Saturday, November 7, 2009

spilt milk in rubber city

A mere two years after Booji Boy stiffed in their native US, and an overseas deal with Stiff Records soured in the UK, Ohioans Devo signed on the line with major league hitters, Warner Bros. The rest - as some say - was almost history.

Produced in Cologne, Germany, by Brian Eno on the recommendation - in part - of chums Bowie and Pop, "Q: Are We Not Men ? A: We Are Devo", the resulting album, eschewed the pummeling Geiger guitar mystery of Clevelanders, Pere Ubu in favor of instant self-gratification.
Fiscally motivated, or just commercially astute, "Come Back Jonee" more than amply demonstrated that Devo shared no midwestern manifesto with those neighboring pioneers of "The Modern Dance " and "Dub Housing". Slick, disposable. As kitschy as David Lynch on the Autobahn.

Bob Casale: rhythm guitar, additional keyboards, backing vocals;
Gerald V. Casale: bass guitar, additional keyboards, lead vocals;
Bob Mothersbaugh: lead guitar, backing vocals;
Mark Mothersbaugh: keyboards, occasional guitar, lead vocals;
Alan Myers: drums.

Produced by Brian Eno and Chuck Statler.
Engineed by Patrick Gleeson and Conrad (Connie) Plank.

from "Come Back Jonee b/w Social Fools" 45 (Warner Bros. / Virgin) 1978 (US)


Anonymous said...

Aren't we waxing poetic these days? ;-) Nice post.

ib said...

Hey, Dean! Maybe i've been overdoing it, now you mention it.

Much as I enjoyed the early stuff, this is one Devo 45 which kicked me in the ass and got me motoring.

Despite Eno's polish, it's amazing how little the Devo sound deviated in its delivery from the '74 demos on...

Anonymous said...

No, I liked it just fine! I truly felt it was poetic.

Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Cleveland rocks!

Brushback said...

As far as the effect on my own personal record collection, Cleveland is practically untouchable.

ib said...

What is it about Cleveland ? Some hard acts to follow. Especially when they don't get the distribution.