Hardcore Devo: Volume One

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Hardcore Devo: Volume One
Hardcore Devo Volume One.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedAugust 1990
RecordedApril 1974 – December 1977
Devo chronology
Devo's Greatest Misses
Hardcore Devo: Volume One
Hardcore Devo: Volume Two
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(dud)[1]
Pitchfork Media8.6/10[2]

Hardcore Devo: Volume One is the first of two collections of demos by the American new wave band Devo. It was originally released in August 1990, on the label Rykodisc. It was out of print for over twenty years; however, it was re-issued on Superior Viaduct[3] in 2013 both as a vinyl release (May 2013) and a CD containing both volumes and bonus tracks (July 2013).


The Hardcore Devo albums are collections of 4-track basement demos recorded by the band between 1974 and 1977. Some tracks are earlier versions of some of Devo's best known tracks that would later be re-recorded and used on subsequent Devo records (e.g. "Jocko Homo", "Mongoloid"), but a majority of the tracks were never re-used and remained unreleased until the Hardcore Devo compilations.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Mechanical Man"Mark MothersbaughMark Mothersbaugh4:23
2."Auto Modown"Gerald CasaleGerald Casale2:01
3."Space Girl Blues"G. CasaleG. Casale1:52
4."Social Fools"G. CasaleG. Casale3:41
5."Soo Bawlz"M. MothersbaughM. Mothersbaugh2:43
6."(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"M. Mothersbaugh3:00
7."Jocko Homo"M. MothersbaughM. Mothersbaugh2:56
8."Golden Energy"M. MothersbaughM. Mothersbaugh2:32
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
9."Buttered Beauties"
  • M. Mothersbaugh
  • G. Casale
G. Casale3:38
G. Casale2:41
11."I'm a Potato"
G. Casale2:38
12."Uglatto"G. CasaleG. Casale2:00
13."Stop Look and Listen"M. MothersbaughM. Mothersbaugh2:33
  • M. Mothersbaugh
  • G. Casale
G. Casale2:46
15."Mongoloid"G. Casale
  • G. Casale
  • Bob Mothersbaugh
Total length:42:20

There was also a limited vinyl issue in Europe. Some pressings, including the European vinyl version, combine "Auto Modown" and "Space Girl Blues" on a single track.


Production team
  • Devo – producers

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Devo". Robert Christgau.
  2. ^ Beta, Andy. "Devo: Hardcore Volume 1". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Pilmer, Michael (June 19, 2013). "Hardcore DEVO Re-Issued On Vinyl and CD!". clubdevo.com. Retrieved 2014-11-22.

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