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Oh, No! It's Devo is the fifth studio album by American new wave band Devo, released in 1982 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was recorded over a period of four months, between May and September 1982, at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles and was produced by Roy Thomas Baker.


According to a 1982 interview with lead vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh, the album was titled Oh, No! It's Devo because "there are many people out there who, when they hear we're around again or have one more album coming out, that is their reaction."[2]

In later interviews, Devo's co-founder and bass guitarist Gerald Casale stated that the album was born out of critical reviews in which the band were alternately described as both "fascists" and "clowns."[3] In response, the band decided to make an album that would answer the question, "what would an album by fascist clowns sound like?"[4]

The song "I Desire" brought the band controversy, as the lyrics were taken directly from a poem written by John Hinckley, Jr., who had attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster.[5] "Big Mess" was inspired by letters sent to a game show host by someone using the name "Cowboy Kim".[6]

Devo took on another new look for this album, wearing black T-shirts and slacks with white "Spud Ring" collars. In concert, these were augmented with Freedom of Choice (1980) era energy domes and New Traditionalists (1981) era shirts and ascots for part of the performance. The LP jacket had a cutout stand on the back so it could be stood up like a picture frame.


Devo supported the album with a North American tour.[7]

The band also produced three music videos for the album: "Time Out for Fun," "Peek-a-Boo!" and "That's Good". All three videos eschewed Devo's previous narrative style for a basic performance against a bluescreen background displaying related visuals to the song. These were intended to replicate the band's intentions for the forthcoming tour for those who would be unable to attend. The video for "That's Good" ran into censorship troubles on MTV, as the juxtaposition of a cartoon french fry penetrating the hole of a doughnut and quickly cutting to a writhing, smiling nude woman, shot from the neck up, was considered too risqué for airplay. Band member and video director Gerald Casale later elaborated in an interview for the 33⅓ series book Devo's Freedom of Choice in 2015:

"We got this call from [MTV co-founder] Les Garland, He was like, 'Look, we know what you're trying to do here.' I go, What do you mean? He goes, 'Ya know, when that cartoon French fry glides through that cartoon donut and then it's with the girl looking happy. You can have the French fry, or you can have the donut, but you can't have the French fry and the donut, Otherwise, you can't cut to the girl.' And I go, 'But what about when the French fry hits the donut and breaks in half and she's sad?' And he goes 'Alright you little smart ass.' It was horrible. Then I go, 'What about that Billy Idol video you have and the girls are in skin-tight pants and their asses are full on in the screen and his head is between her legs and then somebody slaps her ass? What about that?' He goes, 'we're talking about you, we're not talking about them."

Casale eventually relented and made significant cuts to the video, which he came to regret, as "the song was going down in the charts, not up."

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauB+[9]
Rolling Stone[10]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[11]

Trouser Press called the album "pointlessly produced by Roy Thomas Baker," writing that it "failed to slow the creative slide."[12] The Globe and Mail determined that the band and Baker captured "a full and satisfying sound without losing the spastic mechanical repetitiveness for which Devo is known."[13]

The Spin Alternative Record Guide deemed "That's Good" and "Big Mess" "Devo at its most pointed and charming."[11]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, except where noted

Side one
1."Time Out for Fun"2:48
3."Out of Sync"3:34
5."That's Good"3:23
Side two
1."Patterns" 2:57
2."Big Mess" 2:42
3."Speed Racer"Mark Mothersbaugh2:38
4."What I Must Do" 2:34
5."I Desire"3:13
6."Deep Sleep" 3:24
Total length:32:14

1993 Virgin Records Oh, No! It's Devo/Freedom of Choice CD bonus tracks:

13."Peek-a-Boo! (Dance Velocity)"4:38

1995 Infinite Zero Archive/American Recordings CD bonus tracks:

12."Part of You"2:49
13."Find Out"3:22
14."Peek-a-Boo!" (Dance Velocity)4:36
15."Peek-a-Boo!" (DEVO Dub)5:24
16."Here to Go" (Go Mix Version)5:32
17."Here to Go" (Here to Dub Version)5:44


Credits adapted from Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology CD liner notes:[14]


Credits adapted from the original album's liner notes:[15]

Additional musician

  • Annerose Bücklers – backing vocals on "Deep Sleep"


  • Roy Thomas Baker – producer
  • Gordon Fordyce – engineer
  • Stuart Graham – assistant engineer
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Erik Arnesen – cover photography
  • Devo Inc. – graphic concept
  • Rick Seireeni – art direction
  • Brent Scrivner – "Spudring" manufacturing


Devo's tour for the album was an innovative set up performed against a 12-foot, rear-projected video. Animated videos were produced for most the songs, synchronised to the music. For several songs, the band appeared to interact with the visuals, such as being kicked down by a giant pirate at the end of "Peek-a-Boo!", or shooting icons of unsynchronized dancing girls in "Out of Sync."

