Discussion in '80's Music' started by Cincinnatus, Jun 5, 2010.
Great stuff ......
This looks great Lou!! Is this a new doc I take it? When is it coming out?
Im afraid not till early 2013.....its just a taster clip uploaded on you=tube. ...but it is an Official authorised movie length documentary. I cant wait !!
I loved DEVO in their heydey....I felt they lost their way a bit with the "Shout " album, which I never took to.....but some of DEVOs later stuff is interesting.
Also heard that DEVO are to play in Australia with SIMPLE MINDS and THE CHURCH on the same bill.........What a gig that sounds !!
I know that one song from the movie "The Life Aquatic". There are a few of their songs in that movie, I need to check them out more.
Well that's GREAT news Lou!!
I'll definitely see that documentary when it comes out
Also, to the song that was posted from their new album, it sounded a lot more like simple minds or even English Beat than early Devo.. cool but not at all what I was expecting.. may see what I can do to get my hands on that album
i remember my aunt owning New Traditionalists when i was a kid. it's not like i played it alot, but i'm sure i have heard it at least a few times. i'm sure growing up, no one in my family was into Devo.
i didn't really get into Devo until the early 90's. the little hick town i grew up in, even tho they had a couple record stores. Devo wasn't really a band you could walk into a store and pick up any album that wasn't Greatest Hits or Greatest Misses. which kinda sucked. the one record store did stock alot of awesome stuff, but being it was a mom and pop shop, they didn't really carry a discography of them. just the ones they liked (which was Duty Now For The Future & the 2 compilation tapes)
cut to some years later when i found Pioneers Who Were Scalped at the local library. that's what started me to go further into Devo's catalog. i even managed to find some guy from Ireland or Scotland thru some cd trading page and scored a triple disc of more of the rare tracks, like the E-Z Listening Cassettes and whatnot.
and then finally came the time i got to see DEVO
it was the Q&A / FOC tour. we only went to the Q&A show. it kinda sucked that our tickets cost more then the length they played, but it was so worth it. we got great balcony seats and it was great. then a couple years later, we found out they were playing a free show in Burlington that day. infact they were due to go on stage in 3 hours. we got our crap together and we hauled ass to the show. i mean it was free. why not! Mark's voice was so rough. he had a cold or something (yet the band blamed The Human Centipede for it) but this time i managed to get at least 5th or 6th row back from the stage. and was totally blown away by how many people around me were also singing along. that insane panic attack of LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO just to get to the show made it all worth it. we missed the songs they played from the newer album (at the time) but we could hear them as we walked down the street.
that show contained my favorite #1 guitar solo i ever seen
during the last part of Mr DNA when it goes into the long note, buddy broke all 6 strings on his guitar. that was awesome!
RIP Alan Myers
Alan Myers, longtime DEVO drummer, has passed away at the age of 58. He died in Los Angeles after a long battle with brain cancer. He was the band's third drummer, but with them when they signed with Warner Brothers. He played on their first seven albums, including "Duty Now For The Future" and "Freedom Of Choice". Rest In Peace Alan, and thanks for all the great music.
Sad news R.I.P Alan
Devo Drummer Alan Myers Dies
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Drummer Alan Myers, whose stint with New Wave pioneers Devo coincided with the band’s first flush of critical and commercial success, has passed away following a struggle with cancer.
Myers joined Devo in 1976, becoming the group’s third drummer, and stayed for the next 10 years — a period in which they scored their biggest hits (including ‘Whip It‘) and released a string of well-received LPs such as ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!,’ ‘Duty Now for the Future,’ and ‘Freedom of Choice.’
In spite of Devo’s increased prominence, Myers found himself creatively frustrated by the band’s increased reliance on drum machines, and he quit the group in 1986, following the release of their ‘Shout’ LP. While his time with Devo represented his only brush with the charts, Myers remained musically active, playing with an assortment of bands and founding the experimental pop group Skyline Electric in 2005.
The news of Myers’ death was broken by musician Ralph Carney, who shared his grief on Facebook. “i just got some bad news,” lamented Carney. “Alan Myers passed yesterday from cancer. he was Devo’s best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. i cry……….”
Devo co-founder Gerald Casale paid tribute to Myers via a series of Twitter posts, telling followers, “In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best – a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!”
Prolific session drummer Josh Freese also paid his respects, tweeting, “RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome.”
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