Devo discography

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Devo discography

Mark Mothersbaugh performing as part of Devo at the "Festival Internacional de Benicàssim", on 20 July 2007.
Releases
Studio albums 9
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 12
EPs 10
Singles 25
Video albums 7
Soundtracks 1

The discography of Devo, an American new wave band formed in 1973, consists of 25 singles and 9 studio albums. Devo was founded by Gerald Casale, Bob Lewis and Mark Mothersbaugh. Devo currently consists of brothers Mark Mothersbaugh (synthesizers, lead vocals) and Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar and vocals), Gerald Casale (bass guitar, keyboards, Vocals) and Josh Freese (drums). The band rose to prominence in the US during the new wave era with their single "Whip It". The band have released nine studio albums, ten extended plays, twelve compilation albums, six live albums, one soundtrack album and twenty five singles.

Before signing a record contract with Warner Bros. in the US, the band released several singles on the Stiff Records label that charted in the UK but which failed to chart in the US. Devo followed up with their debut full-length album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! in July 1978. The album reached #12 in the UK and #78 in the US. In 1980, Devo released Freedom of Choice which went Platinum in the US and Gold in Canada, making it their highest selling album. Their follow-up album, New Traditionalists, peaked at #23 on the American charts and was their final album to chart in the UK. Devo's chart success slowly fell throughout the decade until they released their apparently final studio album, Smooth Noodle Maps, in 1990; it failed to chart in either the US or the UK.

In 1996, Devo released a multimedia CD-ROM adventure game, The Adventures of the Smart Patrol, through Inscape. Members of Devo also began recording together under different aliases, including the surf rock-influenced The Wipeouters and Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers. From 1990 through 2009, no new albums under the Devo name were released. However, a new single, "Watch Us Work It," was released as a digital download in 2007 and as part of a 12" EP in 2008. The band announced that they would be releasing a new studio album in the fall of 2009, though this date was pushed back to 2010. Something for Everybody was released on June 15, 2010.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
AUS CA
[2]
NZ
[3]
UK
[4]
1978 Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
  • Released: July 1978
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl, 8-track tape
78 57 7 12
1979 Duty Now for the Future
  • Released: July 1979
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl, 8-track tape
73 51 87 13 49
1980 Freedom of Choice
  • Released: May 1980
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl, 8-track tape
22 5 75 9 47
1981 New Traditionalists
  • Released: August 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl, 8-track tape
23 3 32 6 50
1982 Oh, No! It's Devo
  • Released: November 1982
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, 8-track tape
47 57 10
1984 Shout
  • Released: October 1984
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl
83 92
1988 Total Devo
  • Released: May 1988
  • Label: Enigma
  • Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl, DAT
189
1990 Smooth Noodle Maps
  • Released: June 1990
  • Label: Enigma
  • Formats: CD, cassette, vinyl, DAT
2010 Something for Everybody
  • Released: June 15, 2010
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital
30 164
[8]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Notes
1981 DEV-O Live
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros.
1989 Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Enigma
1992 DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years
  • Released: October, 1992
  • Label: Rykodisc
2005 Devo Live 1980
  • Released: July 12, 2005
  • Label: Target Video
  • DualDisc containing both audio and video performance.
Live in Central Park
  • Released: July 26, 2005
  • Label: Warner Bros.
2013 New Traditionalists - Live in Seattle 1981
  • Released: May 14, 2013
  • Label: Redeye

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Notes
1996 Adventures of the Smart Patrol
  • Released: August 27, 1996
  • Label: Discover
  • Soundtrack of Devo's PC CD-ROM game of the same name. Includes a few catalog songs, two new songs, a spruced up demo recording and a few tracks by other artists.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Notes
1987 E-Z Listening Disc
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • Compiles all but one of the tracks from Devo's two E-Z Listening Muzak Cassettes, which had been available only through Club Devo in 1981 and 1984, respectively, consisting of instrumental versions of classic Devo songs performed in the style of easy listening Muzak or New Age music.
1990 Hardcore Devo: Volume One
  • Released: August 17, 1990
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • Basement demo recordings from 1974-1977.
Devo's Greatest Hits
  • Released: December 1990
  • Label: Warner Bros.
Devo's Greatest Misses
  • Released: December 1990
  • Label: Warner Bros.
1991 Hardcore Devo: Volume Two
  • Released: August 23, 1991
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • More basement demo recordings from 1974-1977.
1993 Hot Potatoes: The Best of Devo
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Virgin
1998 Greatest Hits
  • Released: November 3, 1998
  • Label: Discover
  • Budget compilation.
2000 Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology
  • Released: May 9, 2000
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros. Archives
  • Two-disc set spanning Devo's entire career. Contains 17 previously unreleased tracks.
Recombo DNA
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • Limited edition two-disc set of previously unreleased material including demos, alternate mixes, live tracks and outtakes.
2002 The Essentials
  • Released: April 2, 2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • Budget compilation.
2003 Whip It & Other Hits
  • Released: October 10, 2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • Budget compilation.
2013 Something Else for Everybody
  • Released: July 23, 2013
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • A digital collection of 11 tracks from the Something for Everybody sessions that didn't make the album.

