W2 26450 Greatest Misses
previously released material
(new material produced by Devo)
Released on December 11, 1990
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W2 26450 cover
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I n case you missed it the first time: some of the most revolutionary music to ever insinuate itself on a piece of grooved plastic. Greatest Misses is the companion compilation to Greatest Hits (yes, that’s right, I wrote hitS), focusing on the groundbreaking, mindbending material that graced their first two elpees. A few tracks appear in cleaned-up Booji Boy Versions, including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and the wonderful “Be Stiff.” Sometimes, I wish they could leave the past well enough alone, but Devo’s past is still our future as these tracks make perfectly plain. Few bands were ever as misunderstood or unappreciated in their own time as Devo. That “Whip It” of all things would define the band remains one of the great cosmic jokes. Anyone who heard their debut album couldn’t mistake the band for anything less than fearless revolutionaries. “Too Much Paranoias,” “Jocko Homo” and “Shrivel-Up” were death-dealing blows to the status quo. How could you give a crap about Hall & Oates after hearing “Clockout” or “Mongoloid?” Of course, the world at large may not want to be reminded that they’re a race of monkey-spanking monkeys by guys wearing flower pots and toilet seats, but I’ve been down with the devolutionary talk from day one. The only knock I have on the Misses is that it’s redundant for anyone who owns the first two albums (and, really, everyone should). I’d pay ten bucks just to hear “Be Stiff,” and the non-album “Penetration in the Centrefold” is a wild departure, but the real story starts at the beginning and doesn’t get around to the Greatest Anything until the end. Even here at the end, however, you still have to admire the view.

W2 26450 booklet gatefold
W2 26450 booklet gatefold


  1. DEVO CORPORATE ANTHEM    (Mark Mothersbaugh)    1:13
  2. CLOCKOUT    (Gerald V. Casale)    2:47
  3. THE DAY MY BABY GAVE ME A SURPRIZE    (Mark Mothersbaugh)    2:40
  4. SHRIVEL-UP    (Gerald V. Casale/Mark Mothersbaugh/Bob Mothersbaugh)    3:03
  5. BLOCKHEAD    (Bob Mothersbaugh/Mark Mothersbaugh)    2:59
  6. PINK PUSSYCAT    (Mark Mothersbaugh/Bob Mothersbaugh)    3:10
  7. MONGOLOID    (Gerald V. Casale)    3:43
  8. BE STIFF (BOOJI BOY VERSION)    (Gerald V. Casale/Bob Lewis)    2:32
  9. (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION (BOOJI BOY VERSION)    (Mick Jagger/Keith Richard)    2:58
  10. PENETRATION IN THE CENTREFOLD    (Gerald V. Casale/Mark Mothersbaugh)    2:27
  11. TOO MUCH PARANOIAS    (Mark Mothersbaugh)    1:56
  12. S.I.B. (SWELLING ITCHING BRAIN)    (Mark Mothersbaugh)    4:28
  13. MECHANICAL MAN (BOOJI BOY VERSION)    (Mark Mothersbaugh)    3:19
  14. SPEED RACER    (Mark Mothersbaugh)    2:38
  15. TIMING X    (Mark Mothersbaugh)    /    SPACE JUNK    (Gerald V. Casale/Bob Mothersbaugh)    3:25
  16. JOCKO HOMO (BOOJI BOY VERSION)    (Mark Mothersbaugh)    2:54


Gerald Casale -- album compilation, art devotion
Mark Mothersbaugh -- album compilation
Kathe Duba-Noland -- album compilation
Alex Remlyn -- devography
Tim Stedman -- art devotion

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US December 11, 1990 Warner Bros. CD 26450 picture booklet


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