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Devo (1978)

Interview by Mark Bliesener, Rock's Backpages audio, Spring 1978

The boys from Akron talk about their background and education; their audiences, and playing 'Jocko Homo' for 15 minutes; first recordings, and playing away from Ohio; being self-managed; filming The Truth About De-Evolution with Chuck Statler; signing to Warners; their stage presentation, and their unique versions of 'Satisfaction' and 'Secret Agent Man'.

File format: mp3; file size: 28.8mb; Interview length: 30' 01"; sound quality: ****

Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages audio, Summer 1988

Mark Mothersbaugh on de-evolution, DNA, and the new dystopia, plus retirement and reformation, and the desert that is Los Angeles

File format: mp3; file size: 45.6mb, interview length: 47' 29" sound quality: **

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Devo: You Say You Want A De-Evolution

Retrospective and Interview by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, August 2010

Well, you know, Devo changed the world. Uncut hears the story of Ohio's plantpot-hatted chroniclers of human absurdity. Or: how five snarky art-rockers consorted with ...

Devo: Freedom Of Choice (Virgin)

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 14 June 1980

Some of us out here are still Devo ...

The Concise NME Guide To Electronic Music & Synthesised Sound PART TWO — Synthesisers

Overview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 12 January 1980

POMP THE trouble with synthesisers is actually playing them, accepting their status as sound-generators and starting from scratch. Mechanical keyboards were included in early synth ...

Devo: Spud Wars

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 9 December 1978

They came from Outer Akron...Their purpose – Conquest.Their methods – Unpleasant.This was...Spud Wars ...

Devo: New Traditionalists (Virgin)

Review by 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 ...

The Devo Dilemma

Report and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 10 December 1981


Devo: Freedom Of Choice (Virgin)

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, 17 May 1980

BACK IN the heady days of late '78, when the UK was brimming over with Devo-tees, Gerald V Casale, lead Devo, suggested that certain elitist ...

Devo: Where the Rubber met the Road

Report by Byron Coley, New York Rocker, January 1979

"Louis bided his time, isolating Spain diplomatically, and acquainting his fellow rulers with the term devolution." — Encyclopedia Britannica Vol. VI, p. 1093 ...

Devo and 'Whip It'

Retrospective and Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 16 December 2003

WHAT WOULD YOU DO if the National Guard came to your school and shot your friends? That's the question Neil Young posed in his song ...

Devo: Duty Now for the Future (Warner Bos.)

Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 20 September 1979

Devo destroyed ...


Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

DEVO'S FIRST single, 'Jock Homo', was released in 1977. An instant hit, it expounded the group's theory of de-evolution, that mankind is regressing, rather than ...

Jade Dellinger & David Giffels: Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!

Book Review by Edwin Pouncey, The Wire, December 2003

DEPENDING ON which side of the critical fence you were standing at the time, '70s art rock group Devo from Akron, Ohio were either "the ...

Don't Step On My Gray Canvas Shoes: New Albums from Talking Heads, Ramones, Devo et al

Review by Howard Wuelfing, Unicorn Times, November 1978

IN EXAMINING Talking Heads' latest release, More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire, SRK 6058), we encounter a disturbing new twist upon several crucial new ...

We Are Devo. We Are The Next Thing

Interview by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, 25 February 1978

Ian Birch talks to an American band with heavy friends – like Eno and David Bowie ...


Comment by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, January 1979

AS BILLY MARTIN once put it, "I feel very strongly both ways." Although Devo's cosmic significance may truly compare with that of yesterday's toast, they ...

We Are Devo

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Phoenix, 17 June 2008

The return of Akron's finest... ...

We're The Pits, or Punk Comes to LA

Retrospective by John Mendelsohn, MOJO, Spring 2005

THREE YEARS AFTER my group Christopher Milk -- signed to Warner Bros. and produced, rather poorly, by a famous English producer -- agreed that we'd ...

Devo: Hardcore Vols. 1 and 2

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, September 2013

Reissue of '74-77 home demos by Ohio's deviant intellectuals: the true sound of the '70s underground. ...

