To me Devo was always tongue in cheek; a joke within a joke, cavorting the most serious issues as sardonic fodder for a blank and materialistic generation that turned Whip It into a pop hit. Little did they know the jokes on them the whole time. Another thing that always made Devo dope to me was their ability to fit in with the ethos and ideas of punk while manifesting their destiny in a way unrivaled by peers. Not giving a fuck is the way. We are all Devo.
-Ordeal (New England rapper)
Devo is awesome. It’s weird and wonky and feels like if the whole world were a cartoon, the soundtrack would have to feature some their music. It makes we want to do silly walks like Monty Python. Also, given Mark Mothersbaugh’s work for cartoons, films and video games, I’m not taking any wild leaps when I say I was raised on the man’s odd musical stylings.
-Nick Baker (writer,musician and RBH contributor)
I feel a psychic bond with Devo. I grew up in Ohio so they were never too far out of sight. I attended Kent State University where they formed and over time grew to love their music. Devo’s albums age like fine wine. It’s actually timeless. They took the best parts of punk and new wave, warped with electronic and kraut rock sensibilities. Nobody could ever copy them. Bob will be sorely missed.
-Matt Greenfield (Rust Belt Hammer editor)
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