Disco Dancer

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Devo
“Disco Dancer”
1988 Enigma Records (US)
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01 Disco Dancer (7-Inch Version)
02 Disco Dancer (12-Inch Version)
03 Disco Dancer (Bonus Beats)
04 Disco Dancer (Karaoke Version)

DE-EVOLUTION: the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society.

The above theory was postulated by Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis while they were attending Kent State University in the late-1960s. While conceived as a joke, the concept of ‘de-evolution’ can now be considered an axiom, supported by societal behavior displayed over the past 40+ years.

The first incarnation of Devo was formed in 1973, and debuted that year at the Kent State Creative Arts Festival. Following a few band member changes, a longtime lineup was achieved: Gerald Casale, Bob Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Bob Mothersbaugh (along with various drummers).

The visionary Spudboys from Ohio realized the power of video early on; their short film “The Truth About De-Evolution” caught the attention of David Bowie, who helped Devo in securing a recording contract with Warner Bros. in 1978. The group enjoyed its greatest success in the early-1980s, but things went downhill as the decade progressed.

After being dumped by WB, Devo regrouped and signed with Enigma Records for two LPs, which proved to be critical and commercial failures. Remixed by Ivan Ivan, “Disco Dancer” was the first of two singles issued from the album “Total Devo.”

Posted on March 12, 2017, in Devo, Ivan Ivan. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great info Shelf. I still have this one on vinyl so its nice to have a non scratchy copy. I really love this song, how can you not get you’re body moving to it?!?! Great band, thanks!

    • Yeah, even though Devo got bashed for it, I kinda liked this song back in the day. I bought the single on a whim because I wanted a 3″ CD! Hardly a practical format; consequently, there are few in my collection.

  2. I think I might be in the minority, but I loved this era of Devo …”Total” was a great album IMO “Happy Guy” is one of my faves off the album… this is a(n) awesome single, thank you Shelf!

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