New Traditionalists is the fourth studio album by the American new wave band Devo. It was released in August 1981, on the labels Warner Bros. and Virgin. The album was recorded over a period of four months between December 1980 and April 1981, at The Power Station, in Manhattan, New York City; the album's sound continued in the vein of their previous studio album Freedom of Choice, with synthesizers moved further to the forefront and the guitars became more subdued. Some of the tracks featured drum machines for the first time on a Devo album. In addition, the lyrics are dark and vitriolic, it features the minor hits "Through Being Cool" and "Beautiful World." With the success of "Whip It" and its associated album Freedom of Choice, Devo had attracted a new, more pop-oriented audience, less interested in Devo's artistic theories and intelligent lyrics. In response, New Traditionalists was intended to be a much darker and serious album; the lead-in track, "Through Being Cool," was a direct attack on new fans who didn't understand Devo's message.
Most of the songs on the album are more direct than on previous Devo albums. The exception to this is "Beautiful World," whose message seems optimistic at first but changes as the song progresses; this is made clearer by the song's promotional video. On "Enough Said," Devo made one of their first overtly political statements, attacking world leaders and the political process: "Take all the leaders from around the world/Put them together in a great big ring/Televise it as the lowest show on Earth/And let them fight like hell to see who's king." As with every Devo album and tour, the band developed a new look for the album, eschewing the energy dome headgear and replacing it with the plastic "New Traditionalist Pomp," modeled after President John F. Kennedy's famous pompadour, though in one interview, co-founder and bass guitarist Gerald Casale claims it to have been modeled on Ronald Reagan's own hairstyle, they wore blue V-neck T-shirts with the New Traditionalists astronaut logo on the black sleeves.
This shirt can be seen on Australian versions of the album cover. On the European cover, Devo is seen wearing "Sleeveless Maxi-Turtleneck Sweaters." The T-shirts and plastic versions of the pompadours were all available through Devo's fan club catalog. New Traditionalists was recorded on a then-new brand of 2" tape from 3M; when Devo began recording the vocals for the album, the edges of the tape had begun to disintegrate. After asking Warner Bros. if they could start over and re-record the album from scratch and being denied, Devo transferred all the work they had done to digital reel-to-reel tape and finished the album via digital recording at the Record Plant in Los Angeles, California. All of this resulted in New Traditionalists having a murkier and darker sound than previous Devo albums; the name of the album was inspired by a Japanese ultra-right wing political group called the New Traditionalists. In the words of Gerald Casale, "We turned it on its ear. We appropriated the idea of that, meaning we were going to provide you with new traditions to forget about the old ones."
New Traditionalists was packaged with a bonus 7" single of the band's cover of "Working in the Coal Mine." According to a 2008 interview with lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo had intended to include the song on the album but were thwarted by Warner Bros. The band was approached by the makers of the animated film Heavy Metal and asked if they had a song to donate for a sequence in the film involving a house band in outer space. Devo offered them the unused "Working in the Coal Mine," and as a fluke the song ended up being the only charting song on the soundtrack album. Since the song was now a "hit," Warner Bros. pressed up thousands of two-sided 7" singles and included them with initial copies of the LP. Most CD and cassette pressings of New Traditionalists include "Working in the Coal Mine" as a bonus track; the original LP bonus package included a poster drawn by a member of the Church of the SubGenius. It portrays the band on stage, with some iconic American characters in the audience. Devo made three music videos for the album.
"Through Being Cool" had Devo taking a limited role, focusing on a team of kids clad in Devo "Action Vests" attacking arrogant and ignorant people with "spudguns." In "Love Without Anger," Devo acts as a Greek chorus to a bizarre love story between two humanoid chickens. It features a stop motion video by Rev. Ivan Stang of Barbie and Ken fighting each other and removing each other's body parts. A portrait of J. R. "Bob" Dobbs is on the wall above the couch. "Beautiful World" is considered by many fans and critics to be Devo's greatest music video, setting the tune to a series of connected images from film archives. The video features the character Booji Boy prominently, as he watches scenes of beautiful women, futuristic cars and other happy elements, which by the end of the song have been replaced by images of race riots, the Ku Klux Klan, World War I, famine in Africa, car crashes and nuclear explosions, which puts a much darker slant on the song's lyrics; the video was censored for broadcasts on the ABC-TV music show Countdown.
