Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What Would DEVO do?

Does it get any better than Devo? Sometimes I don't think so. From the 1978, Brian Eno produced album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, I give you: Shrivel-Up (the closing track). Now, Devo named themselves after the concept of devolution (the idea that humankind is not evolving and progressing, but actually de-volving [and slipping into a chasm of emptiness & dysfunction]), so these are some contemplative individuals. They made music echoing how they saw the world with "rigid, mechanical, jerky robotic rhythms." I deeply respect when an artist can do that. Is there anything more impressive? Let's hear it for atonal melodies!

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