Hardcore Vol. 2 (LP)


Devo

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Amoeba Review

06/24/2013

Devo fans are in for a treat with Hardcore Vol. 1 and 2, which collects rare early recordings from the legendary new wave band. It’s amazing to hear well-loved Devo songs like “Jocko Homo” in their earliest stage, slowed down and sparer, with Mark Mothersbaugh’s voice deeper and more detached than on its later incarnation. You get to hear their concept forming, moving from its genesis as abrasive “devolved blues” informed by the sensibilities of German bands like Kraftwerk to its more upbeat and goofier later form. It’s sometimes jarring to hear Devo take themselves more seriously in these mid-’70s recordings, but listen closely and you’ll hear their offbeat sense of humor poke through on songs like the sci-fi-flavored “Fraulein.” And while songs like “Auto Modown” and “Be Stiff” aren’t catchy per se, they definitely add to the Devo canon by presenting Devo as a scarier, more robotic version of their later selves, more clearly exposing the social criticism at the core of Devo’s art-pop. No Devo fan should be without this essential look into the birth of one of the most distinctive bands of the past several decades.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Booji Boy's Funeral
Devo 03:59
2.
Can U Take It?
Devo 03:00
3.
Bamboo Bimbo
Devo 03:16
4.
A Plan For U
Devo 03:11
5.
The Rope Song
Devo 02:17
6.
Goo Goo Itch
Devo 02:17


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Be Stiff
Devo 03:19
2.
All Of Us
Devo 04:53
3.
Baby Talkin' Bitches
Devo 02:25
4.
I Need A Chick
Devo 02:51
5.
U Got Me Bugged
Devo 02:45
6.
Chango
Devo 03:10


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Fraulein
Devo 03:06
2.
Dogs Of Democracy
Devo 03:25
3.
"37"
Devo 02:57
4.
Bottled Up
Devo 02:21
5.
Working In The Coal Mine
Devo 03:13
6.
I Been Refused
Devo 03:32


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Fountain Of Filth
Devo 03:09
2.
Clockout
Devo 03:09
3.
Let's Go
Devo 02:42
4.
Man From The Past
Devo 03:22
5.
Doghouse Doghouse
Devo 02:40
6.
Hubert House
Devo 01:50
7.
Shimmy Shake
Devo 02:57

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