Devo-ing, de-evolution, devo ringing true 20 years later

Are we still devolving?

Something about the stupid lyrics and the meaning of the insanity attracted me to devo long ago.  I’m not much of a fac though — must be de-evolving.  Yet the message is still rining true after 20 years.  We aren’t moving forward, we are slipping back into the mental abyss, into the quagmire of nilislism and anarchy.  Representative government has failed us and bailed out the capitalistic nightmare.  The country is in debt until kingdom come.

Good reason to listen to music like the Talking Heads and Devo.  If you want go to

In the Jerry Casale Interview you learn how the group was first received and how their popularity rose and fell as times changed.    Here is a clip,

 Was your experience any different when you went out as one of the headliners at Lollapalooza in 1996?

 That was different. Because obviously …what we’re talking about was in 1978, going in front of a crowd that was entrenched in the previous music scene, and were there to see their heroes who were on their way out. And we come up as the new kids who are completely offensive and revolutionary to this crowd. And shocking. With Jocko Homo and the theory of de-evolution, and not looking or sounding or acting anything like those other bands. By the time you get to 1996 and Lollapalooza, we are the elder statesmen of new wave being allowed to show up and be accepted by the young crowd. Like, OK you guys, it turned out you weren’t outrageous, you were right, De-evolution’s real, cool, we all know it. Let’s watch these old guys, they can still play. So we were trotted out like the legacy act.

Devo History thank you wikipedia.  I didn’t have to do any research really.  I hope it is all true!

What’s you band of the past?  What one reflected ideas that caught your ear long ago?


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