Later in the setlist, the screen would be removed to reveal Devo lit by moving lighting effects (Panaspots provided by Morpheus Lights). The Oh, No! It's Devo tour was the second concert tour known to utilize computerized moving lights, about one year after Genesis used 50 Vari-Lites (VL1's) on their Abacab tour.

The first show of the tour took place on October 30, 1982, at the Warner Beverly Hills Theater in Beverly Hills, California, and featured Wall of Voodoo as the opening act. It was filmed and transmitted live in 3-D to college campuses around the country, billed as "3-DEVO". This first performance was marred by technical mishaps: the backing track went out of sync during "Speed Racer," forcing the band to abandon the following performance of "Big Mess"; Mark Mothersbaugh's microphone cut out during "Out of Sync" and he was forced to perform the rest of the first set with guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh's microphone. In the second half of the show, the 3-D effects were ineffective and the band attacked the company providing the video twice: once during "Jocko Homo," with a series of cheap 3-D tricks (mostly snake nut cans) by Mothersbaugh; and once in a rant during "Beautiful World," delivered by the character Booji Boy. This concert was the only known live performance of "Explosions", which was cut from the rest the tour for unknown reasons.

The "3-DEVO" concert was later rebroadcast in a heavily edited version, omitting the technical gaffes and critical remarks. Both versions are available as bootlegs and several audio recordings of the tour exist in varying quality.


Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[16]57
New Zealand Albums Chart[17]10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18]38
US Billboard 200[19]47


  1. ^ Zax, Andy (2000). Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology (CD liner notes). Los Angeles: Rhino. R2 75967.
  2. ^ "Mark of Devo interview 1982". YouTube. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  3. ^ "Express Milwaukee: "Devo is like the House Band on the Titanic", Alan Scully, 30 June 2010". June 30, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  4. ^ "SXSW - Devo". YouTube. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "I Desire by Devo | Song Stories | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "Ultra Geek - Cowboy Kim Letters". Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  7. ^ Warren, Doug (November 29, 1982). "They Are Devo and You, Devoted Fans, Are Spuds". Miami Herald. p. 6C.
  8. ^ "Oh No! It's Devo Review by Steve Huey". AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2023.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Devo". Robert Christgau.
  10. ^ Miller, Debby (February 17, 1983). "Devo Oh, No! It's Devo". Rolling Stone. No. 389. Archived from the original on August 27, 2006.
  11. ^ a b Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. pp. 110, 111.
  12. ^ "Devo". Trouser Press. Retrieved July 10, 2023.
  13. ^ Lacey, Liam (November 20, 1982). "Oh No! It's Devo Devo". The Globe and Mail. p. F6.
  14. ^ Devo (2000). Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology (CD liner notes). Rhino. R2 75967.
  15. ^ Devo (1982). Oh, No! It's Devo (LP liner notes). Warner Bros. Records. 1-23741.
  16. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 88. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  17. ^ " - Discography Devo". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  18. ^ " – Devo – Oh, No! It's Devo". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2022.
  19. ^ "Devo Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2022.

External links


Veröffentlichungen von Devo die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Oh, No! It's Devo

Devo auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Devo (Eigenschreibweise DEVO) ist eine New-Wave-Band aus den USA, die 1972 in Akron, Ohio gegründet wurde. Mark Mothersbaugh ist Hauptsänger. Der Name leitet sich vom Prinzip der „De-Evolution“ ab – die Band behauptet, dass die Menschheit keiner Evolution mehr unterliege, sondern sich vielmehr im Laufe der Zeit zurückentwickle.


Inspiriert wurde die Band unter anderem durch das kreationistische Pamphlet Jocko Homo Heavenbound von B. H. Shadduck (1924), das in dem Song Jocko Homo verarbeitet ist und auch die Vorlage zum „Devolutionary Oath“ gab. Auch das unten genannte Buch von Oscar Kiss Maerth, das den „evolutionären Abstieg“ der Menschheit beschreibt, war für die Band prägend. Der Refrain „Are we not men? We are Devo!“ des Songs spielt auf eine Szene im Film Die Insel des Dr. Moreau an.

