DEVO are a band with a message, they are also a band with bitchin’ songs and make keytars seem like a legitimate instrument. They are both high concept and dumb humour at once. The concept behind the band is the theory of de-evolution, the idea that instead evolving man is now de-evolving and becoming total assholes. They did this in a satirical way dressing up in costumes and conducting some seriously weird interviews
I think “a musical laxative for a constipated society” is the probably the best way to describe these guys. In an age where a band with a concept comes from something like My fucking Chemical shite-mance DEVO are an example of how its done well with irony and contempt permeating everything they do. They recognise what came before them and how to interpret it into a modern dystopic fantasy.
Anyone that could hear this in their head is a fucking idol.
1 album can’t do justice to DEVO so I’m giving you the bumper deal of their First album, which is for those of the punk persuasion
And for you glory-hogging bastards who just want ‘Whip It!’ here’s Freedom of Choice
PS. never ask Mark Mothersbaugh about Tivo