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Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology (2CD) Best of


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  • Audio CD (May 19 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00004SUYJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. We're All Devo!
2. Jocko Homo (Booji Boy Version)
3. Mongoloid (Booji Boy Version)
4. Be Stiff (Stiff Version)
5. Uncontrollable Urge
6. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
7. Too Much Paranoias
8. Come Back Jonee
9. Triumph Of The Will
10. Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA
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Disc: 2
1. General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now
2. Peek-A-Boo!
3. That's Good
4. Big Mess
5. One Dumb Thing
6. Theme From Doctor Detroit (Dance Mix)
7. Shout
8. Here To Go (Go Mix Version)
9. Are You Experienced?
10. I Wouldn't Do That To You
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As this excellent two-CD anthology (with hologram cover, natch) shows, Devo were always under-estimated. Far too clever. Far too catchy. Too many flowerpots on heads, not enough mascara. Too much devo-lution, not enough evolution. Around the time of 1984's sixth album Shout, Mark Mothersbaugh's brittle, sharp anti-Americana, Captain Beefheart and Banana Splits-influenced quintet had degenerated into quirky self-parody. (Although some might claim they'd always been that.) Certainly, Devo weren't adverse to introducing elements of S&M into the pop charts ("Whip It"). Their debut single discussed Darwinism, Ted Browning's "Freaks" and the consumer society ("Jocko Homo"). The follow-up jerkily jumped up and down upon 15 years of popular culture ("Satisfaction"). Devo could never be accused of being boring. 1982's wilfully strange "Peek-A-Boo" was a precise, ordered, electro-groove, and their later groovalicious covers of "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini" (from Revenge Of The Nerds II) and Jimi Hendrix have to be heard to be believed. As Pioneers Who Got Scalped shows, Devo were a fine, fine band. --Everett True

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Quelle Excellente façon de pouvoir découvrir, de façon relativement complète, les meilleurs coups du groupe culte de Post-Punk et de renomée légendaire appellé DEVO! Tous leurs classiques y sont inclus (Whip It, Through Being Cool, Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, It's A Beautiful World, Etc.), le tout additionné d'une multitude de raretées très interessantes qui se sont retrouvées sur des compilations obscures, des trames sonores de films qui sont tombés dans l'oubli collectif ou qui n'ont simplement jamais vu le jour commercialement. Un son toujours aussi actuel, même après tant d'années, et un message critique engagé sur la société (voir la définition du nom DEVO) qui s'applique encore aujourd'hui et dont la génération d'aujourd'hui et future devrait tenir compte. En résumé: DEVO, Pioneers Who Got Scalped, un album essentiel, brillant et très complet, autant pour ceux qui ont vécu musicalement les décennies 70-80, que pour ceux qui veulent s'initier au style DEVO.
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Pioneers Who Got Scalped has always given me mixed emotions. It is a solid two CD set packed with extras. It is too bad that it is the older stuff I am more impressed with than the newer material that has been put out since the spud boys have (mostly) hung up the energy domes. The music industry is ripe today for DEVO's humor and message and could use a little devolution to become more human again...or maybe less drum machiens would be a better start...
I digress. One of my favorite bits on the cd's is the cover of Nine Inch Nail's Head Like A Hole. Devo is a bit of a whild card with covers. Don't Be Cruel was more peanut and nanner sandwiches than spud, while Are You Experienced was as far removed (and in tune) from Hendrix as the song could get. Head Liek A Whole is very faithfully covered by DEVO and somehow manages to be as enjoyable a Reznor's original. It is a vingnette of the talent of the spud boys and this set.
The cover of the cd is also nifty with the 1970's moving picture thing as you change the angle.
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I have to resist the temptation to five star this spud-puppy, because the great stuff is truly, truly great. It's easy to listen to these two CD's and see where the sound of things falling apart, as they likened the "Are We Not Men" WB debut to, began falling apart. Disc one covers the territory up to "New Traditionalists," and is just too juicy to describe. But I'll try. Let's face it, NOBODY sounded like the band that made the original "Jocko Homo." By the time Brian Eno polished the sound with his visionary production style, the Spudboys were tinkering with the elemental theories of rock. By breaking "Satisfaction" into a robotic yelp with a rhythm akin to a factory worker's machine line, they tweaked convention so hard that there was no way to ignore their arrival. "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" not only rocked punkishly hard, it also described the band's vision of their placement as "suburban robots to monitor reality."
With that kind of formula in place, genius could not be long in coming. With "Freedom of Choice" and "New Traditionalists," they delivered in spades. (Or is that spuds?) "Freedom Of Choice" bent and twisted the crazy consumerist mentality that makes us believe we have so much to decide on, when we really are just being manipulated. Witness the title song's lyrical bite as well as the hit, "Whip It," which strung self help mantras with a razor sharp wit and dance floor snap. After that, success seemed to elevate the cynicism, with "Beautiful World" bemoaning that, although things might be good for some, the closing line of "It's a beautiful world for you, but not for me" spoke to every isolated misfit the macho world of hair band metal and success at all cost Reagen Republicanism had ever stomped on.
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By A Customer on Nov. 2 2001
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This could have been soooo much better, which is why I can only give it a measly 3 stars. Granted, most of the material is top notch, but with these "Anthologies" being primarily aimed at fans, I have to ask: Where's the beef? Having been an avid but not fanatical Devo listener before purchasing this 2 CD set, I was already familiar with the bulk of this anthology through owning the Warner Bros. Greatest Hits & Misses CD's and the band's first four studio albums.
Disc One of this anthology does and adequate but unspectacular job of documenting Devo's Warner Bros. career. Unfortunately, this was already done pretty well by the Greatest Hits and Misses CD's, and Disc One has very little to add to these previously released compilations...Sure, you get the Booji Boy label recordings of "Mongoloid" and "Jocko Homo", but these are the lone representatives from Devo's extensive pre-Warner career. And, somewhat annoyingly, the Disc One tracks differ very little from the Greatest Hits and Misses selections. Devo had some killer album only cuts like "Going Under" and "Strange Purtsuit" and it would have been nice to see some of these see the light of day rather than the standard hits and semi-hits. Aside from these criticisms, Disc One is still a great listen for either the rabid or casual fan-- this was Devo in their prime, and few have come close to matching their blend of intelligence, wit, and innovation in pop music.
Disc Two is comprised mostly of the band's later work and lacks the consistent quality of Disc One. It starts out strongly enough with tracks from Devo's 5th album, but after that the tracks progressively (and, perhaps, appropriately) de-evolve into 80's synth pop crapola.
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