Originally posted by dbates
When you're talking 80's Devo is hard to top. They really defined the era. What song is more 80's than "Whip It"?
Moz was crowned "the voice of the 80's"
in their peak in '88, though... no band matched the 80's synth sound as Depeche Mode, which of course was used amazingly in the early 80's by Devo
but when Depeche Mode took the reins .... it was a done deal for a lot of people that the 80's title belonged to Depeche Mode, respectively.
In later years, Neil Young would ask the band to work with him, while Kurt Cobain said: “Of all the bands who came from the underground and
actually made it in the mainstream, Devo are the most challenging and subversive of all.”
Most subversive? I guess he had never heard of Crass?
They were the real deal, created their own record label. They ignored the mainstream music business. Never played at commercial venues, and didn't
charge a performance fee. Set the price for their records lower than the norm, pay no more than 40p. All money they made went into other projects,
like releasing records of other bands. Their records sold in the thousands, but were never recognised in the mainstream charts.
They also worked outside of music and were responsible for organising the Stop the city protests in London. They produced a fake tape that caused
quite a stir, that even got them on breakfast TV...
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