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"Saying the video for "R U Experienced" made fun of Hendrix is stupid. That's like saying "Whip It" makes fun of cowboys" - Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord

Band Name Origins:

  • They were originally the "de-evolution band” but then they switched to DE-eVOlution Devo. Submitted by: CLH
  • While the word "devolution" existed prior to Devo - the word "de-evolution" did not, and was coined by the band specifically to refer to the crackpot theory. Additionally, the band was not "inspired" by Oscar Kiss Maerth's book. The book is an insane rant that was used by the band as an absurd confirmation of the theory. Submitted by: robert lewis

Stupid Band Names:

  • You have to explain what it stands for and then explain what the thing it stands for even is! Think about it.. Submitted by: G

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Devo Corporate Anthem"Appears on their 1979 album "Duty Now for the Future" - Mike
"Jocko Homo"They say in the refrain "Are We Not Men, We Are Devo". Then they spell out their name. - Paul Warren

Former Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Mark Mothersbaugh""T shirt graphic artist"He used to make those t shirts that advertise bands and stuff. One day neil young was visiting his shop and saw the words "rust never sleeps" on one of his T-shirts (he was making it for a painting company) and neil young decided to use this for his next album. - Cactus?

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Nerd HerdHow they looked with the funny hats & turtlenecksRobert D. Arndt Jr.
RevoShort for Revolution instead of De-EvolutionRobert D. Arndt Jr.

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Race Of Dune""Race Of Doom"Sonya Raynos
"Chase Of Doom""Race Of Doom"Sonya Raynos
"Space Girl Booze""Space Girl Blues"Sonya Raynos
"The Birds Get Stuck In My Throat""The Words Get Stuck In My Throat"Regina Haniger
"The Herds Get Stuck In My Throat""The Words Get Stuck In My Throat"Regina Haniger

There are additional Devo new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Human Rocket,"People aren't rockets.JohnHowarth
"The Words Get Stuck In My Throat,"Words do not get stuck in throats.Opie M.
"Space Girl Blues,"No girls are from space in the first place!GlamRockNinjaLord
"Mr. DNA,"DNA is not anyone's last name...GlamRockNinjaLord
"I'm A Potato,"Potatoes are not sentient.GlamRockNinjaLord

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"She's Cool," Little Texas"Through Being Cool," Devo
"I Still Love You," Kiss"That's Good," Devo
"I Won't Forget You," Poison"That's Good," Devo
"The Model," Kraftwerk"Girl U Want," Devo
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Pace Girl Blues" originally "Space Girl Blues"
Hayley Spalding
"Don't Hoot" originally "Don't Shoot"
Don't make like an owl!
Diana Jasper
"Don't Shoo" originally "Don't Shoot"
Diana Jasper
"Beautiful Word" originally "Beautiful World"
Brianna Holden

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"The Words Get Struck In My Throat" originally "The Words Get Stuck In My Throat"
What strikes them in there?
Trina Lufkin
"The Swords Get Stuck In My Throat" originally "The Words Get Stuck In My Throat"
Doug Graves
"The Worlds Get Stuck In My Throat" originally "The Words Get Stuck In My Throat"
A tight fit!
Doug Graves
"Then Words Get Stuck In My Throat" originally "The Words Get Stuck In My Throat"
Doug Graves
"Gust Feeling" originally "Gut Feeling"
Feeling a gust of wind?
Naomi Swanson

There are additional Devo song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Girl I Want" originally "Girl U Want"
Changes to a correctly spelled pronoun
Regina Olsen
"Spice Girl Blues" originally "Space Girl Blues"
Actually, I think they were more of a pop group...
"Don't Scoot" originally "Don't Shoot"
Diana Jasper
"That's Peg" originally "That's Pep"
Billy Reuben
"That's Pop" originally "That's Pep"
Elsie Greer

