There are a few bands and people that I can count on one hand that really and truly changed my perception of what creativity and individuality are all about. Devo fit easily into that category. I was introduced to them by a friend a few years older than me that lived down the street. I can still remember hearing them for the first time with part of me saying what the hell is this and the other part just in absolute awe of their sound. Devo didn’t fit into anything I already knew. They were unique with abstract themes. Their music, lyrics and outfits were out there and it was truly awesome. Devo will always be at the top of my list of favourites and today’s news is sad of yet another musical legend passing. I’d like to raise a glass to ‘Bob 2’ and thank him (and the rest of the band) for being able to take the crazy out of their heads and record it for us to listen to forever. Rock In Peace, Bob Casale.
– Anthony Moore. Desert Highways.
Taken from Devo’s Facebook post.
“Very sad news to report today.
Bob Casale of Devo. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014
As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.
Gerald Casale, Devo founder.
(The above) photo circa 1980 by Jules Bates/Artrouble”
This had to be included as this version of Girl U Want is possibly the greatest cover of all time and by another incredible band.