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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 (April 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Restless Records UK
  • ASIN: B000003BK5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Baby Doll
2. Disco Dancer
3. Some Things Never Change
4. Plain Truth
5. Happy Guy
6. Don't Be Cruel
7. The Shadow
8. I'd Cry If You Died
9. Agitated
10. Man Turned Inside Out
11. Sexi Luv
12. Blow Up
13. Some Things Never Change Cassette Version
14. Baby Doll Extended Mix
15. Disco Dancer 12' Version
16. Agitated Hyperextended Mix

Customer Reviews

Just a bunch of weak filler.
Interplanetary Funksmanship
"Total DEVO" might be worth a used CD investment for the curious, but there are many other, better places to start.
Tim Brough
Or just go totally freakazoid and get that Music Mutato disc that's like 100.00 used.
Rude Boy 1979

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry Clockout on November 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album marks a drastic change in Devo's previous sound. Gone are the bouncy, immature, ironic humor laced lyrics of the albums before it. They are now replaced by more mashed up love lyrics. Devo sounds like they matured on this one.
Low points: Most of the songs are just not so memorable. Most of it is bland synth-pop.
High points: Baby Doll! Very catchy and a Swedish version was featured on the movie Tapeheads. Disco Dancer is a really energetic tune, especially the included 12" remix by Ivan Ivan. Some Things Never Change is a classic song of the Devo view on the fallability of the human race.
This isn't a terrible album, but it's certainly not Devo's best. If you are looking for the more techno oriented Devo, try Smooth Noodle Maps. I recommend Are We Not Men? We are Devo!, Freedom of Choice, and New Traditionalists as better albums to start with.
A note about the album art: They are posing naked on the back cover! I hear it's a parody of a Prince album. The front cover has a poorly pasted chin on David Kendrick's face. It's like sliding down his jaw! What happened was that Bob2's shirt was covering David's chin during the photo shoot. They didn't feel like posing for the same photo again, so they did a little last-minute "plastic surgery" on Kendrick.
Some things never change.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Freddy G. Sanford on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
this album (1988) was Devo's 7th studio album and first with the Enigma record label (their previous 6 (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo! - 1978; Duty Now for the Future - 1979; Freedom of Choice - 1980; New Traditionalists - 1981; Oh, No! It's Devo - 1982; and Shout - 1984) were with Warner Bros.). they would
later release their 8th and final studio album (Smooth Noodle Maps - 1990) once again under Enigma, who ultimately failed to promote Devo after the band were 'blacklisted' by executives at Warner Bros. some argue that Devo ultimately 'sold out' when the video for 'peek-a-boo!' aired for the first time on MTV back in late '82 or early '83. I, on the other hand, was immediately drawn to them because of that video. not only did they look different, they played music in a way like no other band. they were truly unique. naturally, the masses just didn't get it, and like other seminal bands (e.g. - The Ramones), Devo sequentially failed to succeed commercially. looking back these past years, this album is arguably Devo's last good album, as the new partnership with Enigma would sadly mark the beginning of the end for the spud boys. in some ways, 'Total' was one of Devo's greatest efforts, as the album was written and recorded over a span of 3 years. unlike previous recordings, this album shows a much darker side of Devo, with lyrics that are not only cynical, but filled with emotion as well. in some cases they are down-right depressing, as in 'I'd Cry if you Died' which brings back feelings (whether they be sadness, guilt, or anger) of being let go by someone you love, while other songs touch on the dichotomy in life (love/hate, joy/sadness, pleasure/pain, etc.).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "dsgreen@juno.com" on April 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This was the album that first started shaking my set-in-stone, leg-humping love for the Boys From Akron. Overall it's quite good; however, some of the songs on the album were borderline _preachy_...dig it! Instead of gnawing-at-your-throat lyrics that if you were so stupid that you didn't understand them you were probably the target of them, the listener is presented with songs that are _blatantly _preachy_, with all the _blatant_ social commentary of a Monkees' song. However, this is still a pretty good album, and well worth obtaining, especially for the loverly cover of "Don't Be Cruel"....
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alesia on August 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Buy this CD for the extended version of "Disco Dancer." Pop it into your car's CD and go driving somewhere at night. Anywhere, it doesn't matter. Just play it LOUD. Tracks 8-12--yeah, do those next. Think seriously about changing your license plate to read "AGIT8ED." There is something wearily triumphant about this CD--sort of like the feeling you get when some dolt slowly gets the joke you just told, and it's on him. :-)
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Format: Audio CD
It's back to my CD archives for another oldie but goodie. Back in the late 70s and early 80s I just loved Devo. It was music that sounded as if it was coming out of a computer and I really enjoyed listening to it. I even went to a Devo concert, although I was about 40 at the time. I had all of Devo's records and they were all LPs. Then Devo faded and, alas, my interest faded too. Well, then in 1988 Devo made something of an attempt to come back and released "Total Devo" on compact Disc. Of course, I had to have it. Also it was a full digital recording (DDD as those were known) so that meant the very best of sound. Well, Devo's sound of the old LPs was quite good.

This is quite a good recording and totally in line with the old Devo. The songs are great and the sound is crisp and clear. Well, I don't like this album as much as the earlier ones. Okay, that figures. I listened to so much Devo in the past that I was burned out. This album is good and I love to have it, but it's just not as strong as the earlier ones, at least in my mind. It's good to see that they still have some of their real quirky cover songs. "Don't be Cruel" is a blast! Good try guys. I loved you when you were back in your prime. I think one of the reasons I now like electronic music so much is due to my earlier Devo listening period. They were, indeed, pioneers and way ahead of their time.

Gary Peterson
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