Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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

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?
monkey men all
in business suit
teachers and critics
all dance the poot
are we not men?
we are DEVO!
are we not men?

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.

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