Wednesday, March 24, 2010



Formed in 1974 by Kent State art students Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo took its name from their concept of "de-evolution" - the idea that instead of evolving, mankind has actually regressed. Their music echoed this view of society as rigid, repressive, and mechanical, with appropriate touches -- jerky, robotic rhythms; an obsession with technology and electronics often atonal melodies and chord progressions - all of which were filtered through the perspectives of conceptual misfits. Devo became a cult sensation, helped in part by their concurrent emphasis on highly stylized visuals and groundbreaking music videos directed by Gerald Casale.

Devolved and devoted, Devo is posed for retro greatness, returning to their most conceptual roots as a virtual agency hatching ideas and projects from the ground up.Devo is releasing their first new studio album in 19 years via their Devo Song Study, a musical experiment on the internet.

Devo's contribution to Typing In Public:

It's not nuclear weapons we must fear but rather the human mind itself, or lack of it, on this planet. De-evolution is real. -- Gerald Casale for Devo
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