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The Soul You Save May Be Your Own: Devo's New Traditionalism In Action

Toby Goldstein, Creem, January 1982

"SHE HAS GOT the rap down right!" says Devo's Jerry Casale with a mixture of admiration and awe. The waitress in the Garden coffee shop of Kansas City's lavish Crown Center Hotel had brought us menus, taken our orders, delivered our lunches and presented the check without once altering her painted-on cheer or dropping her sunny disposition. Finally, when she said, all innocently, "I enjoyed having you," in a little-girl voice, we couldn't take it any more, and started acting like real snots. Imagine if one of those smiling yellow buttons had just served you a meal.

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