A small segment of archive footage depicting a woman on fire was considered unsuitable for the show's early evening timeslot—despite the fact that the'flames' were animated, not real—and this censored version is still screened on the ABC's music video series rage, including a mid-1990s episode hosted by Devo. The New Traditionalists tour was a large undertaking. Devo performed on treadmill
Devo Live 1980
DEVO Live 1980 is a DualDisc release by pioneering new wave band Devo. The release documents a performance by the influential quintet during their Freedom of Choice tour, when the band was gaining mainstream success on the strength of the Freedom of Choice album and their first major hit single "Whip It", it was shot by director/cameraman Joe Reis and his Target Video team in Petaluma, using three video cameras. The set list is similar to that of the full DEV-O Live album, recorded within a few days of this concert. Deviating from the previous album is Mark Mothersbaugh's alter ego Booji Boy singing "Tunnel of Life", preceded by the infamous footage of Booji Boy's head accidentally being "crushed" by a steam press; the DVD side of the DualDisc features as a bonus, B&W video footage of Devo opening for themselves as "Dove, The Band of Love". A short clip from this concert, of the band performing "Gut Feeling/", was seen on the band's 2004 DVD release Live in the Land of the Rising Sun Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Gerald V. Casale provided the following note for the DualDisc's back cover: "This lone artifact offers indisputable evidence that in 1980 Devo had reached a turning point.
We were no longer just art monsters, we were mainstream performers too." The DualDisc release is available in both jewel Amaray packaging. There has been a DVD only release without any CD audio. "Freedom of Choice Theme Song" "Whip It" "Snowball" "It's Not Right" "Girl U Want" "Planet Earth" "S. I. B." "Secret Agent Man" "Pink Pussycat" "Blockhead" " Satisfaction" "Uncontrollable Urge" "Mongoloid" "Be Stiff" "Gates of Steel" "Freedom of Choice" "Jocko Homo" "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy" "Come Back Jonee" "Tunnel of Life" "Devo Corporate Anthem" "Whip It" "Snowball" "It's Not Right" "Girl U Want" "Planet Earth" "S. I. B." "Secret Agent Man" "Pink Pussycat" "Blockhead" " Satisfaction" "Uncontrollable Urge" "Mongoloid" "Be Stiff" "Gates of Steel" "Freedom of Choice" "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy" "Come Back Jonee" Mark Mothersbaugh - vocals, guitar Gerald V. Casale - vocals, bass keyboards Bob Mothersbaugh - vocals, lead guitar Bob Casale - rhythm guitar/lead guitar, vocals Alan Myers - drums Joe Reis - director, main cameraman Mike Varga, Geoff Falasca - editing James W. Kelley - animation Bob Casale - DVD and CD audio mastering Chris Seyer, Big Round Sound Productions - alternate DVD audio mastering MVD's page on Devo Live 1980 Club Devo - Official website Devo Live Guide - Comprehensive guide to Devo's live performances.
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(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
" Satisfaction" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in 1965. It was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards' three-note guitar riff -- intended to be replaced by horns -- drives the song; the lyrics refer to sexual commercialism. The song was first released as a single in the United States in June 1965 and was featured on the American version of the Rolling Stones' fourth studio album, Out of Our Heads, released that July. "Satisfaction" was a hit, giving the Stones their first number one in the US. In the UK, the song was played only on pirate radio stations, because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive, it became the Rolling Stones' fourth number one in the United Kingdom. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed " Satisfaction" in the second spot on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time"; the song was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2006. Richards wrote "Satisfaction" in his sleep and recorded a rough version of the riff on a Philips cassette player.
He had no idea. He said when he listened to the recording in the morning, there was about two minutes of acoustic guitar before you could hear him drop the pick and "then me snoring for the next forty minutes". Sources vary as to. While they make reference to a hotel room at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, a house in Chelsea and the London Hilton, Keith Richards wrote in his most recent autobiography that he was in his flat in Carlton Hill, St. John’s Wood, he specifies that Mick Jagger wrote the lyrics by the pool in Clearwater, four days before they went into the studio, hence the confusion. The Rolling Stones first recorded the track on 10 May 1965 at Chess Studios in Chicago, which included Brian Jones on harmonica; the Stones lip-synched to a dub of this version the first time they debuted the song on the American music variety television programme Shindig! The group re-recorded it two days at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Maestro fuzzbox adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.
