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Background information
Origin Akron, Ohio, United States
Genre(s) Punk Rock
New Wave
Art Rock
Years active 1972—present
Label(s) Virgin Records
Rhino Records
Stiff Records
Enigma Records
Associated acts Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers
Website Website
Mark Mothersbaugh
Bob Mothersbaugh
Gerald Casale
Bob Casale
Josh Freese
Former members
Bob Lewis
Peter Gregg
Fred Weber
Rod Reisman
Jim Mothersbaugh
Alan Myers
David Kendrick

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Devo Overview


Devo (pronounced /ˈdiːvoʊ/ DEE-voh, originally /diːˈvoʊ/ dee-VOH) is an American band formed in Akron, Ohio in 1973. The band had a #14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It", and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence. Their style over time has shifted between punk, art rock, post-punk, and New Wave. Their music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their often discordant pop songs feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave, industrial and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating many memorable clips for the Laser Disc format, with "Whip It" getting heavy airplay in the early days of MTV.

Something for Everybody (2010) Smooth Noodle Maps (1990) Total Devo (1988) Shout (1984)

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DEVO To Guest Star In Episode Of Futurama

June 7, 2010
DEVO are set to star in an upcoming episode of Futurama. The band will feature in the 100th episode of Matt Groening's animated show where they will campaign for mutant rights.  Read more 

Devo To Play 2010 Winter Olympic Games

January 27, 2010
Devo have been invited to play at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, ahead of their first album in two decades. The post-punk weirdos are coming out of retirement to wrap up a Victory Ceremony on February 22 that will be broadcasted to an estimated global audience of 3 billion. Other headline acts performing at a ceremony each night from February 13 to 27 include Feist, Usher, Our Lady Peace, and The Fray.  Read more 

Santigold Producing Her 'Band Idols' Devo

January 7, 2010
Santigold has teamed up with New Wave legends Devo to produce some of their new material. Currently working on her second studio album, the star - real name Santi White - admitted she was overwhelmed with the whole experience.  Read more 

Devo Planning First New Studio Album In 20 Years

March 12, 2009
Devo are to release their first new studio album in almost 20 years, it's been announced. The band, who formed in Ohio in 1973, will release their new effort in autumn next year.   Read more 

Devo To Play Seminal Album At Special London Gig

March 6, 2009
New Wave pioneers Devo are set to play a special London gig this summer that will see them play their seminal album 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo?' in its entirety. The Ohio natives will play the gig at the Kentish Town Forum on May 6 ahead of their scheduled appearance at All Tomorrow's Parties: The Fans Strike Back.  Read more 

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