In honor April Fools Day yesterday, I thought it would be fun to mix it up with a little hardcore Devo. It was when someone gave me a copy of Hardcore Devo I that I really started to fall in love with this band. I’m also linking them because as much as I loved the Sound Opinions on synth pop, I felt they were off the mark singling out The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette” as the bridge between Kraftwerk and synth pop. Clearly, Devo got there first and did it better. Sorry, my British friends, but this American music chauvinist just can’t let you have this one.
Leave your Genius ten in comments, or links to whatever caught your eye today. Open thread!
Original song: “Social Fools” by Devo
It seems picking a really weird Devo song at least generates a Genius mix of songs that are great, but not the biggest hits for these bands.
1) “106 Beats That”—Wire
2) “Ether”—Gang of Four
3) “Drugs”—Talking Heads
4) “Pablo Picasso”–The Modern Lovers
6) “Isolation”—Joy Division
7) “Divine Hammer”—The Breeders
8) “Only Shallow”—My Bloody Valentine
9) “Mexican Radio”—Wall of Voodoo (I defy anyone to listen to this song without getting happy)
10) “Gold Soundz”—Pavement
Videos below the fold. When I was in college, I thought Pavement was a little sleepy. But in this modern era, where “sleepy” is increasingly the marker of what makes something indie pop, Pavement now sounds kind of rocking. This pisses me off.