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Devo

Postby Michael Andrew Lownsdale » 08 Oct 2017, 12:03

good?

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Re: Devo

Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Oct 2017, 09:15

Only up to and including their first album. After that, it's downhill all the way.
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Re: Devo

Postby COLIN LAND » 09 Oct 2017, 09:18

apart from 'Girl U Want', 'Whip It' and 'That's Good'
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Re: Devo

Postby Deebank » 09 Oct 2017, 14:36

And Gut Feeling.
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Re: Devo

Postby COLIN LAND » 09 Oct 2017, 14:43

that's on the first album!
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Re: Devo

Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Oct 2017, 14:47

But would be the only individual song mentioned so far which is worth hearing.
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Re: Devo

Postby The Modernist » 09 Oct 2017, 14:49

Some of their more clubby tracks, like 'Whip It', were ahead of their time and still retain a freshness. But on the whole I found their wackiness irritating, not as irritating as The Residents but going in that direction.
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Re: Devo

Postby fange » 09 Oct 2017, 15:00

Darkness_Fish wrote:But would be the only individual song mentioned so far which is worth hearing.

No way! All of the songs mentioned so far are good/great for me. They couldn't top the debut album though when it cam to LPs, though to be honest i haven't heard the ones after Shout.
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Re: Devo

Postby sloopjohnc » 09 Oct 2017, 16:20

The Modernist wrote:Some of their more clubby tracks, like 'Whip It', were ahead of their time and still retain a freshness. But on the whole I found their wackiness irritating, not as irritating as The Residents but going in that direction.
It's amazing how seriously they were taken in the late seventies, with Eno and Bowie going on about them all the time, but now they seem almost semi-forgotten.


I think they reached their logical extension when Mark Motthersbaugh became the musical director for the Rugrats cartoon.

I saw them circa '78 at the Mabhuhay Gardens, San Francisco's punk nexus and they were a breath of fresh air. They deserved all the praise they got and their albums up to fourth are good to great. I don't think Devo ever changed - I think pop music and fans caught up to them.
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Re: Devo

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 09 Oct 2017, 17:28

Four first album for me - all great

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Re: Devo

Postby bobzilla77 » 11 Oct 2017, 00:25

They were fucking excellent. The pre-first album stuff ("Hardcore") is from another planet. There are no other cookies cut from the same cutter.

They also ROCKED. The thing that's so fun about that first album is how it bounces back and forth between sounding like a rock band, and a parody of a rock band. It keeps you off balance, and it's funny. They have zazz.

And they come into the rock scene in 1978 as ... such the antithesis of everything ludicrous about that era that was worshipped and taken seriously. I was still pretty into classic rock at the dawn of punk, I didn't understand why people wanted to tear it down or get rid of it, hey Aerosmith's a pretty good band. Why do these obnoxious unwashed people want me to stop listening to good music? I didn't understand it at all.

But I got Devo. I may have been into rock music but I was also pretty into MAD magazine. Some of their concepts went over my head, but it didn't matter. You don't need to go to the Arctic to know it's cold, right?

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Re: Devo

Postby Deebank » 13 Oct 2017, 10:44

ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:that's on the first album!


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