Friday Genius Ten “New Devo Album” Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, June 18, 2010 13:50 EDT
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Hard as it may be to believe, Devo dropped their first album in 20 years on Tuesday. It’s called “Something For Everybody“, because in order to put it together, they had a fake focus group on their website, where fans could listen to snippets of songs and vote for their favorites. The songs that got the most votes got on the album. As usual, their desire to make fun of corporate mediocrity by being de-evolved competed with their urge to make music that doesn’t suck, though, so the whole process was more a joke than anything else. But it would be interesting to do a similar experiment using 100 songs by 100 artists chosen randomly, and producing an album of astonishing mediocrity, which is what you get most of the time when you split the difference through a focus group style of making “art”. But I’m glad they chose “listenable” and “fun” over “mediocrity as an artistic statement”. Here’s the first song off it.

Alas, Genius hasn’t picked up on it yet, even though it seems to be selling well. So I did the Genius ten off a single that’s on the album they’ve had for awhile.

Original song: “Watch Us Work It” by Devo

1) “Whammy Kiss” by the B-52s
2) “I Love You, Ono” by Stereo Total
3) “Punkrocker” by the Teddybears
4) “This Is The Day” by The The
5) “Anthrax” by the Gang of Four
6) “Warm Leatherette” by the Normal
7) “You Made Me Like It” by the 1990s
8) “Nice Day” by Persephone’s Bees
9) “Drama Queen” by the Switches
10) “Girls In The Back” by the White Rose Movement

Videos below the fold.

Still trying to think of a song for the World Cup that doesn’t involve being incredibly stupid. Sorry, New Order. Maybe I’ll cave and reconsider.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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