Freedom of Choice (song)

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"Freedom of Choice"
Devo freedom of choice.jpg
Single by Devo
from the album Freedom of Choice
Released 1980
Format 7"
Genre Punk rock, post-punk
Length 3:28
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Robert Margouleff
Devo singles chronology
"Gates of Steel"
(1980)
"Freedom of Choice"
(1980)
"Through Being Cool"
(1981)

"Gates of Steel"
(1980)
"Freedom of Choice"
(1980)
"Through Being Cool"
(1981)
Music video
"Freedom of Choice" on YouTube

"Freedom of Choice" is a song by the American new wave band Devo, written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale. It appears on the album of the same name.

The line "In ancient Rome there was a poem about a dog who had two bones. He picked at one, he licked the other, he went in circles 'till he dropped dead.", resembles the Buridan's ass paradox about the nature of free will, with the donkey changed to a dog who dies when he can't decide which bone to eat.

Promotional music video[edit]

In the music video to "Freedom of Choice," the band appeared as aliens. This video also featured professional skateboarders of the day.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Position
US Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100[1][2] 103
US Hot Dance Club Songs 8
Australia ARIA Top 100[3] 71

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devo Biography by Steve Huey". AllMusic.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Bubbling Under Singles & Albums (1998): 64
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 88. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 

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