Friday, 13 August 2010

Devo - Mongoloid

Album: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are  Devo! (Warner, 1978) Chart pos:N/A

No thier not the flower pot men in boiler suits.

For a band that pissed off metalheads with thier cover of Satisfaction its a wonder that Devo is loved by punks and metalheads alike. Henry Rollins is a massive Devo fan even releasing some of thier albums on his Infinite Zero label when thier record label couldn't give a shit about releasing them on CD. A look on Spotify for weird Devo covers led me to some cover of Girl U Want by some obsure hardcore band and a slower version by Soundgarden. Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana also covered some of thier songs. The funniest though is a thrash metal cover of Mongoloid by Sepultura which is fucking odd (but not as odd as thier U2 cover).

But listening to Mongoloid from thier debut its easier to understand why punks liked Devo as in thier early  Devo's sound was raw and minimalistc as punk rock. But after thier third album Freedom of Choice they seemed to lean towards being a synth pop band rather than a rock band who used synths which was a pity.

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