Formed in 1972, with members from Kent and Akron, Ohio.
Their classic line-up included two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers.
They had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It", and has maintained a cult following throughout their career.
Style wise, what they have produced over the years, has changed from Punk, to Avant-Garde Rock, to Post Punk as well as New Wave, and even SynthPunk but they have always been innovative and influencial over these styles.
Their sound and their performances mixed kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary.
They often created discordant Pop songs featuring unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, causing Devo to also be an influence over Industrial, Synthpop and many other genres of Alternative Rock.
Devo were also pioneers of the music video, creating many memorable clips for the LaserDisc format, with "Whip It" giving them heavy airplay during the early days of MTV.
Studio Albums List
1) Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
2) Duty Now for the Future (1979)
3) Freedom of Choice (1980)
4) New Traditionalists (1981)
5) Oh, No! It's Devo (1982)
6) Shout (1984)
7) Total Devo (1988)
8) Smooth Noodle Maps (1990)
9) Something for Everybody (2010)
Members Name Check
- Gerald Casale
- Mark Mothersbaugh
- Bob Mothersbaugh
- Josh Freese
Past Members Name Check
- Bob Casale (deceased)
- Bob Lewis
- Rod Reisman
- Fred Weber
- Jim Mothersbaugh
- Alan Myers
- David Kendrick
Josh Freese also became involved with the now legendary Desert Sessions).