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*clickable documentation More than three decades after the release of its
visionary debut, 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We
Are Devo,' and a full 20 years since its last
studio album, Devo is back with the aptly titled
'Something for Everybody.' The long rumored,
wildly anticipated album features the band's
classic line-up - Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh,
Gerald and Bob Casale - joined by drummer Josh
Freese . Though the songs recorded for
'Something for Everybody' are built on Devo's
signature mechanized swing, the recording and
presentation of the album saw the band
experimenting with an entirely new approach. A
series of studies were conducted through the
clubdevo.com site to help the band with its
creative decisions, from color selection to song
mixes. In fact, 16 songs were recorded but only
12 made the final album. DEVO invited fans and
critics to help select the songs that they liked best to make the cut by participating in a Song Study at
clubdevo.com.Album Description2010 album from the ground-breaking Electro-Rock quintet.
Something for Everybody features the band's classic line-up of Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald
and Bob Casale joined by drummer Josh Freese. Though the songs recorded for Something for
Everybody are built on Devo's signature mechanized swing, the recording and resentation of the album
saw the band experimenting with an entirely new approach. A series of studies were conducted
through their website to help the band with its creative decisions, from color selection to song mixes.
Customer Review :
Back when I first got turned on to Devo in 1978, most of my running buddies were into Aerosmith,
AC/DC, Led Zep, Stones, etc. I still have the late 70 to early 80s Devo vinyl, and the first two in
particular got played so many times that it's a wonder they didn't melt. When I tried to turn most of my
friends on to them, they reacted pretty unanimously the same: "WTF (we didn't have those three letters
back in those days, but the saying was the same) is this?", and "This is just too damn weird for me".
Maybe it was the quirky album covers that turned them off, but the truth is that Devo rocked every bit
as hard (and often harder) than any of the so called "mainstream" bands of the day. There was clearly a
calculated, conceptual, artsy, and intellectual thing going on. Hell, they were produced by Brian Eno,
who had been hanging out with calculated, conceptual, artsy, and intellectual folks like David Bowie,
Roxy Music, and Talking Heads for years.
What appealed to me for the same reason those other Eno related bands did was that they were all
going way beyond just making great music. They were part of the contemporary art scene. Maybe -
that's- what turned most of my friends at the time off.
Anyway, fast forward 32 years or so, and I'm spinning "Something for everybody" in the stereo for
about the fifth or so time within about a week's time span.
There's no telling whether the song selection was truly selected by a focus group. It wouldn't be
surprising if that's just part of the conceptual art these guys have been doing their whole career. Focus
group selected or not, the songs have Devo's trademark irreverence, irony, and keep an intense pace
like in the old days. The songs will surely take on multiple dimensions once they're played live with
the whole audio visual thing Devo invented before the term even existed, but my one complaint about
"Something.." is that the vast majority of the album is played in the exact same key, so as a whole, the
songs begin to sound like one long song with constantly changing lyrics. Maybe that was the intent all
along, and maybe that might cause concert goers to go into a trance that much quicker.
Wonder why Eno didn't get onboard, and if he had, what the final result would have been.
Be that as it may, the Mothersbaugh and Casale brothers are still kicking some serious a** just like
back in the day.
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