WBS49550 Whip It
Produced by DEVO in association with Robert Margouleff
Released on August 1980
US CHART POSITION #14 (charted Aug. 30, 1980 for 25 weeks) . . .
GOLD RECORD (12/12/80) . . . UK CHART POSITION #51
Find it at GEMM
WBS49550 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

I wince every time I see VH1 trot out its One-Hit Wonders show, knowing that Devoís name is on the roll call. Or maybe itís because William Shatner is out of uniform. If this is how most people remember Devo, then weíre doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. You canít fault the video or the song, since both are in line with Devoís A/V revolution. However, the two seem to speak to different songs: the audio component conjures positive thinking taken to a primitive conclusion, while the video is a misogynistic nightmare. The single sold over 500,000 copies in the US alone, and I doubt all but a handful of them fell into knowledgeable hands. The B side is ďTurn Around,Ē a nonalbum track that admonishes us to step outside and take a good look at ourselves. Itís no better than the filler on Freedom, so donít get your hopes up. For more on "Whip It," visit Songfacts.

GWB 0400 wo. picture sleeve
GWB 0400 wo. picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

    US 7-inch single
  1. WHIP IT    (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale)    2:37
  2. TURN AROUND    (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale)    2:10

    UK/GER 7-inch single
  3. WHIP IT
  4. SNOWBALL

    UK 12-inch single
  5. WHIP IT
  6. SNOWBALL
  7. GATES OF STEEL

    CAN 7-inch single
  8. WHIP IT
  9. FREEDOM OF CHOICE

    Back To Back Hits reissue
  10. WHIP IT    (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale)    2:37
  11. GIRL U WANT    (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale)    2:56

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US August 1980 Warner Bros. 7" WBS49550  
UK 1980 Virgin 7" VS 383 picture sleeve
UK 1980 Virgin 12 VS 383-12  
CAN 1980 Warner Bros. 7" FWB 0282  
GER 1980 Virgin 7" 102 603 picture sleeve
US   Warner Bros. 7" GWB 0400 Back To Back Hits reissue

 

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