DEV-O Live

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DEV-O LIVE
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Live album by Devo
Released 1981 (EP)
1999 (CD)
Recorded 1980
Genre New wave, post-punk
Length 17:41 (EP version)
73:52 (album version)
Label Warner Brothers/Rhino Handmade
Producer Devo
Devo chronology
Freedom of Choice
(1980)
DEV-O LIVE
(1981)
New Traditionalists
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

DEV-O LIVE is a live EP (and later live album) by the new wave band Devo. It was recorded during the Freedom of Choice tour of 1980, at The Fox Warfield Theatre. Initially only six songs from the show were released on an EP in 1981, intended for airplay use (largely for the King Biscuit Flower Hour). It featured the otherwise-unreleased "Freedom of Choice Theme Song" and a reworked version of "Be Stiff".

Devo were given consistent radio support by Sydney-based noncommercial rock station 2JJ, one of the first rock stations outside America to play their recordings. This paid off, as in August 1981, they found commercial success in Australia when the EP spent 3 weeks at the top of the Australian charts. Later in the year, they travelled to Australia and appeared on TV show Countdown.

In 1999, Rhino Handmade re-released DEV-O LIVE on a full album including the entire Warfield show, with the exception of "Pink Pussycat" (played after "Secret Agent Man"), "Satisfaction" (played after "Blockhead"), "Freedom of Choice" and "Jocko Homo" (both played after "Gates of Steel"), all of them appearing on audience recordings of the show. The Rhino edition was released in a plastic sleeve with a cover insert. It has subsequently also become available on the iTunes Store and Amazon.com, and in the Japanese box set This is the Devo Box.

Track listing[edit]

EP[edit]

  1. "Freedom of Choice Theme Song" (Gerald V. Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh) – 2:46
  2. "Whip It" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:41
  3. "Girl U Want" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:56
  4. "Gates of Steel" (Casale, Mothersbaugh, Sue Schmidt, Debbie Smith) – 3:17
  5. "Be Stiff" (Casale, Robert Lewis) – 2:50
  6. "Planet Earth" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:32

Album version[edit]

  1. "Freedom of Choice Theme Song" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:46
  2. "Whip It" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:41
  3. "Girl U Want" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:56
  4. "Gates of Steel" (Casale, Mothersbaugh, Schmidt, Smith) – 3:17
  5. "Be Stiff" (Casale, Lewis) – 2:50
  6. "Planet Earth" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:32
  7. "Freedom of Choice Theme Song" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:46
  8. "Whip It" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:41
  9. "Snowball" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:42
  10. "It's Not Right" (Mothersbaugh) – 2:20
  11. "Girl U Want" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:56
  12. "Planet Earth" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 2:32
  13. "S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)" (Devo, Mothersbaugh) – 4:06
  14. "Secret Agent Man" (Steve Barri, Sloan) – 3:17
  15. "Blockhead" (Mothersbaugh, Bob Mothersbaugh) – 3:25
  16. "Uncontrollable Urge" (Mothersbaugh) – 3:08
  17. "Mongoloid" (Casale) – 2:50
  18. "Be Stiff" (Casale, Lewis) – 2:50
  19. "Gates of Steel" (Casale, Mothersbaugh, Schmidt, Smith) – 3:17
  20. "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 4:08
  21. "Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)" (Casale, Mothersbaugh, Mothersbaugh) – 4:12
  22. "Come Back Jonee" (Casale, Mothersbaugh) – 3:19
  • Note: The first six tracks of the CD are simply the contents of the original EP. These tracks are repeated later in the disc.

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Preceded by
"Stars on 45 Medley" by Stars on 45
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single (first run)
August 17, 1981 – August 24, 1981
Succeeded by
"Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield
Preceded by
"Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single (second run)
September 7, 1981
Succeeded by
"You Drive Me Crazy" by Shakin' Stevens