Devo is an American rock group formed in Akron, Ohio in 1973. They are best known for their 1980 hit "Whip It", which made it to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their style has been variously classified as punk, art rock and post-punk, but they are most often remembered for their late 1970s and early 1980s New Wave sound.
Devo's music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary via sometimes-discordant pop songs that often feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures, and their work has proved hugely 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 that were popular in the early days of MTV, although their use of the video medium dates right back to their very first appearance on stage at Kent State University in 1973, which was recorded with an early black-and-white portable video system.
A new album should be released in the fall of 2009 (their first in almost 20 years!) that's why I thought it was crucial to give you this compilation of their finest tracks which focuses on the first four albums with picks at the following repertoire.
My DEVO Top 3
1 - Q:Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
2 - Freedom of Choice (1980)
3 - Duty Now for the Future (1979)
My DEVO Bottom 3
1 - Total Devo (1988)
2 - Shout (1984)
3 - Smooth Noodle Maps (1990)