Hardcore Vol. 2

Superior Viaduct SV025LP
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DEVO’s Hardcore documents the group’s beginning as pre-punk outcasts in the fertile Akron, Ohio, underground rock scene. Spawned at the nearby college of Kent State, site of the infamous May 4 Massacre, DEVO formed as a conceptual art project armed with the radical philosophy of de-evolution. Brothers Mothersbaugh (Mark, Bob and Jim) and Brothers Casale (Jerry and Bob) along with drummer Alan Myers soon whipped up an otherworldly brand of “devolved blues” that could hold its own alongside the beatnik groove of 15-60-75 (a.k.a. The Numbers Band) or the primal rock poetry of The Bizarros.
Recorded on various four-track machines and in tiny studios, basements and garages between 1974-1977, Hardcore reveals their strikingly clear vision: rock ’n’ roll stripped bare of its collective cool and jerked back into propaganda fit for post-modern man. It’s no surprise that these transmissions would soon catch the eye and ear of Brian Eno, who later produced their landmark 1978 debut album. Noisy synth, strangled guitar chops and a primitive rhythmic thud power the early DEVO sound. Threaded beneath it all are lyrical themes of post-McCarthy paranoia, middle-class ephemera and DEVO’s long-running topic of choice: sex, or lack thereof.
Few moments in pop music history can match the grinding, pent-up energy of “Mongoloid” and the spastic bounce and sputter of “Jocko Homo” (two anthems presented in their earlier and superior versions here). Cult favorites like “Mechanical Man” and “Auto-Modown” make Volume 1 essential listening.
Superior Viaduct and Booji Boy Records are proud to present DEVO’s Hardcore to a new generation of spuds, lovingly packaged with Moshe Brakha’s stunning cover photography. As David Bowie said in 1977, DEVO is indeed “the band of the future.”

Devo: Hardcore Vol. 2

Booji Boy's Funeral Devo 04' 00''
Can You Take It Devo 03' 02''
Bamboo Bimbo Devo 03' 19''
A Plan For U Devo 03' 14''
The Rope Song Devo 03' 23''
Goo Goo Itch Devo 02' 19''
Be Stiff Devo 03' 21''
All Of Us Devo 04' 55''
Baby Talkin' Bitches Devo 02' 27''
I Need A Chick Devo 02' 53''
U Got Me Bugged Devo 02' 48''
Chango Devo 03' 13''
Fraulein Devo 03' 08''
Dogs Of Democracy Devo 03' 29''
37 Devo 03' 00''
Bottled Up Devo 02' 24''
Working In A Coalmine Devo 03' 16''
I Been Refused Devo 03' 35''
Fountain Of Filth Devo 03' 28''
Clockout Devo 03' 11''
Let's Go Devo 02' 42''

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