Richards envisioned redoing the track with a horn section playing the riff: "this was just a little sketch, because, to my mind, the fuzz tone was there to denote what the horns would be doing." The other Rolling Stones, as well as producer and manager Andrew Loog Oldham and sound engineer David Hassinger outvoted Richards and Jagger so the track was selected for release as a single. The song's success boosted sales of the Gibson fuzzbox so that the entire available stock sold out by the end of 1965. Like most of the Stones' pre-1966 recordings, "Satisfaction" was released in mono only. In the mid-1980s, a true stereo version of the song was released on German and Japanese editions of the CD reissue of Hot Rocks 1964–1971; the stereo mix features a piano and acoustic guitar that are audible in the original mono release. This stereo mix of "Satisfaction" appeared on a radio-promo CD of rare stereo tracks provided to US radio stations in the mid-1980s, but has not yet been featured on a worldwide commercial CD.
For the worldwide 2002 reissue of Hot Rocks, an alternative quasi-stereo mix was used featuring the lead guitar, bass and vocals in the center channel and the acoustic guitar and piano "split" left and right via a delay effect. The song opens with the guitar riff, joined by the bass halfway through, it is repeated three times with the drums and acoustic guitar before the vocal enters with the line: "I can't get no satisfaction". The key is E major, but with the 3rd and 7th degree lowered, creating – in the first part of the verses – a distinctive mellow sound; the accompanying chords are borrowed from the E mixolydian scale, used in blues and rock. The title line is an example of a negative concord. Jagger sings the verses in a tone hovering between cynical commentary and frustrated protest, leaps half singing and half yelling into the chorus, where the guitar riff reappears; the lyrics outline the singer's irritation and confusion with the increasing commercialism of the modern world, where the radio broadcasts "useless information" and a man on television tells him "how white my shirts can be – but he can't be a man'cause he doesn't smoke the same cigarettes as me," a reference to the ubiquitous Marlboro Cowboy style advertisement.
Jagger describes the stress of being a celebrity, the tensions of touring. The reference in the verse to not getting any "girl reaction" was controversial in its day, interpreted by some listeners as meaning a girl willing to have sex. Jagger commented that they "didn't understand the dirtiest line", as afterwards the girl asks him to return the following week as she is "on a losing streak," an apparent reference to menstruation; the song closes with a subdued repetition of the song's title, followed by a full shout of the line, with the final words repeated into the fade-out. In its day the song was perceived as disturbing because of both its sexual connotations and the negative view of commercialism and other aspects of modern culture; this song was perceived as an att
Devo's Greatest Misses
Greatest Misses is a collection of songs by Devo released in 1990. The album includes several photos from previous albums, the second half of an article on the band by Howie Klein; the first half of this article appears in the accompanying material for Devo's Greatest Hits. Greatest Misses contains alternate versions of tracks from other albums, it has a Parental Advisory label because of the song "Penetration in the Centerfold". All songs written except where noted. "Devo Corporate Anthem" – 1:16 "Clockout" – 2:48 "The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize" – 2:42 "Shrivel Up" – 3:05 "Blockhead" – 3:01 "Pink Pussycat" – 3:11 "Mongoloid" – 3:45 "Be Stiff" – 2:35 "Satisfaction " – 3:00 "Penetration in the Centerfold" – 2:28 "Too Much Paranoias" – 1:58 "S. I. B." – 4:29 "Mechanical Man" – 3:20 "Speed Racer" – 2:40 "Timing X/Space Junk" – 3:27 "Jocko Homo" – 2:53 Although "Be Stiff" is labeled as being the "Booji Boy version," it is the official studio recording, produced by Brian Eno and issued on a Stiff Records 7" single.