Devo: Five great moments

Retrospective by Jon Savage, The Guardian, 19 February 2014

Bob Casale, the guitarist of the American new wave pioneers, has died. In tribute, a longtime fan picks five key moments from his career ...

Various Artists: The Akron Compilation (Stiff); Short Circuit — Live at the Electric Circus (Virgin)

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 24 June 1978

OH JESUS! After Devo, the (marketing) deluge. ...

Devo: Are We Not Ready?

Interview by Jon Savage, Sounds, 4 March 1978

THE FIRST THING you notice on arrival at Koln airport is the modernity and organization. No baggage queues. No pre-fab ramshackle buildings. ...

New Musick: Devo Look Into The Future!

Profile by Jon Savage, Sounds, 26 November 1977

DEVO/DEVOID/VOID/DEVOTED/DEVOLUTION: Savage attempts a discrete distillation. Devout. Things are not as they seem, nor as they have been reported.... 'The cities are our major source ...

Epiphanies: Devo

Retrospective by Jon Savage, The Wire, November 2015

The outsider electronics of Devo broke the Ramonic template of 1977 punk, says Jon Savage ...

Devo Is Your Friend

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1980

A day in the life of Jerry Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh ...

Devo: Freedom of Choice (Warner Bros.)

Review by Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone, 27 November 1980

AFTER THE SEMINAL mutant microcosm of the modern world they constructed on Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo., Devo have moved on ...

Devo: Where Are They Now?

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, October 1995

HAILING – along with the rubber tyre and Rachel Sweet – from Akron, Ohio, Devo's prankful art-pop, deconstructivist theories and matching boilersuits made perfect-imperfect sense ...

Devo: Sixties Idealists or Nazis and Clowns?

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 10 December 1981

LOS ANGELES — "Someone wanted to know where your home is," the waitress said to Mark Mothersbaugh. "I don't have a home," Mothersbaugh replied softly, peering at ...

Devo: We Are Legend

Report and Interview by Pat Long, The Guardian, 2 May 2009

New wave oddballs Devo used to warn that consumerism was crumbling. Now they're back to say we told you so. Pat Long tips his funny ...

Devo: Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 18 March 1978

SUDDENLY.....Devo! ...

Devo: In the Terminal Zone

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 14 July 1979

IT'S OUT of the blue and into the black. A place is left somewhere behind where the front pages of the daily newspapers comment hysterically ...

Hi! We're DEVO and We've come to get your toilet ready for the 1980's

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 18 March 1978


The American Midwest: Akron and Cleveland

Overview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 1 April 1978

Exploring alternative hives of industry in Akron, City of Rubber, and Cleveland, City of Steel. ...

Devo: Something for Everybody

Review by Pete Paphides, The Times, 11 June 2010

LOVING THE BAND as much as they loved themselves could be hard work. Not so now, thanks to a focus group. ...

Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 26 August 1978

'Monkey men allIn business suitTeachers and criticsAll dance the pootAre we not men?We are Devo!Are we not men?D-E-V-OWe must repeatOK let's go!' ...

Devo, the Weirdos: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 15 October 1977

Avant-Garde Devo at Whisky ...

Punk Bands: Some Do, Some Don't

Report by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 15 April 1978

THE DICKIES and the Heaters have it. The Runaways and the Quick did, but not anymore. Venus & the Razorblades had it for an instant, ...

Devo: Actual Size

Report and Interview by Richard Riegel, Creem, March 1979

(Investigative Reporter Dances The Poot) ...

Devo: Apollo, Glasgow

Live Review by Ronnie Gurr, Record Mirror, 7 June 1980


Devo: Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, March 1983

CONTRARY TO the prevailing opinion, when these five Akron androids pose the rhetorical question, "Are we not men?," they don't mean, "We are not men," ...

The Return of Devo

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, The Times, June 2010

FOUR DECADES SINCE Devo first donned their matching overalls and began their assault on the pop mainstream, America's original disco-rock Dadaists are back. ...

Devo: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 20 September 1980

I'M HERE to testify they've done it! Gone back, right along the de-evolutionary scale, down to the Bill and Ben stage. What an achievement! Five ...

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

Interview by 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 ...


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