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Mothersbaugh performing in 2007
|Birth name||Mark Allen Mothersbaugh|
|Born||May 18, 1950|
|Origin||Akron, Ohio, U.S.|
Mark Allen Mothersbaugh (//; born May 18, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, and painter. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Mothersbaugh came to prominence in the late 1970s as co-founder and lead singer of the new wave band Devo, which released a top 20 hit in 1980, with the single "Whip It", and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence. He is one of the only two members (the other being bassist/synthesizer player Gerald Casale) who have been with Devo throughout its entire history. Mothersbaugh began his solo career in 1987, while still a member of Devo. Since then, he has released three studio albums.
Mothersbaugh is one of the main composers of Devo's music, and made major lyrical contributions to the band's songs.
His other musical projects include work for television series, films and video games.
Mothersbaugh attended Kent State as an art student, where he met Devo co-founders Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis. In early 1970, Lewis and Casale formed the idea of the "devolution" of the human race; Mothersbaugh, intrigued by the concept, joined them, building upon it with elements of early post-structuralist ideas and oddball arcana, most notably unearthing the infamous Jocko-Homo Heavenbound pamphlet (the basis for the song "Jocko Homo"). This culminated in 1973, when the trio started to play music as Devo.
Since Devo, Mothersbaugh has developed a successful career writing musical scores for film and television. In film, he has worked frequently with filmmaker Wes Anderson, scoring half of his feature films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,). He also composed for The Lego Movie.
His music has been a staple of the children's television shows Rugrats, Beakman's World, Santo Bugito and Clifford the Big Red Dog. He also wrote the new theme song for the original Felix the Cat show when it was sold to Broadway Video, some music for Pee-wee's Playhouse in 1990 and the theme song for the Super Mario World TV series for DIC Entertainment in 1991.
On February 6, 2014 The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) announced a retrospective exhibition that will bring together the first comprehensive presentation of Mothersbaugh's art and music to date, from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s to the present. This nationally touring exhibition will be accompanied by a publication, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, published by Princeton Architectural Press.
In November 2014 Mothersbaugh said to an interviewer, "I've done over 150 art gallery shows in the last 20 years."
Mothersbaugh and Casale have also produced much of Toni Basil's music.
Mothersbaugh is known for his music in video games including Sony's Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, and EA Games' The Sims 2. This work is often performed with Mutato Muzika, the music production company he formed with several other former members of Devo including his brother, Bob Mothersbaugh.
He composed the score for the first season of the television series Big Love but was replaced after one season by David Byrne of Talking Heads. Mothersbaugh also composed the theme music for the American television show Eureka, broadcast on the SyFy channel. He currently composes the score of the Cartoon Network's TV series Regular Show.
In regard to on-camera work, Mothersbaugh hosts a drawing segment on the Nick Jr. television series Yo Gabba Gabba! called Mark's Magic Pictures, teaching children how to draw simple pictures that often come alive at the end of the segment. In 2013, he appeared on an episode of The Aquabats! Super Show!, an action-comedy series by the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba! starring the Devo-influenced band The Aquabats, playing the eccentric scientist father of one of the main characters, Jimmy the Robot.
At the age of seven, he was taken to the optometrist, where he obtained his first pair of glasses. He designs his own distinctive eyewear and they are made for him by a Los Angeles shop called LA Eyeworks.
Mark Mothersbaugh was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the 2004 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.