Although "Jocko Homo" is labeled as being the "Booji Boy version," it is not the original Booji Boy single version. It is the original demo featured in the short film The Truth About De-Evolution and released on Hardcore Devo: Volume One. Roy Thomas Baker – producer Moshe Brakha – photography Gerald V. Casale – compilation Devo – producer Kathe Duba-Noland – compilation Brian Eno – producer Howie Klein – liner notes Mark Mothersbaugh – compilation Ken Scott – producer, engineer
Duty Now for the Future
Duty Now for the Future is the second studio album by the American new wave band Devo. It was released in July 1979, on the labels Warner Bros. and Virgin. Produced by Ken Scott, the album was recorded between September 1978 and early 1979, at Chateau Recorders, in Hollywood, California; the majority of the songs on the album had been performed in Devo's live set as early as 1976. The "Devo Corporate Anthem" song and video are a nod to the 1975 film Rollerball, in which games are preceded by players and audience standing solemnly while listening to a regional "corporate hymn.""Secret Agent Man" is a cover of the song by P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri and performed by Johnny Rivers in 1965. An early demo version of "Secret Agent Man" had been featured in Devo's award-winning 1976 short film The Truth About De-Evolution. Duty Now for the Future was produced by Ken Scott. Like Brian Eno, who had produced Devo's debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Scott had worked with David Bowie, most notably on the records The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and its follow-up, Aladdin Sane.
Scott heaped praise on the band, claiming they were "quite professional in the studio" and that he "loved every minute of it."Scott discussed his role in the recordings and how Devo came to choose him for the album: "I consider my job to put the act across in the best way possible, in the way THEY wish to be perceived. I hate it; the act was signed for their talent not mine. I just wish. I know they chose me because of the Bowie records I did, but I don't know if it was a direct recommendation from Mr. Jones. Devo always wanted to learn. That's. Took what they needed and time to move on."One prominent aspect of Duty Now for the Future is in the manipulated sound of the guitars. According to Scott, to record the solo for "Secret Agent Man," "We overloaded mic amps and fed the signal through headphones which were taped to the mic."Devo bass guitarist and co-songwriter Gerald Casale corroborated this approach in an interview with BAM magazine in 1979. "A guitar can only do. It's like only one tiny piece of a synthesizer.
On this album, we did much more with the guitars, too. Sometimes you don't know that they're guitars."However, more Casale has been critical of the sound of the album in a Reddit chat on June, 25th, 2013. "I love the songs but I loathe Ken Scott's production. He'de-balled' us." The American 12" album cover was jokingly dominated by the album’s Universal Product Code. The colorful Janet Perr artwork satirized the new requirements for these bar codes; until that time, album covers were seen as an entire art form unto themselves. The new mandates for UPCs splashed across every work of album art were a subject of much protest as an infringement upon artistic integrity and an Orwellian symbol of the impersonal modern age; the rectangular image of the band came perforated and could therefore be removed from the "offending" barcodes surrounding it. The inner sleeve included the lyrics of all the songs printed in a single block of printed text. In addition to other artwork, the sleeve featured a West Hollywood address from which one could request information and news about the band.
In addition, an address was included to allow purchasers to order a copy of the'Devo-vision" videocassette from Time Life. This tape was never made available from Time Life and was a few years issued under the title "The Men Who Make the Music" via Warner Home Video. Devo produced one music video for this album. "The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize" combined animation with blue screen effects of the band performing. In this video, Devo chiefly wore silver 3D glasses. Of note is the appearance of Alex Mothersbaugh, the daughter of guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. Alex would be featured on the back cover of Devo's 1984 album, Shout. A short clip of the band standing at attention and saluting was filmed to accompany "Devo Corporate Anthem" and was used in concert performance. Duty Now for the Future was on the Billboard charts for 10 weeks, peaking at No. 73. It was received less enthusiastically than their first release, Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!. Dave Marsh, writing in Rolling Stone, condemns it feeling that "inspired amateurism works only when the players aspire to something better."
In their review of the album, Smash Hits described it as "unimpressive", but noted that the "change of style grows on you". They went on to say that, although the album was more accessible, it was "lacking the zany magic of old"; the AllMusic review, written more than a decade takes a longer view. Reviewer Mark Deming writes that "their second album captures the group in the midst of a significant stylistic shift" while acknowledging that the song "'Triumph of the Will' embraces fascism as a satirical target without bothering to make it sound as if they disapprove." KROQ-FM/LA long-time disc jockey Jed the Fish, admittedly a huge fan of Devo, sees the album as playing "catch-up," fleshing out many more songs from their immense volume of demo recordings. A seminal new wave synthpop album, Duty Now for the Future was heralded as one of the first pop/rock or AOR releases of a major record label to rely on synthesizers, which went on to be used in the subsequent new wave genre of the 1980s; as an offshoot of punk rock, new wave music had consisted of guitar-based songs derived from traditional rock and roll and blues scales and riffs, as represented by Devo's punk contemporaries the Sex Pistols and the Clash.
