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Devo

Akron, Ohio, United States (1972 – 1991, 1996 – present)

Devo is an American rock group formed in Akron, Ohio, United States in 1972. The band split in 1991 and returned in 1996. The band currently consists of Gerald Casale (vocals, bass), Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, synthesizer), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar) and Josh Freese (drums). Former members include Bob Casale (guitar, keyboards) (born July 14, 1952; died February 17, 2014) and Alan Myers (drums) (born 1955; died 2013). The band released their first album in 20 years, “Something for Everybody” on June 15, 2010.

Their style has been variously classified as punk, industrial and rock, but are most often considered to be the 70s/early 80s New Wave band that ushered in the synth pop of the 1980s, along with other acts such as Gary Numan and The B-52s.

Devo’s music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary, often dealing with the concept of De-Evolution, in sometimes-discordant pop songs that often feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures.

Their work has proved hugely influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave, alternative and grunge music, they created some memorable music videos popular in the early days of MTV.

The name “Devo” comes from the concept of Devolution (also referred to by the band as “de-evolution”). This idea was developed as a joke by Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis as early as the late 1960s.

DEVO consists of Mark Mothersbaugh voice and synth keyboards, Gerald V. 'Jerry' Casale voice and bass, Bob Mothersbaugh 'Bob1' guitar, Bob Casale 'Bob2' guitar and synth keyboards. And over the years on drums Jim Mothersbaugh 1974 - 1976, Alan Myers 1976 - 1985, David Kendrick 1986 - 1990 and most recently Josh freese 1996 - present.
Devo recorded the song "Jocko Homo" specifically for a short film that Mark Mothersbaugh wrote and directed. The film/song made its television debut on Saturday Night Live in October 1978.
Arguably Devo's best-known song is their 1980 single "Whip It," which has been featured in countless TV commercials and movie soundtracks.

 

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Whip it

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