Box-sets[edit]

Year Title Notes
2008 This is the Devo Box
  • Released: July 23, 2008
  • Label: Warner Music Life
  • Fully remastered box set of Devo's Warner Brothers releases (including Dev-o Live) in miniature LP sleeve replicas. Available only in Japan.
2009 The DEVO-LUX Edition
  • Released: December 23, 2009
  • Label: Warner Brothers Records

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Notes
US
[1]
AUS NZ
[3]
UK
[4]
1977 Be Stiff EP
  • Label: Stiff
  • Formats: Vinyl
  • Compiles the first three Devo singles released on Stiff Records.
1978 Mechanical Man EP
  • Label: Elevator
  • Formats: Vinyl
1981 DEV-O Live
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, vinyl
50 1 14
  • Live EP from the Freedom of Choice tour
1983 Theme from Doctor Detroit
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Formats: Vinyl
59 88 42 98
1988 Baby Doll EP
  • Label: Enigma
  • Formats: 12" vinyl, CD
Disco Dancer EP
  • Label: Enigma
  • Formats: 12" vinyl, CD, Mini CD
1990 Post Post-Modern Man EP
  • Label: Enigma
  • Formats: CD Maxi-Single
2008 Watch Us Work It
  • Label: MVD
  • Formats: 12" vinyl
  • Vinyl release of the downloadable single.
2010 Song Study EP
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
2011 What We Do: Electro-Devo Remix Cornucopia – EP
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album/EP
US
[10][11]
US D-P
[10]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[2]
NZ
[3]
UK
[4]
1976 "Mongoloid" Be Stiff EP
1977 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" 98 41
1978 "Be Stiff" 71
"Jocko Homo" 62 Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
"Come Back Jonee" 60
1979 "The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize" Duty Now for the Future
"Secret Agent Man"
1980 "Girl U Want" Freedom of Choice
"Whip It" 14 8[A] 77 11 11 51
"Freedom of Choice" 103 71
1981 "Working in the Coal Mine" 43[B] 30 20 17 8 Heavy Metal (soundtrack)
"Beautiful World" 102 14 15 New Traditionalists
"Through Being Cool" 107 32[C]
1982 "Peek-a-Boo!" 106 13 45 Oh, No! It's Devo
1983 "That's Good" 104 6[D]
"Theme from Doctor Detroit" 59 50 88 42 98 Doctor Detroit (soundtrack)
1984 "Here to Go" [E] 40 Shout
"Are U Experienced?"
1988 "Baby Doll" Total Devo
"Disco Dancer" [E] 45
1990 "Post Post-Modern Man" [F] 26 Smooth Noodle Maps
2007 "Watch Us Work It" Something for Everybody
2009 "Don't Shoot (I'm a Man)"
2010 "Fresh"
"Greetings from Akron, Ohio" (Split 7" with The Black Keys) non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other releases[edit]

This section is intended to be a compendium of the many properly released tracks that Devo has recorded for TV and film soundtracks, video games and various artists compilation albums, as well as rare remixes and other oddities. It does not list any of the tracks that appeared on proper studio albums and singles, nor any tracks from collections of previously unreleased songs (such as the Hardcore Devo compilations) or illicit bootleg releases.

