Bob Mothersbaugh

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Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Mothersbaugh.jpg
Mothersbaugh in 2011.
Background information
Birth name Robert Leroy Mothersbaugh, Jr.
Also known as Bob 1
Born (1952-08-11) August 11, 1952 (age 63)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Associated acts
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
G&L SC-2
Labaye 2x4
Custom "Spud" Ibanez
Gibson L6-S

Robert Leroy "Bob" Mothersbaugh, Jr., (/ˈmʌðərzbɔː/; born August 11, 1952), or "Bob 1", is the lead guitarist and occasional vocalist for Devo and part of the music production company Mutato Muzika. He is the younger brother of lead vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh.

Early years[edit]

Robert Leroy Mothersbaugh Jr. was born in Akron, Ohio, to parents Mary Margaret ("Mig") and Robert Mothersbaugh, Sr. In high school, he played in the cover band Jitters with his brother Jim Mothersbaugh and Greg Brosch on guitar and Greg Kaiser on bass. He was still in high school when protesters at Kent State University were shot by police.[1] This event had a heavy influence on the band Devo.


In the late 1960s, Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis created a series of satirical art pieces in a devolution vein.[2] They met keyboardist Mark Mothersbaugh around 1970.[3] Their satire about de-evolution became serious after the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970.

The "Sextet Devo" lineup performed at the 1973 Kent State performing arts festival. It included Gerald Casale, Bob Lewis and Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale on guitar, and friends Rod Reisman and Fred Weber on drums and vocals.[4] The band continued to perform, generally as a quartet, but with a fluid lineup including Mark's brothers Bob and Jim Mothersbaugh. The classic line-up included two sets of brothers, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale, along with Alan Myers. The band is best known for their No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It".

Other work[edit]

Following Devo's hiatus in 1991, Mothersbaugh started his own band called The Bob I Band, and recorded an unreleased album with the drummer, David Kendrick. The master tapes were lost, though a bootleg of the band is circulating.

Mothersbaugh produces soundtracks for film and television, such as the animated television series Rugrats as part of the production company Mutato Muzika.

In 2015, Bob performed the theme to Harvey Beaks.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Mothersbaugh has two brothers, Mark and Jim, and two sisters, Amy and Susan.[6][7] His father appeared in early Devo films and at fan events as the character General Boy.

Mothersbaugh is reported to be autistic.[8] The name Bob 1 is meant to differentiate him from Bob Casale. Mothersbaugh is married to Maria Mothersbaugh and has a son and a daughter.[9]



  • Chopper Guitars "Spudocaster"
  • Gibson Mike Bloomfield Les Paul
  • LaBaye 2x4
  • Fractal Audio Axe-FX Ultra
  • Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer


  • G&L SC2 Student Model
  • Ibanez custom blue "Spud" guitar
  • Ibanez Les Paul (modified w/ inverted horn)
  • Line 6 POD XT and X3s


  1. ^ "Bob Mothersbaugh interview by Alex Brunelle & Tom Chiki". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Devo Bio". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  3. ^ "Jocko-Homo Heavenbound". Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Robert (2006). "Some thoughts on Devo: the first Postmodern Band". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2011-01-21. Let me be plain about this: contrary to popular belief DEVO was not and is not a phenomenon of Akron, Ohio. It was rather a logical extension of a series of inexplicable forces that made Kent State University a mass culture nexus for a brief and shining moment. 
  5. ^ "Harvey Beaks Opening Theme Extended". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mary M. "Mig" Mothersbaugh". 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2015-09-08. 
  7. ^ Gruskoff, Jen (2010-03-03). "A Vision of Family". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Bob Mothersbaugh". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bob Mothersbaugh". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 

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