Smooth Noodle Maps

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Smooth Noodle Maps
Studio album by Devo
Released June 1990
Recorded October 1989-January 1990
Genre New wave
Length 34:28
Label Enigma
Producer Devo
Devo chronology
Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace
(1989)
Smooth Noodle Maps
(1990)
Devo's Greatest Hits
(1990)
Singles from Smooth Noodle Maps
  1. "Post Post-Modern Man"
    Released: October 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (dud)[1]

Smooth Noodle Maps, released in 1990, is the eighth studio album by American new wave band Devo. It was Devo's last full-length studio album until the release of Something for Everybody in 2010, as well as the last Devo studio album to feature David Kendrick on drums.

The album title refers to a kind of discrete mathematical system—a noodle map—which may exhibit chaotic behavior, similar to the standard map. The adjective smooth refers to the lack of kinks or discontinuities. This is referenced in the lyrics to the song "Devo Has Feelings Too," which include the line "snake through the chaos with a smooth noodle map."

The front cover of the record (and the fold-out of the CD version) featured the members of the band emerging from a strange circle. The liner notes from the "Post Post-Modern Man" single revealed that circle is actually a computer simulation of the planet Jupiter. This image of Jupiter was provided by Philip Marcus and Nicholas Socci.

The album includes a cover of the early 1960s song "(Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew", typically "mutated" into a dance song.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Stuck in a Loop" (3:52)
  2. "Post Post-Modern Man" (2:55)
  3. "When We Do It" (2:57)
  4. "Spin the Wheel" (3:46)
  5. "Morning Dew" (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) (3:01)
  6. "A Change Is Gonna Cum" (3:10)
  7. "The Big Picture" (2:45)
  8. "Pink Jazz Trancers" (3:13)
  9. "Jimmy" (2:51)
  10. "Devo Has Feelings Too" (2:40)
  11. "Dawghaus" (3:23)

Personnel[edit]

Reissues[edit]

  • In 1994, Restless Records reissued the album on CD with the following bonus tracks:
  1. "Post Post-Modern Man (Macro Post Modern Mix)" (3:21)
  2. "Post Post-Modern Man (Neo Post Modern Mix)" (6:43)
  3. "Post Post-Modern Man (Ultra Post Modern Mix)" (6:14)

Note: The Post Post-Modern Man mixes contain samples of "It's More Fun to Compute" by Kraftwerk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Devo". Robert Christgau.