Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Devo - Greatest Hits (1990)


Sometimes described as synth-pop, New Wave, art rock, or post-punk, Devo only had one Top 40 hit (Whip It), so it may be a stretch to put together a 16 track greatest hits CD, but, in true Devo fashion, they not only put out this CD, but simultaneously released another 16 track CD titled Greatest Misses. They had quite a following and actually recorded many songs in their own spastic, quirky, very electronic, industrial style. Devo is an acquired taste and, for me, can only be taken in small doses. If you only need one Devo CD (and I do), this one will do.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: None are unlistenable, but my favorite tracks are Here To Go (Go Mix Version), Through Being Cool, Beautiful World (recently heard on TV ads for Target stores), Working In The Coalmine and Jocko Homo. Not as good are Jerkin' Back and Forth, Peek-A-Boo!, and Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA. The song That's Good is so derivative of Gimme Some Lovin' that Devo should pay Steve Winwood some royalties. The highlight of the disc is the cover of The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. The neurotic arrangement perfectly suits the lyrics.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: My friend Richard bought the Greatest Misses shortly before I bought this Greatest Hits CD. Also, the song Through Being Cool reminds me of church camp in the summer of 1984.

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