Year Title Source Notes
1979 "Flimsy Wrap" 7" flexi-disc included with UK picture disc copies of Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! A spoken-word track by a radio DJ
"It Takes a Worried Man" (AKA: "Worried Man Blues") Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology A cover of the folk song by The Carter Family, from the film Human Highway
1981 "Uncontrollable Urge" (Live) Urgh! A Music War: The Album Recorded live at the California Theater, San Diego, CA, August 20, 1980
1982 "That's Good" (Extended Version) "That's Good" promotional 12" single Artificially extended mix using "cut and paste" techniques
"Speed Racer" (Extended Version) "That's Good" promotional 12" single Artificially extended mix using "cut and paste" techniques
1983 "Luv-Luv" Songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Doctor Detroit
1985 "Let's Talk" Fright Night: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Reissued on Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology.
1986 "Bread and Butter" 9½ Weeks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Reissued on Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology.
A cover of the song by The Newbeats
1987 "I Wouldn't Do That to You" Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology From the film Happy Hour
"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology A cover of the song by Brian Hyland, from the film Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
1988 "Bush Whacked" Recombo DNA 1979 session outtake jam. 7" flexi-disc included with Volume 1, Issue 6 of Reflex Magazine in August 1988. An extended version (labeled "Prosthetic Version") was issued on Recombo DNA.
1993 "Whip It" (HMS & M Mix) Hot Potatoes: The Best of Devo Remixed by Psychoslaphead
1995 "Are You Ready?!" Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie: Original Soundtrack Album
"Girl U Want" (Remake) Tank Girl: Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack Based on the cover by Soundgarden
"Part of You" Infinite Zero CD reissue of Oh, No! It's Devo Previously unreleased 1982 session outtake from Oh, No! It's Devo
1996 "Supercop" Supercop: Music From and Inspired by the Dimension Motion Picture
"Head Like a Hole" Supercop: Music From and Inspired by the Dimension Motion Picture.

Reissued on Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology.
A cover of the song by Nine Inch Nails
"Theme From Adventures of the Smart Patrol" Music From Adventures of the Smart Patrol A studio version of an instrumental track played by Devo at the beginning of concerts on their New Traditionalists tour. Recorded for the Inscape PC CD-ROM game Adventures of the Smart Patrol under the name "The Smart Patrol."
"That's What He Said" Music From Adventures of the Smart Patrol Recorded for the Inscape PC CD-ROM game Adventures of the Smart Patrol under the name "The Smart Patrol."
"U Got Me Bugged" (Alternate Vocal Mix) Music From Adventures of the Smart Patrol Demo recorded in 1975 and released in 1991 on Hardcore Devo: Vol. 2. Overdubbed for the Inscape PC CD-ROM game Adventures of the Smart Patrol.
1997 "Thanks to You" Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology From the film Meet Wally Sparks
"Communication Break-up" Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology From the film Meet Wally Sparks
1998 "Huboon Stomp" Chef Aid: The South Park Album A studio version of a very early Devo song that had only been performed live
"Witch Doctor" (featuring Ross Bagdasarian Sr.) The Rugrats Movie: Music From the Motion Picture A cover of the song by David Seville
1999 "One Dumb Thing" Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology 1982 session outtake from Oh, No! It's Devo. Restored, remixed and completed for the PC CD-ROM game Interstate '82.
"Faster and Faster" Recombo DNA 1982 session outtake from Oh, No! It's Devo. Restored, remixed and completed for the PC CD-ROM game Interstate '82.
"Modern Life" Recombo DNA 1982 session outtake from Oh, No! It's Devo. Restored, remixed and completed for the PC CD-ROM game Interstate '82.
2000 "The Words Get Stuck in My Throat" Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology Studio version of a song sung by Booji Boy and often played live on the early tours. The song originates from the 1966 Japanese sci-fi film War of the Gargantuas.
2001 "It's All Good" Digital download Originally released as a flash animation on shockwave.com, credited to "Big Dirty Farmers". No longer available, but audio circulates as bootleg.
2002 "Ohio" When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You'd Hear A cover of the song by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, chronicling the events of the Kent State massacre of 1970. (Devo members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale have often cited this event as the catalyst for the creation of Devo.)
2003 "Go Monkey Go" Heroes & Villains: Music Inspired by the Powerpuff Girls A song written for the character Mojo Jojo and appearing in bumpers for the Cartoon Network
2004 "Whip It" (Philip Steir & Ramin Sakurai Remix) The Cornerstone Player 061 2 CD/1 DVD promotional set for the film Hustle & Flow.
2006 "Girl U Want" (Black Light Odyssey Mix) Future Retro
2009 "Red Shark" Digital-only "Devo Demo Bundle" for fans who purchased concert tickets C. 1979-1980 demo version of "It's Not Right"
"Merry Something to You" YouTube video Released December, 2009. Video set to stills of Mark Mothersbaugh artwork. Later released on 2010 compilation Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In.
2012 "Monsterman" Monster Man TV Series.

Reissued on Something Else for Everybody.

Theme Song for the SyFy series Monster Man.
"Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Seamus Unleashed)" Digital Download Song poking fun at the scandal involving Mitt Romney's former dog, Seamus, being strapped to the roof of the family's car in a dog carrier.
"Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Seamus Unleashed) [Remix] Digital Download

Video releases and appearances[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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