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Are We Not Men? We Are Devo [CD]

Devo Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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1. Uncontrollable Urge
2. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
3. Praying Hands
4. Space Junk
5. Mongoloid
6. Joko Homo
7. Too Much Paranoias
8. Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)
9. Come Back Jonee
10. Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin')
11. Shrivel-Up

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Is this not a new wave classic?! Includes Jocko Homo; Mongoloid, and Satisfaction !

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When Devo's debut album came out in 1978, nobody knew what to make of the mutant new-wave quintet from Akron, Ohio. With Brian Eno's skillful production, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Jerry and Bob Casale, and Alan Myers emerged fully formed and outrageous with their razor-sharp social commentary and exhibition of subversive media savvy. Beyond their industrial uniforms and pseudo-devolved demeanor, Devo also happened to be a rocking little band. Classic rave-outs like "Mongoloid," "Jocko Homo," and "Uncontrollable Urge" illustrate the band's perky-jerky intensity. On their inimitable cover of the Rolling Stones' youth anthem, "Satisfaction," Devo's avant-garde robot funk takes the song to a new level of alienation and discontent. While the band went on to greater fame, this was the only album they made that truly mattered. --Mitch Meyers

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Devo Album Jan. 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. Devo's first album may be my favorite. It's starts with a great song "Uncontrollable Urge," and ends with another great song "Shrivel Up." From begining to end it is just a great Cd. The only thing I don't like is the length. It seems a little short to me. If you like Pop Rock, bands like Oingo Boingo or Talking Heads, then I think you will like Devo. This CD was so much ahead of it's time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devo borrowed from who Mr. Schwartz? Nov. 24 2009
Format:Audio CD
I hope you were joking when you imply Devo borrowed ideas from "Spandau Ballet, Human League, Thompson Twins and Visage." Because that's a pretty funny joke. Spandau Ballet started around 1979, Visage 1978, Human League + Thompson Twins 1977. Devo 1972 and had several bootlegs floating around prior to their first E.P. in 1977. Sorry your history is all wrong...This is a ground breaking album period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a great band Feb. 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although this is their first official release the band had been around already for 6 years doing their own home recordings and a handful of brilliant strange films. The old recordings, which were put out on the sadly out of print Hardcore Devo compilations were completely brilliant, insanely bizzare and very very unique. This album marks the end of that insane streak of genius and the watering down of Devo as the music got less strange and more bland, this album isn't horrible by any means but it certainly is a tame puppy compared to the recordings that actually got them signed, worse albums were to come as the music got far more mainstream though you could never convince Devo that.
If you're new to Devo buy this album then I guess download the Hardcore Devo Vol 1 and 2 albums to hear the REAL Devo, then pretend like they died in a plane crash after those. I really hate their other stuff and hate cruddy 80s music with the similiar sound, did they really HAVE to De-evolve like they did?
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5.0 out of 5 stars We're All Devo May 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
Okay, let's flashback in time. It's 1978, the height of the disco era and one can only wonder what the future of rock and roll will hold. Then, come one seminal moment in the history of rock, one television's Saturday Night Live, these young men from Akron, Ohio come out on stage in their yellow radioactive suits and perform "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" and put a little fun back into rock and roll.
Twenty-five years later, this disc remains a classic. Devo has always been hard to sort of pigeonhole or label. Perhaps, that is why their music is just as fresh now as it was back then.
Having Brian Eno and David Bowie in the wings did not hurt at all and one can only wonder if Eno had worked with the band more in later years what sort of the direction the band could have taken.
Nonetheless, Devo has never really enjoyed the fame that they rightfully deserved, but that's okay. Maybe that is why when you listen to them now their music defies any genre labels that have been the death knell for other bands from the same era.
Hey, this is some of the zaniest music with some of the craziest lyrics you will ever hear on a disc.
But don't just take my word for it. Buy the disc, slap it on and have yourself an enjoyable "devo" moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolute perfection May 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album with a friend one day, in one of those huge corporate electronics stores. I picked it up immedietely, having heard the greatness of "Jocko Homo" and "Satisfaction" before. My friend looked at the album in my hands, and said the following thing:
"Hah, they had that song 'Whip It,' didn't they?" Immediately afterwards he rolled his eyes. Hmph.
Why Devo is so dismissed as an eighties novelty band is lost on me. Heck, I even like "Whip It" for it's musical qualities. But would you catch me saying that to anyone anymore? No way. I'd get the same response every time.
