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Devo's Bob Casale Dies At 61
Billboard ^ | 2/18/14 | Jason Lipshutz

Posted on 02/18/2014 2:34:38 PM PST by sushiman

Bob Casale, a founding member of New Wave pioneers Devo, died at the age of 61 on Monday (Feb. 17). A statement from Casale's brother Gerald, also a member of the group, confirms that the cause of death was heart failure.

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1 posted on 02/18/2014 2:34:38 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

Saw Devo once - Freedom Of Choice tour - man were they LOUD ...but great . R.I.P. , Bob .


2 posted on 02/18/2014 2:35:26 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

“cause of death was heart failure.”

I guess in the end they were just men.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 2:36:37 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: sushiman

I’m glad I talked the wife into seeing them at St. Augustine last year.

Thanks for all the music Bob.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 2:39:52 PM PST by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: I cannot think of a name

Another report said “ Bob Casale, one of the original members of Devo, passed away Monday from “conditions that lead to heart failure” . Drug rumors floating around already .


5 posted on 02/18/2014 2:42:19 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

They brightened up my high school years.


6 posted on 02/18/2014 2:43:01 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Original drummer Alan Myers died 8 months ago .


7 posted on 02/18/2014 2:43:50 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

Whip it..!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIEVqFB4WUo


8 posted on 02/18/2014 2:45:31 PM PST by gaijin
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To: sushiman

Glad the new drummer is from Tucson and talked the band into coming to town last year. Great show. And their most recent album is probably their best all around work. Something to be said for going out on a high note.


9 posted on 02/18/2014 2:46:57 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: I cannot think of a name

Yea ...BTW - I’m 61 .


10 posted on 02/18/2014 2:49:20 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

something you wouldn’t expect... RIP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BJKXd7E-38


11 posted on 02/18/2014 2:49:36 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: gaijin

Ahhhhh.....


12 posted on 02/18/2014 2:50:32 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: sushiman
Drug rumors floating around already.

Hard to believe. OK, well, maybe not. I will point out, though, that I'm 61 and just had a pacemaker put in my chest due to a condition that had nothing to do with the drugs I ingested in the 70's, which have had no affect brain on my that can I all at tell.

13 posted on 02/18/2014 2:52:07 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: I cannot think of a name

I see what you did there.


14 posted on 02/18/2014 2:52:56 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Chode

Wow - thanks for that . Never saw before .


15 posted on 02/18/2014 2:55:08 PM PST by sushiman
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To: Billthedrill

I’m 61 , too .


16 posted on 02/18/2014 2:56:00 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

RIP.


17 posted on 02/18/2014 2:56:33 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: sushiman

Leave it up to “Weird Al” Yankovic to out-Devo Devo, with a musical pastiche with so many elements of Devo that a lot of people thought it was done by Devo.

“Dare to be Stupid.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMhwddNQSWQ

In an interview, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh stated in reaction to the song that: “I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and, umm ... I hate him for it, basically.”


18 posted on 02/18/2014 3:01:10 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: sushiman

It is officially too late to whip it... whip it good.


19 posted on 02/18/2014 3:02:22 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: sushiman

RIP, Devo was wonderfully weird.


20 posted on 02/18/2014 3:03:55 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Billthedrill
the drugs I ingested in the 70's, which have had no affect brain on my that can I all at tell.


21 posted on 02/18/2014 3:03:56 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

LOL !


22 posted on 02/18/2014 3:04:52 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

Ye”a ...BTW - I’m 61”

So is hubby, which I mention because he mentioned it to me.

Did we ever think we’d get this old, back in the not really so long ago days?


23 posted on 02/18/2014 3:05:23 PM PST by jocon307
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To: sushiman

True story: I was in Dodge City, Kansas, about 35 years ago for a friend’s wedding. At the time, they had no bars in the city (or maybe even in the state), but they had “clubs”, where you paid $1.00 for a lifetime membership (to drink). So, while we were in there, cowboys - not city-slickers in $500 outfits, but real, honest-to-god cowboys who had been bringing in some cattle - stopped into the bar after, no doubt, they got paid. There was a dearth of women in the bar, so they danced with each other - to “Whip It”. It was an absolutely surreal scene.


24 posted on 02/18/2014 3:06:19 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: gaijin
I think they jumped the shark with "Whip It." I know it was their big hit but never liked that song or anything by them afterwards.

Before that, they were quirky and different. My personal favorite was "Jerking Back And Forth" from a 1981 album.

I was a huge New Wave fan back in the day. In addition to Devo, you had The Cars, Blondie, B-52s, Missing Persons, Joe Jackson, Echo & The Bunnymen and scores of other bands I could name.

Makes me feel old that they are starting to die off.

25 posted on 02/18/2014 3:06:29 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: sushiman
welcome... and i NEVER thought i'd see that
26 posted on 02/18/2014 3:07:14 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: sushiman

And every single night

before I go to bed

I get down on my knees and thank God

I’m a Secret Agent Man

/RIP


27 posted on 02/18/2014 3:08:41 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: sushiman

When I think DEVO, I think of the movie Heavy Metal. Through Being Cool and Working in a Coal mine were the 2 songs I recall from the movie. Odd band but I liked them.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 3:08:45 PM PST by kb2614 (Cheer up, for the worst is yet to come!)
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To: sushiman

Say Hello to Mr. Kamikaze and Mr. DNA, Bob.


29 posted on 02/18/2014 3:09:19 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: sushiman

The only band that could get away with covering “Satisfaction.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jadvt7CbH1o


30 posted on 02/18/2014 3:12:04 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SamAdams76
I think they jumped the shark with "Whip It." I know it was their big hit but never liked that song or anything by them afterwards.

