Are We Not Men? We Are Devo CD
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Is this not a new wave classic?! Includes Jocko Homo; Mongoloid, and Satisfaction !
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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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?
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.
"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.
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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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 morePublished on May 22 2011 by dozzy
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 morePublished on July 2 2004 by Sound Profiler
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 morePublished on May 28 2004 by jason gilmour
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 16 2004
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.
spandau ballet formed in 1979.
human league formed in 1977, but did not release an album until 1979. Read more
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
This band totally bit their style and message from such Euro-synth groups as Human League, Thompson Twins and Visage. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by Greg Schwartz