New Traditionalists – Devo

Beautiful people everywhere…
I haven’t listened to this album for more than 20 years, I wasn’t sure it was going to stand up now (I do still like the first 2 Devo albums very much), but outside of a few duff tracks there is still plenty of good tunes. I still like Beautiful World, sounding like a song celebrating the world and everything in it, it is actually a lot darker. Those wacky Mothersbaughs though are a bit odd and this whole Devo-lution thing is quite strange, you really need to be careful when you play with big concepts like social Darwinism. Going under is also a great track, it is funny but the tracks I liked 25 years ago sound quite ordinary now.
Hidden gem: The Super Thing (although it sounds like Sound of the Crowd by The Human League)

Are we Not Men – Devo

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, y-y-y-y-y-y-y-yeah! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, y-y-y-y-y-y-y-yeah!
Sat in the garden today trying to listen to Are we Not Men, but had to do battle with daughter’s Capital Radio. A song came on the radio which I am fairly sure made reference to chiropratology. A bit of an odd healthcare profession to appear in a rap song, outside of the traditional use of doctors in songs. This got me thinking about other bands that could get away with using chiropractors in their songs. The only two I can think of are the Residents and Devo. Wonder what could you rhyme with lumbar disc prolapse? Or maybe we could have a more accurate bones song, the L1 is connected to the L2 the L2 is connected to the L3…
Anyway the Devo album still sounds good after 30 odd years of listening, and Gut Feeling is still maybe the best track on the album. Maybe the track Slap your Mammy could feature A and E doctors.