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Q: Are We Not Men

DevoAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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"Thirty years ago, people said that we were cynical, that we had a bad attitude," says Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh. "But now, when you ask people if de-evolution is real, they understand that there was something to what we were saying. It’s not the kind of thing you want to see proven right, but it does make it easier to talk about."

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KJ1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Uncontrollable Urge
2. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
3. Praying Hands
4. Space Junk
5. Mongoloid
6. Joko Homo
7. Too Much Paranoias
8. Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)
9. Come Back Jonee
10. Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin')
11. Shrivel-Up

Editorial Reviews

When Devo's debut album came out in 1978, nobody knew what to make of the mutant new-wave quintet from Akron, Ohio. With Brian Eno's skillful production, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Jerry and Bob Casale, and Alan Myers emerged fully formed and outrageous with their razor-sharp social commentary and exhibition of subversive media savvy. Beyond their industrial uniforms and pseudo-devolved demeanor, Devo also happened to be a rocking little band. Classic rave-outs like "Mongoloid," "Jocko Homo," and "Uncontrollable Urge" illustrate the band's perky-jerky intensity. On their inimitable cover of the Rolling Stones' youth anthem, "Satisfaction," Devo's avant-garde robot funk takes the song to a new level of alienation and discontent. While the band went on to greater fame, this was the only album they made that truly mattered. --Mitch Meyers

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Is this not a new wave classic?! Includes Jocko Homo; Mongoloid, and Satisfaction !

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No comparison! May 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
O.K. I'd like to start off by pointing out that this record was the end result of DEVO's long and complicated de-evolution from multi-media project to major label "pop" band. The reviewer that wrote something about DEVO ripping off some idiotic Euro-dweebs has no idea that almost all of the songs on this perfect album were being developed since 1974-75. Lookie here spud, DEVO were WAY head of "new wave", "electro" or whatever pretentious label you wanna give it. Yeah, Kraftwerk were around before DEVO but man, those guys took themselves SO seriously! DEVO created a kind of glorious primitive futurism that is complex while being darkly funny. DEVO are part freak show, part futurist, part goon and 100% pure godhead. That said, "Are We Not Men" is a blistering manifesto and a great record.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About DE-EVOLUTION June 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
1978 was the height of the disco craze, with millions of Americans shaking their respective bootey's to such homogenized drivel as "Disco Duck." But alas, out of Akron OH came five Kent State neo-nerd types who with this one album basically called the bluff of a popular culture that was being force-fed to millions of unsuspecting spuds everywhere. Devo introduced "The sound of things falling apart," or devolution as their satiric theory as to why our "culture" seemed to be regressing backwards.
With incredible production by Brian Eno, Q: Are We Not Men/A: We Are Devo! provides a uniquely clever look at popular culture via 1978's crass commercialism that truly doesn't take itself too seriously.
With the tonge in cheek sentimentalism of "Come Back Jonie," to the over the top outrage of "Gut Feeling/Slap 'Yo Mammy," Devo rocks with a hypnotic urgency that made the New Wave movement so much fun. The listener felt that he/she was privy to someting that not everyone else new about. Also includeded is Devo's interpetation of The Stones' classic,"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," and of course their unofficial theme song "Jocko Homo." But what makes this CD so timeless is that Devo could rock! The runaway punk of "Uncontrolable Urge" and the energy-chocked guitar chaos of "Too Much Parinoia," make this stand up even two decades later. This album was more than a clever concept, it delivers the goods.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are We Not Brilliant? October 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Devo stormed onto the music scene with their 1978 debut; the CD starts perfectly with the "yeah yeah yeah yeah" rumble of "Uncontrollable Urge." They build on this auspicious beginning with their remake of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which always sounds to me as though the music consists solely of a synthesizer backed with garage tools being banged together. I love the irony of these rather contained and arty "rockers" opening their debut CD with two such completely hedonistic songs.

