Saturday, September 27, 2008
This week's Saturday Song is dedicated in part to Blue Gal who will get the reference.
Devo were a new wave/geek rock group of Kent State University students who created a band based on a half-baked theory that humanity was de-evolving, hence DEVO. They created a whole world of bizarre characters and equally bizarre thematic elements that was as campy as it was cerebral. After subsisting as an underground sensation and darling of the college radio crowd for its first two albums, Devo achieved a degree of mainstream success with the quirky hit "Whip It". This song, "Jocko Homo" summarizes the mock-theory of Devo in a few sentences. The video features the original version of the song, which I much prefer to that which came later.
Mark Motherbaugh, the group's main songwriter later achieved success, scoring feature films and creating the soundtrack for popular childrens' television shows.
EDIT I'm not quite sure why youtube is giving people fits. I myself had a hard time accessing certain videos yesterday. If you can't view this video or any of the other posted on my blog, I recommend refreshing. If that doesn't work, then you may need to wait until later and hope matters are resolved then.