Sad that those idiots will never listen to this amazing, one-of-a-kind album. "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!" is musically flawless, a combonation of the aggressive post-punk feel with a little (but thankfully, not too much) new wave mixed in. The result is pleasing to the ears and very danceable. Just my kind of music.
I love every single song on this album; I fear that if I began to name off my favorites, I'd list the whole album.
So, I'll just list my top favorites as of right now: there's the wonderful, sort of creepy masterpiece "Shrivel Up," a song with a catchy melody (the kind that will stick in your head for a long time) and odd, kooky lyrics. There's also the near-instrumental "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy," featuring almost two and a half minutes of nothing but amazing music (with a piano thrown in for good measure). "Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin')" has one of the weirdest and catchiest choruses anywhere.
Oh, if only I had the time to name of the merits of each song on here. Seriously, every single song counts. You'll be liking "Come Back Jonee" as much as the classic "Jocko Homo." Although it may take a couple listens to truly get into the vibe of this album, it's well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic, Spastic, Perfect and Brilliant May 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
The mere fact that, 25 years on, "Q: Are We Not Men" still sounds fresher and more ground breaking than anything the new millennium has yet to offer should tell you already just how essential this CD is. Be that as it may, the Men From Akron had a vision about the future of rock and a very twisted view about entertaining people. They came up with their delightfully automatonic stage show, complete with modified instruments and heavy on the keyboards, the goofy yellow uniforms and most importantly, the highly ironic worldview that, no matter how hard you tried, the world was going to hell in reverse gear.
The DEVO world jerked like a factory line machine, and twitched like carbonated hormones inbred with misfired Chuck Berry licks. How else could their version of "Satisfaction" have ever been born if not for white guy frustration in an increasingly machinated world? To wit: "Mongoloid" is a man who is no different than the men who "wore a hat, had a job, and he brought home the bacon." The heroine of "Come Back Jonee" grieves for the boyfriend who wanted to become a rock legend but "ran head on into a semi, the guitar's all that's left now."
...No matter how you view this, it is still a perfect merger of discontent, vision, and Brian Eno's skillful coloring of Devo's earlier hardcore leanings. The visual sense that DEVO embodied helped turn the spudboys into stars, but with "Q: Are We Not Men?" however, DEVO crafted a musical statement for the ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not easy listening, but fun
I bought this album for my husband. He has really enjoyed listening to it. I have also liked being introduced to some music from his "formative years". Read more
Published on May 22 2011 by dozzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance by robotic intelligence
OOooh ,yeah! Uncontrollable urge is surging.Every time I listen to this CD,I cannot help giggling over those guys who have fire inside them with all their might. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Sound Profiler
5.0 out of 5 stars No comparison!
O.K. I'd like to start off by pointing out that this record was the end result of DEVO's long and complicated de-evolution from multi-media project to major label "pop"... Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by jason gilmour
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF ALL 80's BANDS!
Except for They Might Be Giants, maybe.
I really like 80's music and listen to it a lot.
Now, pay attention.
This CD/tape/LP is NOTHING like those bands. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by DominEl
5.0 out of 5 stars Gut Feeling is not from a coffee club.
Greg Schwartz's smoking gun; ie Devo's song "Gut Feeling" was stolen from Spandu Ballet's "Coffee Club" (off of their Diamond Album) was enough to peek my... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars in response to other reviews, who's ripping who...
Devo was formed in 1972.
Their first performance was in 1973.
Their first release was in 1976.
Human League? Spandau Ballet?!?
I don't think so.
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Phill
4.0 out of 5 stars just for the record...
spandau ballet formed in 1979.
human league formed in 1977, but did not release an album until 1979. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by BrokenNosedMogul
3.0 out of 5 stars Greg Schwartz from The Netherlands is factually wrong
This debut Devo album was released in July 1978 and their second in mid 1979.
The Human League's first single was released in June 1978. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by Peter Summers
1.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old generic corporate slop
This band totally bit their style and message from such Euro-synth groups as Human League, Thompson Twins and Visage. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by Greg Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore 'Music Fan from Seattle'
It's spelt RAMONES! This album should be in any true music fan's collection. It was so far ahead of anything being done at the time it's ridiculous. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003
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