State, the band came together to address the heavy issues of the day in their music when no other bands would. Produced by Michael May.

    Music Playlist
  1. Whip It
    Artist: Devo
    Album: Freedom of Choice
    Label: Warner Bros
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Machine Gun
    Artist: Jimi Hendrix
    Album: Live at Filmore East
    Label: Experience Hendrix
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Jocko Homo
    Artist: Devo
    Album: Hot Potatoes: The Best of Devo
    Label: EMI
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. Mongoloid
    Artist: Devo
    Album: Hot Potatoes: The Best of Devo
    Label: EMI
    Purchase: Amazon

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Michael May

Comments [2]

george fillingham

It is only my opinion and I am only a small cog in the big machine, but I believe that May 4th, 1970 is one of the single most important days in the history of America. I could not believe that our government would do such a thing. I was a service person at the time and I wanted to burn my uniform. It was like the buildings and the streets and the lights in the windows no longer had any life or vibrance, the decay was exposed. Everything began to die. And everyone kept their mouth shut. Hence our silence on the Chinese and Teinaman(sp) Square and our torture of Getmo internees. Neil Young had it right when the "tin soldiers" of Nixon came, they turned us all "on our own", without a country and without a prayer.

Apr. 17 2009 01:14 PM
Landry

Thanks for the flashback and update ... have missed these guys. De-evolution indeed.

Apr. 05 2009 11:30 AM

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