There are additional Devo song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Whip It""Ribbit (Misheard Lyrics)"MC Blargenfedibblenohip
"Whip It""Flip It"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Whip It""Ship It (Illegal Immigrant song)"Chance Gollnick
"Whip It""Wipe It"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Whip It""Crack It"Callmelennie
"Jocko Homo""Empty Biro"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Whip It""Nuked 'Em"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Whip It""Web It"Brian Cavanaugh
"Whip It""Whip Its"Pillicothe Guy
"Whip It""Whip Its"Pillicothe Guy

There are additional Devo song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
I Need a ChickDating websitesKerry
Uncontrollable UrgeMcDonald'sMitzi Mozzarella
Whip It"Indiana Jones" movie promosThe Nerd
Whip ItSex StoreAmy
Whip ItCool Whip/Miracle WhipTonyDaProducuh

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Some Things Never ChangeProgressive activist groupsBH
Uncontrollable UrgeOvereaters AnonymousMitzi Mozzarella
MongoloidAutistic Self Advocacy NetworkBrian
Jocko HomoEvery liberal and right-wing groupCentre-Right Superstar
Baby DollComplaint Department of Toys "R" UsYello Jello
There are additional Devo on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
About A Girl
Girl U Want
About A Girl U Want
Magnet And Steel
   Walter Egan
Gates Of Steel
Magnetic Gates Of Steel
They would close and latch easily?
The Model
Girl U Want
The Model Girl U Want
Yello Jello
I'm The Man
Mechanical Man
I'm The Mechanical Man
There are additional Devo duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Il Devo
Il Divo combined with Devo
A possible misspelling of the first group's name?
Submitted By: Ashley
Tenacious Devo
Tenacious D combined with Devo
Submitted By: GlamRockNinjaLord
Dio combined with Devo
Submitted By: GlamRockNinjaLord
Bell Biv Devo
Bell Biv DeVoe combined with Devo
(pronounced "DEE-vo") Early 90's R&B meets new wave!
Submitted By: Mark Richardson

There are additional Devo Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Jocko Homo"
Misheard Lyrics:
We are Vevo
Original Lyrics:
We are Devo
"Whip It"
Misheard Lyrics:
You’re too defective
Original Lyrics:
Try to detect it
"Whip It"
Misheard Lyrics:
Step on the brake, break your mama's back.
Original Lyrics:
Step on a crack, break your mama's back.
"Whip It"
Misheard Lyrics:
Tattoo the Texas. It’s not too late.
Original Lyrics:
Try to detect it, it's not too late
There are additional Devo misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Whip It"
Misheard Lyrics:
Step on the brake, break your mama's back.
Original Lyrics:
Step on a crack, break your mama's back.

Story about this misheard lyric by: PCL

I'd never heard the expression "Step on a crack, break your mama's back." or the context in which it was said, so "step on the brake" seemed to make more sense, although not in a nice way. I though it was odd that they were suggesting people injure their mothers by driving recklessly.

There are additional Devo misheard stories available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Jocko Homo"
The Funny Lyrics:
We are Devo
we are Devo
we are Devo.
Why They're Funny:
Honestly, I laugh every time I hear this. The way they sing this, just sounds so funny.
Submitted by: Celeste

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Here To Go"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go
Why They're Repetitive:
Do I really need to explain this one?
Submitted by: Hello Konichiwa
"Jocko Homo"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Are we not men?
We are Devo!
Are we not men?
We are Devo!
Why They're Repetitive:
Even if I already didn't know the name of your band, I'd have understood the first time.
Submitted by: Princess Ana

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"That's Good"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
And let us not forget to toast
Everyone who might have missed the boat
And to everybody else who waits
Till the next one sails in again
Why They're Misrhymed:
This is some of the laziest rhyming I've ever heard. These lyrics are especially bad, because earlier in the song the lyics to this part of the structure did indeed rhyme (Ain't it true, there's just no doubt / There's some things that we can't do without). That's not good at all!
Submitted by: Kai Esbensen

How to Pronounce a Band Name:

Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Beautiful World"
Opening Lines:
It's a beautiful world we live in.
Ironicly, the security code is "EWW".
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Boasting in Song Lyrics:

"Jacko Soho (We Are Devo"
The Boasting Lyrics:
Jacko soho
we are Devo
we are Devo
we are Devo
He's talking about his band. What does that say about somebody when they talk about their own band.
Submitted by: Celeste

Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics:

"Whip It"
The Lyrics:
Whip it good
One time I saw Jon Cryer sing this on a show. He ended with "whip it well" and then went on to say, "I always wanted to fix that!"
Submitted by: wadded beef

Band Name Anagrams:

Dove Submitted by: Joe King

Song Title Anagrams:

"Rig Walnut" originally "Girl U Want"
Submitted by: Boy George Washington Wizards Of Waverly Place
"Al Wrung It" originally "Girl U Want"
Submitted by: Boy George Washington Wizards Of Waverly Place
"Twirl A Gun" originally "Girl U Want"
Just don't pull the trigger by mistake.
Submitted by: Boy George Washington Wizards Of Waverly Place
"Hip Wit" originally "Whip It"
Submitted by: dxman
"Office Doom Cheer" originally "Freedom of Choice"
Submitted by: Josh

Songs That Are Banned:

Even though the song's meaning could be interpreted as quite positive, the title is controversal and considered offensive, so some stations are afraid to air it
Submitted by: PompadurSwamp

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Duty Now for the Future!" Length: 0:30
Submitted by: Joe Pearson
"Space Junk" Length: 2:14
Submitted by: Evan
"Whip It" Length: 2:37
Submitted by: Nathan Elia

Song Title Acrostics:

ROD: "Race Of Doom"
Submitted by: Candy Welty

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Hock, Oh, Mojo" originally "Jocko Homo"
Submitted by: Eva Cave
"The Words Get Muck In Sty Throat" originally "The Words Get Stuck In My Throat"
Submitted by: Nicole Velocin
"Ace Dove Room" originally "Race Of Doom"
Submitted by: Lydia Idyl
"Gut Leafing" originally "Gut Feeling"
Submitted by: Amy Grunt
"Space Burl Glues" originally "Space Girl Blues"
Submitted by: Amy Grunt

There are additional Devo Song Title Spoonerisms available.

Names as a Word Bank:

Dove Submitted by: G
ed. note: Devo used to perform as DOVE sometimes

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Veedoe originally "Devo"
Submitted by: Electric Boogeyman

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"Too Much Paranoia"
Seriously? They are unwittingly endorsing McDonalds! Have you heard the lyrics?
Submitted by: G
"The Words Get Stuck In My Throat"
This group performed this song live in their concerts. In it, Mark Mothersbaugh uses his alias "Booji (pronounced 'Boogie') Boy", and sings in a voice that sounds like Elmo from "Sesame Street". Sample lyrics: "If I had a tiny microphone
Stuck inside my heart
It would amplify my love for you."
Submitted by: newave

Backwards Messages:

"Whip It"
If you play the song backwards, you can hear Mark saying "Hey, come over here!"
Submitted by: Yello Jello
"Whip It"
If you play the intro backwards, it sounds like Mark is saying "Hey, Hey, you, yeah you!" I don't know why it's there, but it is....
Submitted by: G

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Extremely unique takes on classic songs"
Devo have done rather adventurous versions of songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Cheap Trick.
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord
"Wearing Lampshades on their Heads"
those red things...
Submitted by: jdizzy

Music With a Warning Label:

"Greatest Hits"
The CD itself (not the case) has a picture of someone sticking a fork into a toaster. I figure it's a "what not to do" sort of thing...
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Whip It"
Movie about roller derbies.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"Out of Sync"
The Lyrics:
She's out of sync
And everyone around her
Knows that something is wrong
This would ruin your day if your phone goes off during a feminist rally.
Submitted by: Kerry

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