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Artist: DEVO

Album: Hardcore DEVO Volume 2

Appears On (Mixes): The Boys And Girls Are Lifting Up Their Plates; Dub Club: Born To Kill - Matt

Song Notes: The Boys And Girls Are Lifting Up Their Plates: This is a bootleg recording, but it's still pretty awesome. Some of the more astute of you might notice "Hey, wait, this is a song that they never actually put on an album until Hardcore Volume 2, and it's a really long agit-pop song like they used to do! And it's taken from the Now It Can Be Told tour! Which basically sucked! Because it was from Total DEVO! Which really sucked!" And all that is true. It is also true that "Bamboo Bimbo" is sort of the antithesis of why Total sucked so hard (not least of which is that "Bamboo Bimbo" doesn't, y'know, suck). But they did do it on this tour—and there are reports that they were thinking quite a lot about their real early stuff at this time too (someone reported talking to them after a show and they mentioned that he really needed to hear "I Need A Chick", and promised to send it to him, but they must have lost his address or something), so perhaps they were realizing that Total blew? Either way, though, it's still pretty cool. Maybe that was the impetus to put out the Hardcore discs? If that's the case, then chalk one up for Total.... -Rev. Syung Myung Me

Dub Club: Born To Kill - Matt: This version is the actual Hardcore version. It's a pretty unsettling song with a uncomfortable racist element, although, unlike in "My Weapon", it's clear that the unsavoury elements of the song are intended ironically/to push buttons/etc. - Rev. Syung Myung Me


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