Would the members of Devo please stop dying? First it was drummer Alan Myers, who died June 24, and today we learn of guitarist Bob "Bob 2" Casale's passing at age 61.
Casale's brother Jerry — also a member of Devo — posted this on the group's website: "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."
Spudboys and spudgirls always have Devo in heavy rotation, but for those who don't (and what's wrong with you if you don't?), here's a list of five Devo songs you should know that aren't "Whip It."
One more thing…rest in peace Bob Casale and thanks for the good times.
5. Don't Shoot (I'm a Man)
A supposed one-hit wonder releases a new album after 20 years and the first single is as good as anything they've ever done? That just doesn't happen. Except it did.
Devo writes pop songs in odd time signatures. Do you know how difficult that is to do?
3. Girl U Want
I'll go to my grave saying "Girl U Want" is the most underrated love song ever. Then again, this is Devo, which means "Girl U Want" could very easily be a metaphor for something that has nothing to do with love. Either way, it's a killer tune.
2. Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA
I choose this video for three reasons: 1. The show takes place in Irvine during Lollapalooza 1996, 2. I was at this show, marking the first (but definitely not the last) time I saw Devo, and 3. This song fucking rules.
1. Gates of Steel
"Whip It" might make all the '80s compilation CDs, but "Gates of Steel" is the quintessential Devo track. Not only does the song rock, it helped popularize the Devo-ism, "The beginning was the end."