Devo is an American group formed in 1972 by the Mothersbaugh brothers (Mark and Bob), the Casale brothers (Gerald and Bob), Bob Lewis, joined some time later by Alan Myers.
The name of the group is said to come from the concept of "De-evolution", a concept based on the inevitable regression of the human race, due in part to the "sheep" effect particularly present in American society.
Their first performance under the name "Sextet Devo" took place in 1973 but it was not until 1976 to see their first single "Mongoloid" released. Followed in 1978 by "Be stiff". Highly regarded singles.
A highly regarded success that got them noticed by two era heavyweights David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Heavyweights who will recommend them to the label Warner Bros Records who sign them in stride.
The first album “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!" released shortly after, album with relative success. Followed in 1979 by the album "Duty now for the future" where the share of electronic instruments has increased considerably. The group’s notoriety is growing.
It was a year later in 1980 that the band suddenly experienced their heyday with the release of the album "Freedom of Choice", an album that displayed a totally electronic sound. And from which will be extracted their biggest hit to date, namely the now cult “Whip it”.
In 1981 the album "New traditionalists" was released, accompanied by the bonus single "Working in the coal mine". Then in 1982 it was the album "Oh, No! It’s Devo” which in turn is a darker sounding album. Followed in 1984 by the mediocre success album "Shout".
The band will release other albums later, but unfortunately they won't do much better. A quirky band, which will have passed like a UFO in the musical history of the 80s.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
(I can't get no) Satisfaction 1977
Girl U want 1980
Whip it 1980
Freedom of choice 1980
Working in the coal mine 1981
Beautiful world 1981
Trough being cool 1981
That’s good 1983
Theme from doctor Detroit 1983
Here to go 1984
Disco dancer 1988
Post post-modern man 1990
1977 ... it is thanks to this luxury cover of the mythical title dating from 1965 of The Stones that the group obtains its first notorious success. A revisited version that already says a lot about the crazy style that will become the group's trademark ...
1980 ... a change of decade which sees the group rise in quality in an obvious way. A first original title which prefigures a year which will prove to be exceptional for the group ...
1980 ... a hallucinating look, a style that is no less so and a typical American sound at the beginning of the 80s. Race results : a first deserved global mega hit. An exuberance that even the English will not be able to match ...
1980 ... the group confirms a talent, certainly completely wacky, but obvious. New hit on the clock, less prestigious than the previous one, but the momentum has been launched, it's clear !
1981 ... new year and...new global mega-hit. The group is establishing himself more and more as a sure value of the moment and confirms, title after title, a truly unique style of its kind
1981 ... from time to time, the group arises and produces pieces closer to the standards of the time. A little rest does not hurt, on the contrary ...
1981 ... the pass of 3 ! A group which quickly established himself as one of the best of the moment across the Atlantic. A 3rd hit which concludes a beautiful year 1981
1982 ... little year that this year 1982. A single title to chew on. What is certain is that the years change but the wacky side persists !
1983 ... a year 1983 which started again on the hats of wheel, to say the least. Inspiration is at its peak and produces a first big caliber title
1983 ... 2nd title of vintage 1983 and...2nd biggest success of their career. A literally boosted title, which spins at 200 km/h and works perfectly ! HU-GE !
1984 ... a year 1984 which looks nothing like the previous inspiration side. Result of the races, a title that goes somewhat unnoticed ...
1988 ... then nothing for 4 years. A too long break that will put the group in oblivion. A group that will never be able to find the dynamics of yesteryear again ...
1990 ... the last notorious hit. And again, little hit. Anyway, a career that will have spanned more than 15 years, which is quite remarkable !
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