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Devo 2.0

By: Devo 2.0

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DISC 1 for Devo 2.0 Album By Devo 2.0
1   That's Good
2   Peek A Boo
3   Whip It
4   Boy U Want
5   Uncontrollable Urge
6   Cyclops
7   The Winner
8   Big Mess
9   Jerkin' Back 'N Forth
10   Through Being Cool
11   Freedom Of Choice
12   Beautiful Choice

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Devo, one of the most innovative and iconic bands of the '80s, has partnered with Disney Sound to bring their hits to a new generation with Devo 2.0, a combination CD/DVD package. The original members of Devo rerecorded ten of their old songs (some with revamped lyrics) and two brand new ones with Devo 2.0, a group of five talented kids aged 10 to 13.

"The concept is about the energy and aesthetic of Devo being passed like an Olympic torch to a new generation," said Devo frontman Gerald V. Casale, who directed all 11 newly created music videos on the DVD. The platinum-selling band handpicked kids Nicole, Jackie, Nathan, Michael, and Kane to don the famous "energy domes" and become Devo 2.0; unlike the original Devo, Devo 2.0 is a co-ed affair, with lead singer Nicole and keyboardist Jackie lending diversity to the Devo chemistry. "I'm honored to be the new Mark Mothersbaugh!" declared Nicole.

Devo is one of my favorite bands," Buena Vista Music Group EVP & GM David Agnew said in a recent interview. "I think their music was years ahead of its time--and is timeless... it's playful and great to dance to, which is the key to any good kids' music. When you consider that Disney has been responsible for some of the most popular children's music of all time, and that most people trust Disney to bring them music that is appropriate for their kids, it seemed like a winning combination to me."

In addition to shots of Devo 2.0 performing the songs, the DVD features frenzied, surreal animations, including neon dinosaurs, pandas in sombreros, and anthropomorphic potatoes; special features include an extensive photo gallery and interviews of the original Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale by the members of Devo 2.0. Devo's most famous songs all make appearances, including "Freedom of Choice," "Girl U Want" (both in original form and rewritten as "Boy U Want" to more appropriately accommodate lead singer Nicole) and the platinum-certified hit "Whip It," a music video staple for a fledgling MTV network in the early 1980s. The band also offers up their first original songs in 15 years, "Cyclops" and "The Winner."

Founded at Kent State University in 1972 by art students Gerald V. Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo took their name and ideology from the concept of "de-evolution," the idea that mankind has regressed rather than evolved. Sharp social satire was the driving force behind their songs. Devo's obsession with technology, pioneering use of synthesizers and highly stylized music videos made it a seminal band. The band is Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Gerald V. Casale (vocals, bass, keyboards), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar, vocals), and Bob Casale (guitar, keyboards, vocals).

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Devo 2.0, as all the Nickolodeon-watching world knows, is a kiddie spinoff of the original upside-down flower-pot wearing New Wave band. And, as it goes forward and moves ahead with "Whip It" and the 11 other Devo-penned tracks on this audio/video double-disc package, it's ruffling a lot of feathers. New Wave nerds are rightfully leery of the kings of their long-lost scene being kiddified, of course. But maybe more significantly, parents who heaped hosannas on Disney for conceiving Here Come the ABCs, the 2005 They Might be Giants masterpiece, can't help feeling like this left turn ought to be greeted with a failure-to-signal citation. "That's Good," no matter how compellingly it's sung by cute tween frontgirl Nicole, is no "E Eats Everything," after all. And though there's no shortage of message songs here--check the revamped "Through Being Cool" and "The Winner," one of two new Devo-penned tracks--any learning going on as a result of this disc is strictly a geek-chic side effect. But that's not to say Devo 2.0 isn't a whole heap of fun, or that Disney, with this first outing on its Disney Sound imprint, isn't onto something. 2.0, more than anything, is the anti-Kidz Bop: here are five kids, ages 10 to 13, deeply in touch with their dorky sides in the same way their weirdly dressed mentors were, and here are five kids who can sing with distinction. Add to that the danceability of these tracks, and all the naysaying seems baselessly grouchy. Spin it and see if you don't find yourself singing a different tune--one with "bring on the Go-Gos" in it. They're Disney Sound's next signing, and they'll undergo the same kids-take-the-mike treatment. --Tammy La Gorce

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