Devo

Profile:
New-wave group popular throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, formed by a group of art students at Kent State University, principally Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale. Their name comes from the central concept of "de-evolution" - the idea that mankind is devolving instead of evolving.

Devo was formed in 1973 as 'Sextet Devo,' a division of the arts collective Art Devo. This early line up featured Gerald V. Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Casale, Bob Lewis (5) and two others. In 1974 the group rebranded as simply 'DEVO' (stylized in all caps) and began writing material for their first album. Bob Lewis and Robert Casale had left the group by this time, and Bob Mothersbaugh & Jim Mothersbaugh had joined. This line-up is primarily featured in the Hardcore Devo collections. Shortly after production wrapped on their short film The Truth About De-Evolution, Robert Casale rejoined the group along with new drummer Alan Myers, who replaced Jim. With this line-up, the group began releasing material through Booji Boy Records and attracted mainstream attention through live performances and singles.
In February of 1978, the group recorded their first album, produced by Brian Eno, and the group were given a multi-album contract with Warner Bros. Records and Virgin.
Midway through production of their second album, Duty Now For The Future, Devo shifted from their earlier guitar-based sound toward a more keyboard-heavy one, with rhythm guitarist Robert Casale switching to keyboards and bassist Gerald Casale switching to synth-bass. This new style would be a defining one and produced the group's biggest hits.

After the commercial failure of their sixth studio album, Shout, the group were dropped by Warner and Virgin. They were forced into a four-year hiatus, returning in 1988 with David Kendrick replacing Alan Myers on drums. The Kendrick line-up of the group only officially lasted for three years before entering another hiatus in 1991. Throughout the 1990s, Devo would reunite for one-off singles for film soundtracks before officially reuniting in 1996 with Josh Freese on drums. After this, Devo consistently toured a greatest hit show before releasing their ninth studio album Something For Everybody in 2010.

On February 17th, 2014, Robert Casale died of heart failure. The group briefly continued without him on the Hardcore Devo tour, in which they performed material written between 1974 - 1977. Devo continues to perform live with Josh Hager on rhythm guitar and keyboards.

