Devo: Our 1988 Interview | SPIN

Devo: Our 1988 Interview Devo say they’ve learned from their mistakes. Have they? Written By Joe Velazquez October 27 2019, 10:48 AM ET CREDIT: Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images This article originally appeared in the October 1988 issue of SPIN. “In the first film we ever made, called In the Beginning Was the End,” says Devo’s Jerry Casale, “what we were saying was that built into anybody’s energy, anybody’s organized push to make it, is their own demise. We were laughing at ourselves and saying that about the outside world at the same time. It wasn’t a matter of being cynical—it was a matter of a sense of humor as part of the creativity.”In 1977, into a scene of look-alike, talk-alike, sound-alike musical revolution came D-E-V-O form O-H-I-O, newly-arrived spudboys from the cultural wasteland of Akron. “We sounded different, we looked different, we said different things,” Casale says now, dressed in the band’s latest uniform. “We weren’t coming from the accepted mythology of rock’n’roll where it’s about conspicuous consumption, depraved sexuality and throwing TV sets out of windows.” They arrived in Los Angeles and almost immediately gathered the groundswell of popularity that would culminate in a record deal. Claiming to be ordinary spuds—just like you and me—they brought with them from the Midwest the concept of de-evolution. While attending Kent State UniversityContinue Reading