Devo was an essential transition band going from the ’70s style pushing into the ’80s New Wave style. They got their start with their sprightly cover of The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, and FM favorite of “Jocko Homo”. Those were elevation tracks from their 1978 debut. They followed with a second set in 1979 and a best-seller in Freedom Of Choice in 1980. That album produced “Whip It” and three other singles. Subsequent albums were satisfactory for fans but let the fickle masses fall away. It would be extraordinarily hard to dismiss Devo as a band of note from the ’70s and ’80s.

On October 20, Rhino Entertainment will gift fans of DEVO with a 2CD collection of fifty tracks overlooking fifty years of evolution…or, as the band would say, de-evolution of DEVO. The collection is being called 50 Years Of De-Evolution: 1973-2023. All tracks are newly remastered. You can hear the 7″ version of “Disco Dancer” below.

This set will be released on 2CD, DD, along with 2LP black vinyl that holds 25 tracks, and a Limited Edition (3000 copies) 4LP Clear vinyl set holding all 50 songs. The 4LP set will present clever labeling to create the word DEVO, a Devo air freshener, a 28-page booklet, a litho of the album cover art, and a foldable replica of the popular DEVO red telescoping headpiece.

50 Years Of De-Evolution: 1973-2023DEVO

01. Mongoloid (Warner Version)
02. Jocko Homo (Warner Version)
03. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
04. Come Back Jonee (Single Edit)
05. Secret Agent Man
06. The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize
07. Smart Patrol
08. Girl U Want
09. Whip It
10 Freedom Of Choice
11 Gates Of Steel
12 Working In The Coal Mine
13 Beautiful World
14 Jerkin’ Back ’n’ Forth
15 Through Being Cool
16 Time Out For Fun
17 Peek-a-Boo!
18. That’s Good
19. Big Mess
20. Here To Go (Go Mix Version)
21 Are You Experienced?
22. Disco Dancer (7” Version)
23. Post Post-Modern Man (Macro Post-Modern Mix)
24 Fresh

01 I’m A Potato (1974 Demo)
02 Mongoloid (Booji Boy Version)
03 Jocko Homo (Booji Boy Version)
04 Be Stiff (Stiff Version)
05 Uncontrollable Urge
06 Gut Feeling / (Slap Your Mammy)
07 Triumph Of The Will
08 Soo-Bawlz
09 It Takes A Worried Man
10 Snowball (Single Remix)
11 Mr. B’s Ballroom
12 Going Under
13 Love Without Anger
14 One Dumb Thing
15 Speed Racer
16 Theme From Doctor Detroit (Dance Mix)
17 Shout
18 Puppet Boy
19 I Wouldn’t Do That To You
20 Bread And Butter
21 Let’s Talk
22 Baby Doll (Devo Single Mix)
23 Some Things Never Change
24 What We Do (Single Edit)
25 No Place Like Home
26 Watch Us Work It

By MARowe