Classic & Current Contemporary Non-Schlock-Rock Metropolitan Music
Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo! (July 1978) - Devo
The first time I saw this record was when I was cleaning out a room full of records at the head offices of Southern Broadcasting in September 1978. WFDD's Student Station Manager, Deborah, knew the owner. Since none of his stations played rock and roll, he invited us to come take what we wanted. There was a ton of cool stuff there and I stuffed the back of my MGB-GT to the max.
This was when I was starting to make that transition from the prog rock of the 70s and finally catching the "wave." The cover with Chi Chi Rodriguez's in the middle of a giant golf ball prompted me to put this record on first when I got home. My first impression was that it was so stupid it was comedic. Yet I felt compelled to keep putting it on my turntable.
A couple of weeks later I was watching "The Midnight Special." Well, I wasn't really watching it; I had it on in the background because I heard The Cars or someone like that was supposed to be on. Then I looked up and there was Todd Rundgren. He made a cameo to introduce a video by Devo and before I knew what was happening "Come Back Jonee" was on my TV. By then I was totally hooked. It took me awhile to even notice that most of the record was produced by Brian Eno.
Shortly after all this Devo started showing up on more late-night TV. Remember the "Saturday Night Live" show where they wore the yellow suits and played "Satisfaction"? My favorite part was at the end when, oh who was it, was it Gerald? I'll have to go watch it again, but anyway the songs ends, and one of them stiffly raises his arm in the air. I love it.
I also remember seeing a little movie somewhere based on this record that was pretty strange. There are clips from it on the record liner. I also have a picture disk of Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo! with shots from that film that I bought from Camelot Records for $3.99. I still have it, too. Devo went on to become one of my all-time favorite bands, and I still consider this record a must-have.
Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo! Original Album Tracks
Additional Tracks on 2009 Remastered Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo!
CD & iTunes
Vintage Playlists with Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo! Songs
Deaconlight at WFDD-FM
New Generation Show at WKZL
More Devo at Deaconlight.com