- Human Highway (1982)
- Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) (TV)
- NBC (1990) (station ID's)
- Felix the Cat (1990) (TV, digitally remastered footage version of the original series) (theme)
- Rugrats (1991) (TV)
- Super Mario World (1991) (TV) (theme)
- Liquid Television (1991) (TV)
- Davis Rules (1991) (TV)
- Sewer Shark (1992) (VG)
- Great Scott! (1992) (TV)
- Frosty Returns (1992) (TV)
- Mann & Machine (1992) (TV)
- Beakman's World (1993) (TV) (theme)
- Bakersfield P.D. (1993) (TV)
- South Beach (1993) (TV)
- Street Match (1993) (TV)
- Down on the Waterfront (1993)
- Hotel Malibu (1994) TV Series
- Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle (1994) (TV)
- Santo Bugito (1995) (TV) (as Mark "Mothersbug")
- Too Something (1995) (TV)
- If Not for You (1995) (TV)
- Strange Luck (1995) (TV)
- Sliders (1995) (TV)
- The Courtyard (1995) (TV)
- Dumb and Dumber (1995)
- Flesh Suitcase (1995)
- The Big Squeeze (1996)
- Class Reunion (1996) (TV)
- Crash Bandicoot (1996) (VG)
- Quicksilver Highway (1997) (TV)
- Fired Up (1997) (TV)
- Men (1997)
- Unwed Father (1997) (TV)
- Working (1997) (TV) (theme)
- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997) (VG)
- Last Rites (1998) (TV)
- The Mr. Potato Head Show (1998) (TV)
- Stories from My Childhood (1998) (TV)
- Crash Bandicoot: Warped (1998) (VG)
- Interstate '82 (1999) (VG)
- Crash Team Racing (1999) (VG)
- Rocket Power (1999) (TV) (theme music)
- The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space (1999) (V)
- Tucker (2000) (TV)
- Grosse Pointe (2000) (TV)
- The Other Me (2000) (TV)
- Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000) (TV)
- All Growed Up (2001) (TV)
- Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001) (VG)
- Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (2001) (VG)
- Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001) (TV)
- Rugrats: Still Babies After All These Years (2001) (TV)
- Second String (2002) (TV)
- Cheats (2002)
- MDs (2002) (TV)
- Hidden Hills (2002) (TV)
- The Groovenians! (2002) (TV)
- Jak II (2003) (VG)
- All Grown Up (2003–2007) (TV)
- The Even Stevens Movie (2003) (TV)
- Jak 3 (2004) (VG)
- Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy (2004) (V)
- LAX (2004–2005) (TV)
- The Sims 2 (and Expansion Packs) (2004–2008) (VG)
- The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (2004) (V)
- Music for Edward Gorey (?)
- Feed Me (2006)
- Eureka (2006) (TV) (Theme)
- Big Love (2006) (TV)
- Boom Blox (2008) (VG)
- Cars Toons (2008–present)
- Boom Blox Bash Party (2009) (VG)
- Skate 3 (2010) (VG)
- Regular Show (2010–) (TV)
- Catfish (2010)
- Glory Daze (2010–2011) (TV)
- Blue Mountain State (2010–2011) (TV)
- Hawaiian Vacation (2011)
- Shameless (2011) (TV)
- Enlightened (2011–2013)
- House of Lies (2012–) (TV)
- The Carrie Diaries (2013–2014) (TV)
- The Last Man on Earth (2015–) (TV)
- Grandfathered (2015–) (TV)
- My Struggle (as Booji Boy)
- What I Know Volume I
- Beautiful Mutants
- Studio albums
- Muzik for Insomniaks (Cassette, 1987)
- Later released on CD as Muzik for Insomniaks, Vol. 1 and Muzik for Insomniaks, Vol. 2 in 1988 by Rykodisc
- Muzik for the Gallery (LP, 1987)
- Joyeux Mutato (CD, 1999, Rhino Handmade limited edition; reissued 2000 by Rhino to regular retail)
- The Most Powerful Healing Muzik in the Entire World (6-CD Set, 2005)
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- "IMDb". Retrieved 2014-08-17.
- Hesse, Josiah (November 8, 2014). "Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh Still Loves Fucking with People". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2014-11-08.
- Roberts, Randall (December 7, 2007). "Are You Not Devo? You Are Mutato". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- Sagers, Aaron (June 14, 2013). "Mark Mothersbaugh joins 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'". MTV Geek.
- Peskowitz, Josh (June 11, 2010). "Eye Glasses of the Day: Mark Mothersbaugh's". Esquire. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
- "BMI Hands Out Over 100 Awards at Annual Film/TV Gala". bmi.com. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
- "Muzika Mutato". Mothersbaugh's professional website
- NERDIST Podcast Episode 130: Penn & Teller; Penn discusses his involvement along with Mark & Tom Ardolino of NRBQ with collecting song poems (starting at 05:53 in the podcast).
- "‘Vacation’ Reboot to Feature Music by Mark Mothersbaugh". Film Music Reporter (Film Music Reporter). 29 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mark Mothersbaugh.|
- Mark Mothersbaugh at the Internet Movie Database
- Video Interview with Mark
- Andreas Trolf (January 3, 2008). "Mark Mothersbaugh Interview". Fecal Face.
- Video Podcast Interview by Weird America Podcast
- Interview, April 25, 2001 at liveDaily.com Retrieved September 5, 2007[dead link]
- Professional Website
- "Devo Live Guide" – Comprehensive guide to Devo's live performances
- Extensive interview from 1998[dead link]
- Visual art website and gallery
- Orhan Ayyüce (December 25, 2007). "Home Front Invasion Wartime Interview with Mark Mothersbaugh". Archinect. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011.
- Mark Mothersbaugh at AllMusic