The Complete Truth about De-Evolution (DVD)
They were quirky before quirky became cool. Devo holds a storied spot as an inspirer of countless bands and art creators of the pre and post-punk eras. Their visually elaborate short videos predate MTV and music videos while their influence over punk, new wave and music videos looms large. This DVD gathers videos, live clips, interviews, and short films into a collection called The Complete Truth about De-evolution. Man what a collection it is. Their vision of video-centered music was way ahead of its time. The kitschy sci-fi, spastic visuals, social commentary, all were mixed into the creative force known as Devo. If your knowledge of Devo only extends to their radio/MTV hit “Whip It,” then you’d better pop this into the boombox and immerse yourself in Devo history. The signature synth, guitars and percussion parts were bound together by the unmistakable vocalizations into a truly original sound, always accompanied by twisted visuals. They didn’t ape anyone, but many followed in their footsteps. Devo’s philosophy of the human race devolving and the pervasive corporate culture sucking life out of creative forces birthed their audio-video art. This DVD is a worthy document.