Some of the songs are peculiar - including "Space Junk" and its protagonist, Sally, who is always being hit with, well, space junk. A few songs might also be a little offensive in this age of political correctness, especially "Mongoloid" and "Sloppy (I Say My Baby Getting'); however, the lyrics are so absurd that it's clear that they shouldn't be taken seriously. The masterpiece here, arguably, is "Jocko Homo" - which contains the unforgettable chorus for which this CD was named - Are we not men? We are Devo! The group even calls themselves pinheads in this song.

Devo has always been uncategorizable. Are they punk? Are they new wave? Are they rock? Nowadays of course, a number of bands successfully blend musical styles (e.g., Flaming Lips), so it's not as revolutionary. However, I can only imagine what people thought of this CD in 1978. I was only 8 when this CD was released, and other than "Whip It," I wasn't very familiar with their work until recently. I bought this CD about a year ago because I was impressed by Mark Mothersbaugh's film score work, including the delightfully whimsical "Rushmore." Needless to say, I think this CD is remarkable, and I plan on buying more Devo music. Many people are also apparently still discovering this defunct group, as this CD didn't go gold until 2001. It's about time!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black by Unpopular Demand October 31, 2004
By PK3
Format:Audio CD
Ok let me play the race card.I am black and so were 95% of my friends when this Lp came out.I remember buying it just because of the album cover. When I took it home and played it I knew right away that Devo would hang.I remember playing it at a house party[I Can't Get No Satisfaction]My homies never forgot and this was months before they even got airplay.I would still be jamming this joint but it came up mysteriously missing thanks to my brother Johnnie.Oh well This is a cut above anything else similar that was out at the time.[groundbreakingly unpopular]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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At this point in their career, Devo's music was a strange combination of 1950's rock-and-roll with shouted, screamed lyrics about their peculiar, Church of the Subgenius-esque theory of 'De-Evolution', mixed in with a bit of punk and new wave. Probably their best album, this strikes a fine balance between being genuinely bizarre, and also being fun to listen to. Their later music, although sporadically brilliant, tended to become a bit like the B-52s, but with synthesisers. 'Q', on the other hand, is constantly interesting, containing one of two bizarre covers of the Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction' (against their wishes, the Residents had released a similarly detached, alienated version a few months previously) to be released in the late 70's, the early singles 'Jocko Homo' and 'Mongoloid', and a clutch of catchy / disturbing rock-and-roll. Brian Eno's production is almost transparent, and makes you wonder whether he just turned up and switched the tape machines on. The album was also released as a picture disc, and the original cover was different to the one above, featuring an alarmed-looking man who appeared to have dropped a camera.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Are we not men
Devon has been helping me with depression since forever. I am sorry for your loss. The music is your afterlife.
Published 3 months ago by Fledge Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
Love the CD,great buy big fan of DEVO.I'd recommend this to anyone
Classic CD from DEVO in their early years
Published 3 months ago by Z Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars my review
its devo, just put a pot on your head and dance around just like you were young and still knew how to have fun. finish up with b-52s rocklobster and lay your tired old ass to bed.
Published 6 months ago by neal rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
What can I say? Devo is iconic and fascinating for so many reasons. You have to listen to their music to really grasp how important they were. Art Rock at its finest.
Published 6 months ago by Bill Lumberton
5.0 out of 5 stars An album you just gotta hear!
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Published 12 months ago by Gregory F Baeten
5.0 out of 5 stars Did everyone miss this?
Many of you caught that DEVO's version of "Satisfaction" was a parody of the Stones' original, but everyone seems to have missed the fact that "Jocko Homo" is a twisted parody of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by BrDaFl
5.0 out of 5 stars Know devo, they are not men!
Good stuff, if you are looking for some good tunes with a comment on the world around you. If you haven't heard of them but look around at all the strange stuff going on, check... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect album
I first saw DEVO on SNL back in the late 70's as a child and I knew this was something important. This album opened the door to me to so many more bands and great music that was... Read more
Published 19 months ago by mflick35
5.0 out of 5 stars are we not men? no we aren't!
What an AWESOME album! I love jazz fusion and progressive rock to pieces but every so often I really need to take a break with that and just loosen my nerves with music intended... Read more
Published 20 months ago by B. E Jackson
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