Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Wave Wednesday: Devo

Formed in 1973 in Akron, Ohio by Kent State art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis, more than any other band, Devo (short for devolution) defined the New Wave look and sound in the late 70's and early 80's.

They caught the attention of music legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who championed the band, enabling them to land a sweet deal with Warner Bros. Records. Devo caught national attention with their 1978 appearance on Saturday Night Live. The band's pioneering music videos, heavily influenced by sci-fi B movies, helped launch MTV in the early 80's.

Devo's signature look has been a staple of Halloween parties for over 30 years. Get a neon jumpsuit and put a plastic flower pot on your head, and viola, instant costume. (You have to get three or four of your friends to go along with you in this effort, otherwise you just look like a dork.)

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