DEVO's Debut From 1978 Turns 40

DEVO's Debut From 1978 Turns 40

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Devo at The Old Waldorf Nightclub in 1978 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

Produced by Brian Eno, DEVO's debut full-length studio album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, was playfully subversive. From the smiling image of pro golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez on its cover, to the herky-jerky version of “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” in its grooves.

Though the principles of de-evolution would be further described on future releases, the Ohio quintet lay the groundwork for their skewed vision of reality on such songs as “Mongoloid” and “Jocko Homo.”

Released 40 years ago this week, the gold-certified Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, has only risen in critical stature since then, and both Pitchfork and Rolling Stone have cited the set as one of the 1970s greatest albums.




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