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Devo

Have you spent at least a decade in college without declaring a major? Do you consider the Mac/PC debate a raging one? Do you own a Star Wars toy? Is it still in the package? If you answered yes to the above questions, chances are you're a Devo fan. Sure, we all know the radio hits "Whip It" and "Peek-A-Boo," but it takes a special breed of person to be a real fan -- generally, developmentally impaired males in their thirties for whom a T-shirt without holes in it is a "dress shirt." Devo's robo-funk guitars and analog synths evoked a futurism held over from The Jetsons and Barbarella; their lyrics are told from the point of view of hyper-logical Vulcans attempting to explain the ways of "those crazy Earthlings." At times this collection of oddments works compellingly, but never as well as it did on their 1982 tour de force Freedom of Choice. Devo's music still possesses a special ability to make the world you take for granted seem interesting and odd. In which case, if you aren't a Devo fan, maybe you should be.

Devo Concert Films

  • Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig

    Devo

    Year: 1996

    Runtime: 1 hr 6 min

    In '96, Devo closed The Sundance Film Festival. They wore 20s style prison suits and dished out classic DEVO songs to an unsuspecting audience of Hollywood elite.
     
     
  • Hardcore Devo Live!

    Devo

    Year: 2015

    Runtime: 1 hr 25 min

    Devo, captured live in Oakland, performing early experimental tracks written between 1974 and 1977, prior to any label deal or public success. No matter how messy, beginnings are exciting. Especially when what happens next endures the test of time. For Devo, the beginning happened in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio. The songs they wrote were raw and unfiltered with no commercial intent. They called it Hardcore Devo. Performing 21 oddities, this is a tribute to departed, original Devo bandmate, Robert "Bob 2" Casale. Filmed live on June 28, 2014 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California.
     
     
  • Live 1980

    Devo

    Year: 1979

    Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

    This rare footage has been compiled from a full-length show at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA in 1980. Live 1980 Songs include Its Not Right, Pink Pussycat, Whip It, Girl U Want, (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction, Swelling Itching Brain and many more.
     
     
  • Live in London

    Devo

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 1 hr 2 min

    Live performance of Devo's debut album, "Q:Are We Not Men? A:We Are DEVO" at the Forum, London.
     
     
  • Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun

    Devo

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

    From a stage super-heated by over-the-top, rock 'n roll cliche lighting, DEVO faced a sea of Asian Gen X'ers in a 100 degree plus fahrenheit venue in the bowels of Tokyo, Japan. The crowd was swathed in bootlegged energy domes and DEVO T's, mouthing the lyrics to songs we wrote when most of them were loading their diapers with UNi-colored poo. Maybe it was a "Beautiful World" after all!
     
     
  • The Men Who Make The Music

    Devo

    Year: 1978

    Runtime: 49 min

    The Men Who Make the Music combines concert footage from DEVO's 1978 tour with music videos and testimonials featuring a vague story about DEVO's rocky relationship with "Big Entertainment."
     
     

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