Bob und Gerald Casale (1978)
Frontmann Mark Mothersbaugh bei einem Auftritt von Devo beim Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (2007)

Für das Cover der CD Now It Can Be Told wurde der Einband der amerikanischen Ausgabe des Buches Der Anfang war das Ende von Oscar Kiss Maerth (siehe Literatur) verwendet. Laut Devo befinde man sich bereits in einem Dritten Weltkrieg, in dem allerdings keine Gefahr von nuklearen Waffen ausgeht, sondern von menschlichen Gedanken und Handeln. Die Waffen sind unter anderem Flugpassagiere, die Geld sparen wollen und Billigairlines nutzen, oder Touristen, die Vergnügungsparks besuchen.

Bisweilen trat die Band – in völlig anderem Outfit – als ihre eigene Vorgruppe auf. Es dauerte immer eine Weile, bis das Publikum die Band erkannte.

1991 hatte sich die Band nach eigenen Aussagen aufgelöst, trat jedoch noch zweimal beim legendären Lollapalooza-Festival 1996 und 1997 auf. Ebenfalls 1996 brachte sie ein Computerspiel namens Adventures of the Smart Patrol mit eigenem Soundtrack heraus. 2001 hat sich die Band unter dem Namen The Wipeouters neu zusammengefunden und ein Album veröffentlicht. Der 2007 in einer DELL-Werbekampagne verwendete Song Watch Us Work It wurde jedoch wieder unter dem Namen Devo als Single veröffentlicht.

Devo ist seit 1996 fast ununterbrochen auf Tour, zumeist in den USA, wo die Gruppe eine große Anhängerschaft hat. Nur selten hat Devo (oder The Wipeouters) Konzerte in Europa oder Asien (Tokio) gespielt; in Deutschland ist die Band seit 1991 nicht mehr aufgetreten.[1] 2007 wurde nach langer Abstinenz auf europäischen Bühnen wieder eine Tour durchgeführt, mit Auftritten in Spanien, Großbritannien und Italien. 2008 gab es wiederum Tourneen mit Konzerten in Spanien, Frankreich, USA und Japan.

Im Juli 2010 wurde in Deutschland die CD Something For Everybody ausgeliefert.

Am 24. Juni 2013 starb der Ex-Schlagzeuger Alan Myers 58-jährig an Magenkrebs.[2] Gitarrist Bob Casale erlag am 17. Februar 2014 einem Herzversagen.[3]



JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[4][5]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1978Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!UK12

(17 Wo.)UK

(18 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 28. August 1978
1979Duty Now for the FutureUK49
(6 Wo.)UK
(10 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: Juli 1979
1980Freedom of ChoiceUK47
(5 Wo.)UK

(51 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 16. Mai 1980
1981New TraditionalistsUK50
(4 Wo.)UK
(25 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 26. August 1981
1982Oh, No! It’s DevoUS47
(20 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 21. Oktober 1982
(6 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 8. Oktober 1984
1988Total DevoUS189
(3 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 24. Mai 1988
2010Something for EverybodyUS30
(3 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 15. Juni 2010

Weitere Studioalben

  • 1990: Smooth Noodle Maps


  • 1980: DEV-O Live
  • 1989: Now It Can Be Told (Devo At The Palace 12/9/88)
  • 1992: Devo Live: The Mongoloid Years
  • 1993: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo / Devo Live
  • 1999: Devo – Live (Bonustracks)
  • 2004: Live in Central Park
  • 2005: Devo Live 1980
  • 2012: New Traditionalists – Live in Seattle 1981
  • 2014: Miracle Witness Hour
  • 2015: Hardcore Devo Live!