Part of the point of Devo is that they were always TRYING to "Jump the Shark". Accusing Devo of "Jumping the Shark" is like accusing Adam West's Batman of "Jumping the Shark". (Since "Jumping the Shark" was not yet invented, Batman had to depend on Bat-Shark Repellant Spray.

I think Devo's closest thing to a contribution was the self-mocking of the whole Punk/New Wave thing. Making the point that everyone's taking himself way too seriously. Unfortunately, it leads straight to nihilism or at least hedonism.

As far as I can tell, they were only modestly talented on their instruments, but covered well by strategic use of feedback as an instrument.


31 posted on 02/18/2014 3:19:10 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: The Antiyuppie

Hehe...I can imagine ...Reminds me of the time my ( rock ) band was hired by an ad agency in Tokyo to dress up like cowboys and play C&W music in front of one of the most popular dept. stores in one of the busiest areas ( Shibuya ) of Tokyo ( and in other cities across Japan - good buckeroos ) \. Surreal - esp. in the early evening with all the neon glowing .


32 posted on 02/18/2014 3:24:12 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

Hehe, how long ago was that? I’m sure we have some music acquaintances here. Music is my main thing living in Tokyo.


33 posted on 02/18/2014 3:31:37 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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early 90’s . It was for a Marlboro cig national campaign / promo . We did it 3 springs/summers in a row from May to August on weekends , traveling all over Japan . Got paid $ 1200 a day EACH ! So $ 2400 for the weekend + hotel , meals , transporation , etc...Name of my band was Hotel No-Tell . The band was formed in the early 80’s and I joined in early 1986 . Played with them until 1995 when I moved down to Kyushu .


34 posted on 02/18/2014 3:35:54 PM PST by sushiman
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To: RikaStrom

ping for home


35 posted on 02/18/2014 3:39:40 PM PST by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: Chode

Go figure.........


36 posted on 02/18/2014 3:46:24 PM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: sushiman

Devo came out while I was in freshman year at college.
Went to a party one night, smoked pot for the first time.
Saw Devo on Saturday Night Live, performing Jocko Homo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JdS-sSKsBc

Thought I’d lost my mind, but loved it.
Great band.


37 posted on 02/18/2014 3:46:52 PM PST by mkleesma (`Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.')
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To: Psalm 73
right?
38 posted on 02/18/2014 3:49:07 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Live in Japan ...1979 ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78jC975pqf4


39 posted on 02/18/2014 4:34:58 PM PST by sushiman
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To: Chode; Salamander
Whippet Good!

And then let it
Rest In Peace


40 posted on 02/18/2014 4:35:15 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi
LOLOL!!! good dog...
41 posted on 02/18/2014 4:41:07 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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Very cool. I suppose you know some of the folks from the old rockabilly and punk scene? Maybe even a block named Jack Waldron who worked the avante garde, pop and punk music scene out here for years. You probably know Rockin’ Jelly Bean’s art work and his band called Jackie and The Cedrics too.


42 posted on 02/18/2014 4:46:27 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: sushiman
never saw them live, but that's pretty much what i expected... good clip
43 posted on 02/18/2014 4:52:49 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: lefty-lie-spy
Don't know any of those folks . We played clubs in Tokyo such as the Crocodile , Jirokichi , Los Angeles , etc...as well as embassy parties ( US , Canada , Switzerland , etc...) . Even put out a 3 song CD in 1989 entitled 俺は外人.
44 posted on 02/18/2014 4:54:15 PM PST by sushiman
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Interestingly, Mark Mothersbaugh had a post-Devo career in Children's TV, writing music for shows such as "RugRats" and "Yo Gabba Gabba". He also made regular appearances on the latter show...

Then:

Now (on "Yo Gabba Gabba"):


45 posted on 02/18/2014 5:00:19 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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Aware of Rugrats as my daughter ( now 26 ) loved the show when we lived in Keene , NH and Long Island for 6 months in 1995 . Unaware of Yo Gabba Gabba . Sounds like the title of a Ramones tune . ;-)


46 posted on 02/18/2014 5:16:22 PM PST by sushiman
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To: shibumi

A goodie that made it to the “Heavy Metal” soundtrack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms79633njIg


47 posted on 02/18/2014 5:30:45 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: sushiman
Its A Beautiful World

It's a beautiful world we live in,
A sweet romantic place,
Beautiful people everywhere,
The way they show they care
Makes me want to say,

48 posted on 02/18/2014 5:47:14 PM PST by BraveMan
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To: BraveMan

In my opinion, one of the best and meaningful of Devo’s lyrics...

A victim of collision on the open sea
Nobody ever said that life was free
Sink, swim, go down with the ship
But use your freedom of choice

I’ll say it again in the land of the free
Use your freedom of choice
Your freedom of choice

In ancient rome there was a poem
About a dog who found two bones
He picked at one
He licked the other
He went in circles
He dropped dead

Freedom of choice
Is what you got
Freedom of choice!

Then if you got it you don’t want it
Seems to be the rule of thumb
Don’t be tricked by what you see
You got two ways to go

I’ll say it again in the land of the free
Use your freedom of choice
Freedom of choice

Freedom of choice
Is what you got
Freedom of choice!


49 posted on 02/18/2014 6:00:01 PM PST by XRdsRev (New Jersey - Crossroads of the American Revolution)
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To: sushiman

Cool. I’ll look for that CD next time I’m in Shimokitazawa. The only club you mentioned that I know is Crocodile, but there are dozens of others I hit each year too. Do you happen to remember the band called Bo Gumbos? Very famous in 80s and 90s rock n roll scene.


50 posted on 02/18/2014 6:07:26 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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