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Devo: New Traditionalists (Virgin)

Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1982

NOW THAT Jerry Casale has seen the Devo concept actually take root in the California psyche – now that his theory of America has been borne out in practice – can he really see any further point in the perpetuation of its enterprise? As he once observed, "[people are] happy being pods, the mutation’s complete" – though of course, like Don Siegel before him, he knows there’s no need for an invasion of bodysnatchers in the first place.

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