How browsing a video archive helped me find one of the best bands of my childhood.
Two days ago I was browsing You Tube
and happened across and oldDEVO
Video called Beautiful World
, a song I had never heard of.
Like most kids born in the 70's when DEVO hit it big I was not exactly concerned with them. I had heard Whip It and that's all I knew of DEVO . I learned that song by heart thanks to a K-TEL record that also included Blondie's-Tide is High and Pat Benatar's-Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Unfortunately as I said that is all of them I knew.
That changed VERY quickly. When I found the video to Beautiful World I didn't know what to expect. I was VERY surprised. The DEVO I had thought I knew as a child as being a silly group who wore flower pots on their heads, had actually written an excellent song. And the video was great to, starting out very nice and then doing a 180 with the same cheerful lyrics but different visuals. I wonder if they have thought of updating the video?
I went on to find another DEVO video called Peek A Boo. This had more of the spirit from the band I was used to with Whip It. What through me off on this one was the computer graphics. While they look stupidly simple now, they were cutting edge at one time.
Another thing that I didn't remember about DEVO is their military like precision. This is especially noticeable in Peek A Boo. It must've taken a long time to get that well in synch.
DEVO is still around today, and still performing. They're lead vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh has become quit a successful film composer often employing the other members of the band. They have even spawned a kiddie pop version DEVO 2.0 which is sponsored by, of all places Disney.
So the future of the De-Evolutionary army seems secure. What will the next few years or even few decades bring? Only the Energy Dome donning
DEVO seem to know and they will have fun I'm sure telling us all the answer.
KeyWords:Devo,Devo 2.0,Beautiful World,Peek A Boo,You Tube, Matthew Ulmen,Disney