DAY MY BABY GAVE ME A SURPRISE VIRGIN UK VS 265 7"
1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve US
DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE INFINITE ZERO 14501.2 CD
1979 15 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks) ('94 issue) US
DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE WARNER US BSK 3337 LP
1979 13 TRKS 2nd US
FREEDOM OF CHOICE WARNER US BSK 3435 LP
1980 12 TRKS 3rd US
MECHANICAL MAN (EP) ELEVATOR UK NICE 1 7"
1978 4 TRK EP; pirate? US
NEW TRADITIONALISTS WARNER US BSK 3595 LP
1981 10 TRKS poster US
OH, NO! IT'S DEVO WARNER US 23741.1 LP
1982 11 TRKS easel back cover US
PEEK-A-BOO WARNER US 29906-0 12"
1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve US
POST POST-MODERN MAN ENIGMA US 75551-0 12"
1990 7 TRK EP; with pic sleeve US
Q: ARE WE NOT MEN? WARNER US BSK 3239 LP
1978 11 TRKS 1st US
Q: ARE WE NOT MEN? A: WE ARE DEVO! WARNER US 3239.2 CD
1978 11 TRKS US
SATISFACTION / SLOPPY BOOJI BOY US 72843 7"
1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve US
SMOOTH NOODLE MAPS ENIGMA US 73526.2 CD
1990 11 TRKS US
UNCONTROLLABLE URGE / SATISFACTION WARNER US WBS 8675 7"
1978 2 TRKS no pic sleeve US
WORKING IN THE COAL MINE / PLANET EARTH ASYLUM US E-47204 7"
1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve US
Seems like Devo has been in my “to be gotten to” stack for about 30 years now…
Odd, I’ve met and talked with Mark Mothersbaugh; he was kind enough to ‘introduce’ me to Hajime Tachibana (when I went and interviewed Tachibana in Tokyo). I love Mothersbaugh’s “Muzik For Insomniaks” CD set.
But Devo never were my thing at the time – maybe I felt competitive with them? When my band’s first album was being pressed in 1978, the same pressing plant was also working on Devo’s first album – and you could definitely tell who was getting more attention (i.e. it wasn’t us!). And when we took our record into KROQ, they were more interested in the test pressing of the first Devo album that our manager brought with him (I think they played “Praying Hands” instead of anything by us). So maybe that’s what killed it for me…
And then they got so popular…with those hats etc. Too popular – it seemed like every idiot in the world had a Devo T-shirt or button. Yuck, yuck, yuck – I’m going to stick with British acts!
But three decades hence, I have some time for Devo. I recently obtained their first two albums on CD, which means that I will get to listen to them in my car real soon.
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Thanks for the almost-a-whole-month of topics, Jim-san!