is an American New Wave band formed in 1972 consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. The classic line-up of the band includes two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. Devo caught the attention of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who championed the band and enabled Devo to secure a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. After Bowie backed out due to previous commitments, their first album, "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!" was produced by Brian Eno.

Their style over time has shifted between punk, art rock, post-punk, and New Wave. Their music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their often discordant pop songs feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave, industrial and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating many memorable clips for the Laser Disc format. (Read more at Wikipedia)

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After showing a bit of interest in what they did, but without deciding yet if he really liked the band or not, on 24 August 1978, Peel played seven tracks from the first Devo LP (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!), in order to make his mind. By the end of the program, he declared to have enjoyed the songs and promised to play more in the subsequent weeks. From then until a couple of years, Peel kept following Devo with interest. The music of the band and their peculiar sense of humour were compatible with those of the artists he was championing at the time. As time went by and Devo changed their style, Peel started to move on other grounds, while still keep playing tracks from their records from time to time.

Festive Fifty Entries


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Other Shows Played

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Devo - Jocko Homo

Devo - Jocko Homo

'Jocko Homo', #58 in the 1977 Festive Fifty

  • 24 June 1977: Jocko Homo (single – Mongoloid b-side) Booji Boy
  • 22 December 1977: Jocko Homo (single – Mongoloid b-side) Booji Boy Festive Fifty #58


  • 20 October 2004: Satisfaction (LP - History of Punk Vol.1) Old Gold (Siouxsie Sioux sitting in)

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