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E-Z Listening Disc:DEVO

Artist: DEVO

Date Released: 1987

Label: Rykodisc

Produced By: DEVO


  1. Gates of Steel
  2. Girl U Want
  3. Come Back Jonee
  4. Whip It
  5. That's Good
  6. Jerkin' Back and Forth
  7. 4th Dimension
  8. Shout (Hello Kitty)
  9. Mongoloid
  10. Pity You
  11. Goin' Under
  12. Swelling, Itching Brain
  13. Jurisdiction of Luv
  14. Peek 'a' Boo
  15. Satisfaction
  16. Space Junk
  17. Time Out For Fun
  18. It's a Beautiful World
  19. Jocko Homo


I have a real soft spot for this album. I first got this one in high school when I was in a horrible migraine cycle and was going mad because I couldn't listen to music, because the percussion typically would hurt my head. So, my mom took me to Tower, and I got some stuff that I could listen to without going mad with pain -- American Pie by Don McLean, The Complete Works by Simon & Garfunkel and this. Granted, not all of it was ideal for my situation (Girl U Want,though awesome, has some really loud pounding drums that tend to aggrivate migraines), but a lot of it was, and, hey, I was listening to one of my all-time favorite bands. Anyway, the arrangements are parodies of Muzak or New Age type music as applied to DEVO songs, and for the most part, they work really well. Subtle title changes have effected some of the tracks, I think as a joke at the expense of the Muzak type folks making soulless renditions of songs that might otherwise not be suited to Muzak—I think we've all had a "Waaaait, is that ???" moment in an office building, store or elevator. Anyway, though, this one's a little hard to find, and probably not necessary for anyone but a hardcore DEVO fan, but hey, I like it a lot. And, how apt is it that it's got a version of "SIB" on, huh? - Rev. Syung Myung Me

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