Thursday, July 02, 2015

Devo: Fresh b/w What We Do (2010)

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I have read that some Devo fans hate the album from which these tracks were pulled, but I think it's not too bad. This was a Record Store Day release in 2010 on blue vinyl.

Devo: Shout (1984)

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This is a stinker of a record. It's difficult to believe that this is the best they could do. It's an utter failure.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Devo: Oh, No! It's Devo (1982)

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I don't think this is the best Devo record, but it's not the worst either. Some have argued that, on this record, Devo thought it wise to try and sound like very other new wave band. Bringing in Roy Thomas Baker, who had made some great sounding Cars songs, might convince one think that is true. And, the use of the guitar is limited on this record, but I am not sure if that is a bad or a good thing. At any rate, this record is so much better than the album that followed it. Also, I have to give a thumbs up to the cover.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Devo: New Traditionalists (1981)

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This record is not bad, though one senses that the band is moving into more accessible/commercial territory. I remember reading a review that summed up the album as "predictable." I think that's a bit harsh. It's not top shelf Devo, but it's still good. Perhaps, at this point, they really were Through Being Cool.

Devo: Live (1980)

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This EP (or MiniAlbum), of only six tracks, was later re-released with the full concert, of 22 tracks, on CD. I've never heard the full CD. This EP is great, though.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Devo: Freedom of Choice (1980)

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I suspect that most people heard Devo the first time (and possibly the last) when they saw the video for Whip It. To me, this record is good Devo, and I suspect the video--at at time when videos were everything--made Devo more popular than they should otherwise have been.

For some reason, the official Devo YouTube channel has disabled the embedding of videos. That's stupid. But, if you want to see the video for Girl U Want, and Whip It, you can follow the links. But, here's some live stuff:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Devo: Duty Now for the Future (1979)

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I've read that some people argue that Duty Now for the Future is not as good as the first Devo record. That's a common problem among most artists, but I think this record is great. Allmusic's review of this record is wacky. Sometimes, the reviewers at Allmusic simply have no idea what they are talking about. It has the same quirky, jerky rhythms and odd lyrics. This time, they do an awesome cover version of Secret Agent Man.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)

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Are Devo punk, art-rock, post-punk, new wave? Are they college rock, alternative, indie, synth pop? Who knows? They were cool, at any rate. Back in the day, I liked the guitar and was a little suspicious of synthesizers, but that probably had a lot to do with my brother's love of the disco queens. Devo put synthesizers to very good use. Some tracks sounded almost like punk, I guess.

we're pinheads now
we are not whole
we're pinheads all
jocko homo
are we not men?
D-E-V-O
monkey men all
in business suit
teachers and critics
all dance the poot
are we not men?
we are DEVO!
are we not men?
D-E-V-O

I'd pick this record as one of the best of 1978. It's always difficult to choose a favourite, and several other great records came out that year (Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy, XTC - White Music, Lou Reed - Street Hassle, Ultravox - Systems of Romance, etc.).

I don't like the cover version of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, but the rest is great. If you are looking for an interesting cover of Satisfaction, I can recommend the version by The Residents. You can find it on Youtube. Jocko Momo, in my humble opinion, is awesome.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Depeche Mode: Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993)

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It goes without saying that this is not the original vinyl release from 1993: prices for the original pressing are outrageous. Songs of Faith and Devotion was re-released on 180 gram vinyl in 2007 and again in 2014. I have the latter and it was bizarrely cheap. Prices for this version start at nearly $25 on Discogs and go up to $43. Why?

I Feel You is clearly the best track on this record.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Silence (1990)

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This maxi-single has four versions of Enjoy the Silence plus a track called Mephisto, a rather uninspiring instrumental. Again, I have to note the prices. There are two copies for sale on Discogs for $13.87 and $16.02. Perhaps this one is more understandable, because fewer records were being made and sold in 1990. Again, I think I probably paid $1 for this, ages ago.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Depeche Mode: Never Let me Down Again b/w Pleasure, Little Treasure (1987)

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This 12" single contains three versions of Never Let me Down Again plus two versions of Pleasure, Little Treasure. That's all you need to know.

Depeche Mode: Just Can't Get Enough (Schizomix) b/w Any Second Now (Altered) (1981?)

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This is a re-released 12" single that was originally released in 1981. The cover has no date, so I have no idea when it was re-released. The Schizomix is fairly predictable, but kind of interesting. The flip side is a curious and not uninteresting instrumental track.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Depeche Mode: People are People (Different Mix) b/w People are People (On--USound) & In Your Memory (Silk Edit Mix) (1984)

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So, this 12" maxi-single has two versions of People are People and a mix of In Your Memory. For some reason, DM records now sell for more than I would have guessed. For example, there are 10 copies of this 12" for sale on Discogs right now, with the cheapest being $12.21 CDN and the most expensive being $24.54 CDN. That's surprising to me since I probably paid a buck for this.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Depeche Mode: Some Great Reward (1984)

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Some Great Reward was probably the first Depeche Mode album I heard in its entirety. It seemed like everyone in my residence had a copy on vinyl or cassette. I will go on record and say that I hate the song Somebody. I have never liked it. On the other hand, People are People, Master and Servant, and Blasphemous Rumours are interesting songs and I think they have stood the test of time. Personally, I think there are far better 80s bands, but DM is OK.