Shortly after Devo finish a brief “Hardcore Tour” in which they’ve been playing rough, experimental tunes they made before signing to Warner Bros., MVD Entertainment will release the archival The Men Who Make the Music, a DVD that compiles late-Seventies concert footage, a few music videos and what’s billed as “a vague story about Devo‘s rocky relationship with ‘Big Entertainment.'”
Bonus content includes “Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig,” a recording of the band’s electric Park City, Utah debut. “In January of ’96, we closed Sundance Film Festival,” says bassist Jerry Casale. “We wore Twenties-style prison suits and dished out classic Devo songs to an unsuspecting audience of Hollywood elite.”
In the above clip, watch the band dish out “Too Much Paranoia,” Mark Mothersbaugh howling his McDonald’s order while playing a guitar with a handful of pedals glued to the body.
Early this year, in a remembrance of his brother Bob, Casale recalled this time period: “In the mid-1990s, we began to play shows and festivals again. Bob just loved playing live. He was like me. We wanted to write songs, have a voice in the marketplace and play live as the payoff. We never lost our energy onstage and when we got older we made fewer mistakes and actually played better.”
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