Progrography

Devo
Though regression was their message, the music of Devo was progressive in spirit. Of course, it aligned better with the punk music of the '70s than progressive rock, but the participation of Brian Eno underscores the blurred line that existed between the art rock of the mid '70s and the art punk of the late '70s. That's a lot of labels to throw around, so better just to listen to the music. The band's first four albums are unfailingly excellent in spots, with their debut and New Traditionalists being my personal favorites. They misplaced their teeth with Oh, No! It's Devo and never had the same bite again, succumbing to the lamb-like label of new wave/synth act, yet their video work remained confrontational. Smooth Noodle Maps (released in 1990) was the last full studio album, though repackages and multimedia works continued to appear through the '90s.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1976 December Mongoloid
1977 July (I Can't Get Me No) Satisfaction
1978 July Be Stiff
1978 July Q: ARE WE NOT MEN? a: WE ARE DEVO!
1978 August Come Back Jonee
1979 January BE STIFF
1979 June The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize
1979 July DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE
1979 July Secret Agent Man
1980 May Girl U Want
1980 July FREEDOM OF CHOICE
1980 August Whip It
1980 Gates of Steel
1981 February Freedom of Choice
1981 April DEVO LIVE
1981 August Through Being Cool
1981 August NEW TRADITIONALISTS
1981 August Working In The Coalmine
1981 November Beautiful World
1982 Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth
1982 October Peek-A-Boo!
1982 October OH, NO! IT'S DEVO
1983 January That's Good
1983 May Theme From "Doctor Detroit"
1984 October Are You Experienced?
1984 October SHOUT
1985 Here To Go
1985 March Shout
1987 August E-Z LISTENING DISC
1988 June TOTAL DEVO
1988 Disco Dancer
1988 Baby Doll
1988 NOW IT CAN BE TOLD
1990 June SMOOTH NOODLE MAPS
1990 August HARDCORE DEVO VOL. 1 74-77
1990 October Post-Post Modern Man
1990 December 11 GREATEST HITS
1990 December 11 GREATEST MISSES
1991 August HARDCORE DEVO VOL. 2 1974-1977
1992 October DEVO LIVE: THE MONGOLOID YEARS
1993 September 7 HOT POTATOES: THE BEST OF DEVO
1996 August 27 ADVENTURES OF THE SMART PATROL
1998 November GREATEST HITS (BMG)
2000 May 9 PIONEERS WHO GOT SCALPED
2000 RECOMBO DNA
2002 April 2 THE ESSENTIALS
2003 October 10 WHIP IT AND OTHER HITS
2004 LIVE IN N.Y.C.
2008 August 12 THIS IS THE DEVO BOX

SEE ALSO...
MARK MOTHERSBAUGH discography

 

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