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DE-EVOLUTION IS NOW! HARCORE DEVO LIVE CONJURES UP THE GOOD TIMES

March 20, 2020

Devo revisits their roots and reboot early songs and demos from 1974 to 1977. Photo courtesy Discogs

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I wanted to leave the Polaris review up as long as I could to promote those shows. Now, with all this hub-bub about the Coronavirus, even though they pretty much sold out the New York shows, there is a most unfortunate chance that these shows will have to be delayed as will the release of the new edition of Songs From The Adventures Of Pete And Pete album. Regardless, you folks need new stuff to read, so here’s a nice lengthy review to read while you socially distance.

In 1990 Devo released Hardcore Devo Vol. 1, 74-77 on Rykodisc. Hardcore Devo Vol. 2, 1974 – 1977 followed a year later. The crux of these albums was the collection and curation of early compositions, demos and stuff no label in their right mind would put out. But for many years in the 80s and 90s, Rykodisc specialized in just that. Weird shit. I have the Ryko David Bowie Scary Monsters CD which includes some bonus tracks which were way out.

Now many songs on both these volumes are recognizable to the above average Devo fan. Songs from albums like their debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, Freedom Of Choice, Duty Now For The Future, even all the way up to one of my favorites, New Traditionalists. Some were even revisited and put out as bonus tracks on other albums. But the true meat behind these songs would be their original arrangements, original instruments, original parts, low-fi, low-budget, low expectation.

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ROXY MUSIC- A LOOK AT THE PREMIER PROG-GLAM BAND WITH THE VIDEO STORY MORE THAN THIS

July 21, 2018

Gaze upon the glam! You can with the DVD More Than This, The Story Of Roxy Music. Photo courtesy of Amazon

My long time mentor back in the 80’s (Storkasaurus Maximus) had introduced me to one Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI, mostly through his Ambient works. If you feel like you are harried, unravelling, uncontrollable, put everything you have aside and just listen to any of his Ambeint series, Music For Airports is a particular pulse calmer. A more commercial route to Avant Eno would be his Music For Films, Vol. 1. There are shorter “songs” with equal amounts of signal-mutation, time-altering melody mangling but in three to five minute increments.

So Imagine my shock when I saw my first Roxy Music video (Virginia Plain) and I was hooked. Then, as the shots hop around the band FOLY FUCK THAT’S ENO! A long blond-ish-colored hair, heavy glam make up, and an outfit to rival future co-conspirator, the late David Bowie. And if that weren’t enough, and by gawd it ought to be, every time the song comes to the measure or so of rest, it’s Eno raping a synthesizer unaccompanied!

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