Kompilationen, Remixalben und Wiederveröffentlichungen

  • 1978: 5 De-Evolutionary Songs – plus Satisfaction on 45 R.P.M.
  • 1981: E-Z Listening Cassette
  • 1984: E-Z Listening Cassette Volume 2
  • 1986: Best Of Devo Vol. 1
  • 1987: E-Z Listening Disc
  • 1990: Greatest Hits
  • 1990: Greatest Misses
  • 1990: Hardcore Vol.1
  • 1991: Hardcore Vol.2
  • 1993: Oh No It’s Devo / Freedom Of Choice
  • 1993: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo / Devo Live (Bonustracks)
  • 1993: Hot Potatoes: The Best of Devo
  • 1993: Duty Now For The Future /New Traditionalists
  • 1994: Smooth Noodle Maps [Bonustracks]
  • 1994: Duty Now for the Future (Bonustracks)
  • 1997: New Traditionalists (Bonustracks)
  • 1998: Greatest Hits
  • 2000: Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology
  • 2000: Recombo DNA (Demos und alternative Versionen)
  • 2002: The Essentials
  • 2009: The Ultra Devo-lux Ltd. Edition (2×CD + 2×DVD-V + Single Collection)
  • 2013: Something Else for Everybody
  • 2013: Hardcore (2xCD Compilation, Re-Edition of Hardcore Vol.1+Vol.2 with 4 Bonustracks)
  • 2015: Social Fools: The Virgin Singles 1978-1982


JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[4]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1981DEV-O LiveUS50
(12 Wo.)US

Weitere EPs

  • 1977: Be Stiff
  • 1978: Mechanical Man
  • 1988: Baby Doll
  • 1988: Disco Dancer
  • 1990: Post Post-Modern Man
  • 2008: Watch Us Work It
  • 2010: Song Study
  • 2011: What We Do: Electro-Devo Remix Cornucopia

Weitere Veröffentlichungen

  • 1996: Adventures of the Smart Patrol (PC CD-ROM)
  • 2001: P’Twaaang!!! (Surf Rock-Album als The Wipeouters)
  • 2007: Watch Us Work It (Werbesong für Dell)


JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[4][5]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1977(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Be Stiff
(8 Wo.)UK
1978Be Stiff
Be Stiff
(1 Wo.)UK
Jocko Homo
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
(3 Wo.)UK
Come Back Jonee
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
(4 Wo.)UK
1980Whip It
Freedom of Choice
(7 Wo.)UK

(25 Wo.)US
1981Working in the Coal Mine
Heavy Metal O.S.T.
(12 Wo.)US
1983Theme from Doctor Detroit
Doctor Detroit O.S.T.
(3 Wo.)UK
(6 Wo.)US

Weitere Singles

  • 1977: Mongoloid
  • 1979: The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize
  • 1979: Secret Agent Man
  • 1980: Girl U Want
  • 1980: Freedom of Choice
  • 1981: Beautiful World
  • 1981: Through Being Cool
  • 1982: Jerkin’ Back ’n’ Forth
  • 1982: Peek-a-Boo!
  • 1983: That’s Good
  • 1984: Here to Go
  • 1984: Are U Experienced?
  • 1988: Baby Doll
  • 1988: Disco Dancer
  • 1990: Post Post-Modern Man
  • 2007: Watch Us Work It
  • 2009: Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man)
  • 2010: Fresh
  • 2010: Greetings from Akron, Ohio


  • 2008: This is the Devo Box
  • 2009: The Ultra DEVO-lux Ltd. Edition


  • 1985: We’re All… Devo
  • 1989: The Men Who Make The Music [VHS]
  • 1993: The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
  • 2003: The Complete Truth About De-Evolution & Devo Live [2×DVD]
  • 2007: Devo – Live in the Land of the Rising Sun [DVD]
  • 2015: Hardcore Devo Live! [DVD]



Im Film Zurück in die Zukunft – nur im englischen Original von 1985 Back to the Future – fragt Schüler Marty den Wissenschaftler Dr. Brown, den Entwickler der Zeitmaschine, ob sein Strahlenschutzanzug von Devo sei („Is that a Devo suit?“). Dies ist eine Anspielung auf die Band Devo, die in den 1980er Jahren für ihre ungewöhnlichen Kunststoffanzüge bekannt war.


  • Oscar Kiss Maerth: Der Anfang war das Ende – Der Mensch entstand durch Kannibalismus. ECON Düsseldorf, 1971, ISBN 3-430-15460-X.
  • Jade Dellinger, David Giffels: Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! SAF Publishing, London 2003, ISBN 0-946719-49-7.



  1. Marcel Anders: Zeitreise under cover auf, 30. September 2018, abgerufen am 4. Oktober 2018
  2. Eric R. Danton: Alan Myers, Devo Drummer on ‘Whip It,’ Dead at 58, auf, 26. Juni 2013, abgerufen am 27. Juni 2013
  3. Andy Greene: Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dead At 61 (Memento vom 21. Februar 2014 im Internet Archive), auf, 18. Februar 2014, abgerufen am 4. Oktober 2018
    Auf, 18. Februar 2014.
  4. a b c Chartquellen: UK US
  5. a b Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe: US UK

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