Devo Take DC Back in Timeâ€¦Twice
It’s the rage these days for longstanding acts to get together to recreate their most famous albums live. The Pixies are already set to do precisely that at Constitution Hall, but post-punk icons Devo are also getting in on the act with two surprise set at the 9:30 Club this November.
Having influenced innumerable bands, from Nirvana and Sepultura to the Mummies and Yo La Tengo, Mark Mothersbaugh and company will present their two most highly regarded LPs — 1978’s Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and 1980’s Freedom of Choice — at the 9:30 on November 15th and 16th, respectively.
The band’s Brian Eno-produced debut album, Are We Not Men, is widely regarded as one of the defining records of the transition from punk to new wave and features such â€œhitsâ€ as â€œGut Feeling,â€ â€œUncontrollable Urge,â€ and our personal favorite, â€œMongoloid.â€
Freedom of Choice, on the other hand, was the band’s first entre to mainstream success with the video for the single â€œWhip Itâ€ instantly vaulting Devo and their trademark (literally) red headgear into the collective pop subconscious. (â€œGirl U Wantâ€ rocks pretty hard, too.)