Legendary Punk Rock icon Henry Rollins is a
Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace
Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace is a live album released by American new wave band Devo, recorded during their 1988 "comeback tour" in promotion of the Total Devo album. It contains performances of several cuts from Total Devo but focuses on earlier material and contains one exclusive song, "It Doesn't Matter to Me." The first part of the show was a semi-acoustic set, in which the band played altered versions of earlier hits. The show's opener was an acoustic version of "Jocko Homo,", now slower and had a vocal melody change; the ballad-esque delivery of the song prompted Jerry Casale to exclaim, "I'll bet you didn't know, such a sad song." The next change was applied to "Going Under,", performed in a style similar to the E-Z Listening Disc version. The rest of the set was based on the original studio versions; the album's closing track is an eleven-minute medley of "Shout," "Somewhere" from West Side Story and "Disco Dancer." This is the second-longest track found in Devo's catalog and a longer studio version totaling eighteen minutes appeared on the Recombo DNA rarities compilation.
The studio version features a longer instrumental section and the addition of an older Devo song called "Social Fools." Devo's performance of "Disco Dancer" is nearly identical to the remixed version heard in the song's music video. The songs "Pity You" and "Beautiful World" were performed during the live set but are not included on the album; the cover art and tagline were based on the 1971 book The Beginning Was the End. Initial vinyl pressings were double LPs that contained three sides of music and a fourth "blank" side with etched signatures from the band; the label of the fourth side was marked, "ATTENTION SPUDS! NO GROOVE! DO NOT PLAY!" The description of the album as containing "More than one hour of uncensored sonic proof" is a deliberate joke on the part of Devo. The album's length is 1 second. "Jocko Homo" – 3:51 "It Doesn't Matter to Me" – 2:52 "Going Under" – 4:17 "Working in a Coal Mine" – 3:59 "Happy Guy" – 3:22 "That's Good" – 3:31 "Jerkin' Back'n' Forth" – 3:05 "Girl U Want" – 3:02 "Whip It" – 2:37 "Baby Doll" – 3:53 " Satisfaction" – 3:36 "Uncontrollable Urge" – 3:28 "Gut Feeling" – 3:13 "Gates of Steel" – 3:46 "Somewhere With Devo" – 11:20 Produced And Engineered By Gerald V. Casale And Bob Casale.
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E-Z Listening Disc
E-Z Listening Disc is a compilation album by the American new wave band Devo. It was released in 1987, on the label Rykodisc; the album is a compilation of all but one of the tracks from Devo's two E-Z Listening Muzak Cassettes, available only through Club Devo in 1981 and 1984 consisting of instrumental versions of classic Devo songs performed in the style of easy listening Muzak or New-age music. The original E-Z Listening Muzak Cassette, Volume 2 contained two versions of "Shout," but only one appears on the CD due to time constraints; the "Hello Kitty" version, featuring synthesizers and an electric guitar, was included on the CD, whereas the other is a lounge music version featuring electronic piano, synth bass and drums. Additionally, the CD does not replicate the original cassette track-order; the version of " Satisfaction" present here uses the original Rolling Stones guitar riff, which does not appear in any other versions of Devo's cover. The riff was added because this rendition would otherwise bear no resemblance to the original: indeed, the song's vocal harmony could not be replicated with an instrument and Devo's quiet bass-riff was the only indicator of what it was.
This album was re-released in March 2016, is available as either a double album or two CD box set. Along with the twenty tracks found on the E-Z Listening Cassettes, the re-release contains a newly recorded easy listening version of the song "Human Rocket" from Devo's 2010 album Something For Everybody. All songs by G. V. Casale, M. Mothersbaugh except where noted. All songs by G. V. Casale, M. Mothersbaugh except where noted. DevoMark Mothersbaugh – synthesizers.