Snarfyguy wrote:In my region (and pig bodine would attest to this were he here), "Devo" was a term of derision that jocks and bullies would use to taunt anyone looking vaguely punk-y.
"Hey Devo," they'd sneer.
I'd like to think the guys in the band would have been proud on some level to have become instant cultural shorthand, even if it was in the service of abuse.
This rings true for me, by the way, though I'm a couple years older than you and went to school when 'punk' and 'new wave' were an interest for very few people (which didn't include me - then).
The amazing thing was, you were either 'punk' or 'devo' (they were different things where I was) or 'stoner' or a commercial music listener. You couldn't be more than one. There were also a few of us (it was honestly only about 5 people in the whole school) that loved 60s music.
Tell that to a kid now, who has any music at their fingertips, and they won't get it at all.