Mechanical Man EP

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Mechanical Man EP
EP by Devo
Released 1978
Recorded April 1974-July 1976
Genre New Wave, Post-punk
Length 13:48
Label Elevator Records
Producer Devo
Devo chronology
Be Stiff EP
(1977)
Mechanical Man EP
(1978)
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
(1978)

Mechanical Man is a semi-official EP by New Wave musicians Devo, released in 1978. It includes four 4-track basement demos by the band, recorded before they were signed to a record contract with Warner Bros. Records.

Opinions differ as to the legitimacy of the EP, with some sources considering it a bootleg. "Club Devo" webmaster Michael Pilmer states that it was a "fake bootleg" produced by Virgin Records and included with some copies of the band's debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! in the United Kingdom.[1]

The EP was a 7" single housed in a plain sleeve that came in a variety of colors including pink, blue, red, yellow and green. Most EP sleeves were numbered on the back, although the exact number of EPs pressed is unknown.

Availability[edit]

Although the Mechanical Man EP has never had a proper CD release, all but one track ("Blockhead") were re-released on the Rykodisc compilations Hardcore Devo: Volume One and Volume Two. "Mechanical Man" is an edited version starting at 1:01 of the released version, "Clockout" is labeled as "Blackout" and "Auto-Modown" includes "Space Girl Blues".

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Mechanical Man" (Mark Mothersbaugh) - 3:27
  2. "Blockhead" (Bob Mothersbaugh/Mark Mothersbaugh) - 3:08

Side two[edit]

  1. "Blackout" (Gerald V. Casale) - 3:11
  2. "Auto-Modown" (Gerald V. Casale) - 3:51

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Devo (as "Mechanical Man")

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