Line-up:
Mark Mothersbaugh: vocals, keyboards, guitar, songwriter,
Gerald V. Casale: vocals, bass, keyboards, songwriter
Bob Mothersbaugh (Bob I): lead guitar, vocals, songwriter
Bob Casale (Bob II): rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, songwriter
Jim Mothersbaugh (1974-1976): drums
Alan Myers (1976-1984): drums
David Kendrick (1986-1990): drums
Josh Freese (1996-current): drums
Josh Hager (2014-current): rhythm guitar, keyboards, vocals
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BSK 3239 Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! album art Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3239 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
V2086A, V2086B Devo - DEVO - Q: ARE WE NOT MEN? A: WE ARE DEVO / Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks album art Devo, Sex Pistols Devo, Sex Pistols - DEVO - Q: ARE WE NOT MEN? A: WE ARE DEVO / Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks(LP, MP, Pic) Virgin V2086A, V2086B UK 1979 Sell This Version
200.637, 200637 Devo - Duty Now For The Future album art Devo Duty Now For The Future (Album) Warner Bros. Records 200.637, 200637 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
WBMS 115 Devo - Live album art Devo Live (Album) Warner Bros. Records WBMS 115 US 1980 Sell This Version
BSK 3435 Devo - Freedom Of Choice album art Devo Freedom Of Choice (Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3435 US 1980 Sell This Version
KB 337 Devo - King Biscuit Flower Hour  album art Elvis Costello & The Attractions / "Devo"* Elvis Costello & The Attractions / "Devo"* - King Biscuit Flower Hour (LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. KB 337 US 1980 Sell This Version
none Devo - The Best of the Biscuit album art Hall & Oates* / Devo Hall & Oates* / Devo - The Best of the Biscuit(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. none US 1980 Sell This Version
EZC 123 Devo - EZ Listening Muzak Cassette album art Devo EZ Listening Muzak Cassette (Album) Club Devo EZC 123 US 1981 Sell This Version
701905 Devo - New Traditionalists album art Devo New Traditionalists (Album, Single) Warner Bros. Records 701905 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
245 Devo - B.B.C. Rock Hour #245 album art Devo B.B.C. Rock Hour #245(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 245 US 1981 Sell This Version
Series #15 Show #4 Devo - Innerview album art Devo Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #15 Show #4 US 1981 Sell This Version
CIL 3457 Devo - Oh, No! It's Devo album art Devo Oh, No! It's Devo (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records CIL 3457 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
Series #19 Show #3 Devo - Innerview album art Devo Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #19 Show #3 US 1982 Sell This Version
none Devo - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Devo / U2 Devo / U2 - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1982 Sell This Version
RSG 82-3 / 82-4 Devo - Rock Star Guest D.J. album art Billy Squier / Devo, Southside Johnny Billy Squier / Devo, Southside Johnny - Rock Star Guest D.J.(3xLP, Transcription) Rolling Stone Magazine Productions RSG 82-3 / 82-4 US 1982 Sell This Version
none Devo - EZ Listening Muzak Cassette Volume 2 album art Devo EZ Listening Muzak Cassette Volume 2(Cass) Club Devo none US 1984 Sell This Version
925 097-1 Devo - Shout album art Devo Shout (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 925 097-1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
P.I.M. 55 Devo - Pioneers In Music Show #55: Ohio Rock album art Cheap Trick / Eric Carmen / Devo / Chrissie Hynde Cheap Trick / Eric Carmen / Devo / Chrissie Hynde - Pioneers In Music Show #55: Ohio Rock(2xLP, S/Sided, Promo, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. P.I.M. 55 US 1986 Sell This Version
LIB 5148 Devo - Total Devo album art Devo Total Devo (Album) Enigma (4), Enigma (4) LIB 5148 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
29B2-51 Devo - Now It Can Be Told, Devo At The Palace 12/9/88 album art Devo Now It Can Be Told, Devo At The Palace 12/9/88 (Album) Enigma (4) 29B2-51 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
264-7 73526 4 Devo - Smooth Noodle Maps album art Devo Smooth Noodle Maps (Album) Enigma (4) 264-7 73526 4 1990 Sell This Version
FC 065 Devo - Hardcore Devo Vol.1 74-77 album art Devo Hardcore Devo Vol.1 74-77 (Album) Rykodisc FC 065 France 1990 Sell This Version
RCD 0208-2 Devo - Hardcore Devo Volume 2 album art Devo Hardcore Devo Volume 2 (Album) Rykodisc RCD 0208-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
RCD 20209 Devo - Live: The Mongoloid Years album art Devo Live: The Mongoloid Years (Album) Rykodisc RCD 20209 US 1992 Sell This Version
RHM2 7708 Devo - Dev-O Live album art Devo Dev-O Live (Comp, Album) Rhino Handmade RHM2 7708 US 1999 Sell This Version

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bribones06

bribones06

July 10, 2021
man there is a lot of non album albums listed under "albums". what a mess.
RachaelTyrell

RachaelTyrell

November 22, 2019
There's a great video of 'Secret Agent Man' from around 1975/6. it has a brilliant clip during the 'guitar solo' where the guitarist has two regular guitars gaffer taped together into a hilarious parody of the double neck hyperbole type shit the old dinosaurs like Zeppelin were touting. That's how good Devo were, their stage act was super slick and fast. American acts of this period like Ubu and Suicide and even Sparks have stood the test of time. Alongside them Brit new wavers (hate this term) seem lame....we had to wait for The KLF to have some genuine quality British art pop anarchy.
spike495

spike495

June 3, 2017
Was already into Ramones/Pistols, etc. when I saw Devo on Sat.NightLive in '78. It made most existing NewWave/Punk look like the Stones or something. They seemed to come from another planet! Their first 3 albums are essential. A truly unique and original band with very few influences, which can't be said about many (great) bands.
nagyphilip

nagyphilip

November 20, 2016
No comments so far? Highly influential band here. They combined great music with an equally great image. Check out the Hardcore comps plus the early stuff (1977-1981). Some of their peers include Pere Ubu (also from O-Hi-O!), The Residents and Suicide. Def. one of the best bands :)
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