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Oh, No! It's Devo

Devo Audio CD
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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 (22 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B0009HLD2S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time out for Fun
2. Peek-a-boo!
3. Out of Sync
4. Explosions
5. That's Good
6. Patterns
7. Big Mess
8. Speed Racer
9. What I Must Do
10. I Desire
11. Deep Sleep

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A monumental good thing 27 April 2012
By Tim
Format:Audio CD
First off I should state that this is my favourite DEVO album. From the first pulses of Time Out For Fun to the final note of the super closer Deep Sleep, this is all killer, no filler. The transistion to fully-fledged synthpop was complete with the herky jerky guitar sound of Q: Are We Not Men?... long-gone, which may put some fans off. As revealed in recent interviews, DEVO created this work as a reaction to two different Rolling Stone magazine articles, one describing the group as "fascist" and the other - "clowns". With it's juxtaposition of wacky humour and creepiness, this 'fascist clowns' aesthetic is clear throughout, from the manic laughs of Peek-A-Boo to the controversial use of lyrics by aspirant presidental assasin John Hinckley Jr. in I Desire. This is DEVO at their '80s best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Quality 4 SPUD lovers 2 Jan 2012
By Strawb
Format:Audio CD
Love DEVO? Love 80's Future Electro Pop? Love Great Songs?
Buy this CD!

I hadn't played my vinyl version for Years and awaited it's CD arrival with Utter Glee and High Expectations!
It didn't disappoint.
I waited for a weak track to come and there were None.
An album full of Great Devo Songs, some of which would be great covered!

Sounds great too up against the rather Excellent New DEVO album, which i trust you all now own!? (but please, not on MP3, get the Real Product!)

The production on "Oh, No It's..." still sounds rounded and Full. Great Synths. Squelchy!
One intro even gave me a flashback to an underground RAVE from back in '89.
Which is cool considering this album came out in '82.
And there's a moment of Men Without Hats in there, which is also cool coz they were a great band too!
Some fave songs: the slinky "I Desire". The brilliant "Speed Racer". and of course "Time Out For Fun".
They should manga animate the whole album and re-release it!

A Fun Joyous Spud-tastic Essential album to add to your DEVO collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i thought peopole loved this album??!! i did.. 17 July 2005
By j furry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
ok so i listened to devo while i skateboarded down the street in 8th grade pissing out the left leg of my OP shorts on a CASTER skateboard in VANS hightops. so yeah, im old in pre 20th century terms; BUT; i listened to all the first three albums with clean, un-jaded ears (between kiss & punk rock) & later (after picking up tapes from thrift stores) was under the impression that "oh no it's devo" was the album that followed "freedom of choice". because i thought it was the most complete and thorough sounding. as opposed to "new traditionalists" which to my (young?) mind seemed lack luster and mellow..(though i love it now). i guess all im trying to say (tho maybe very poorly) is that in my mind, rock lover and all, is that "oh no its devo" is one of the best records devo ever made! ( and i love the first 2 and experimental music in general!!) it is so solid. each song, is the next best song you want hear. please if you love the idea of devo, listen to this one, because it is a culmination of all that they aspired to be [ version 5.0 ;) ]. five good albums in a row aint bad. what other bands have achieved that??!! after this one, your on your own tho..

ps.people are saying this suffers from "gimmicks"? what??? this is solid song writing!! and anyway what great pop song doesn't technically contain a "gimmick"? have fun..
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten and ignored classic 3 Jan 2006
By Kid A - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Devo was my first concert, just a couple of months after the release of this album. I saw them in December, 1982. It seemed like a great show at the time, but of course I had nothing to compare it to. Regardless, I went on to enjoy this album more and more until I completely forgot about Devo a few years later.

Fast forward to a few years ago. I bought the import CD that has this album and Freedom of Choice on it. I figured it was a great attempt to recapture something I had forgotten. Unfortunately, I think the sound on this CD is sub-par, and when I recently listened to it again, I decided I had no choice but to go out and find it in its original form... vinyl. Much better. (Don't waste your money on that import like I did!)

Now, I've heard all Devo up to this point. Beyond this, I've heard nothing of theirs. As everybody knows, Mark Mothersbaugh has gone on to write music primarily for kids shows (Rugrats, etc.) If you've ever heard these tunes, you can definitely hear the same sort of slight weirdness that Devo was so well known for.

I like older Devo as much as the next guy. Yes, it was edgy and different at first. Sure, Devo began catering to a more pop-oriented audience with this album, but don't let that fool you. These guys were master song writers by this time. The key to enjoying Devo is to not read too much into what they're saying and just take it for the entertainment value it provides. Don't be mistaken. "Oh, No! It's Devo" fulfills that promise of entertainment. Try not to listen to this album and tap your feet the entire way through. It's hard, and That's Good.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before the Dawn of the De-Evolution 9 Sep 2007
By Interplanetary Funksmanship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Oh, No! It's Devo!" for me represented the apotheosis of the Spudboys from Akron, O-hi-o. I know that for most people. this was the beginning of the end, but for me the proof is in the grooves: I played this one so much (LP vinyl) I had to buy a replacement. Within a year the grooves were turning white from dust and the cheapo "Soundesign" needle on my turntable. And, don't forget, the album cover had a cameo appearance on "Diff'rent Strokes," in the ownership of Willis Drummond, as played by the venerable Todd Bridges.

The reason this album works, is because it works as an album. Devo was best when they put their tunes in the hands of accomplished producers, as with their debut (Brian Eno) and "Freedom of Choice" (Robert Margouleff).

This one was put to the mix by Roy Thomas Baker, who produced so many great albums for The Cars, as well as AC/DC's "Back in Black." While "Oh No" bears zero resemblance to the latter, it is produced much like The Cars' second album, "Candy-O": All the songs, in a constant 4/4 tempo, fit with the previous and the subsequent like a dovetail joint. Let your ears and your mind follow the beat as "Out of Sync," "Explosions," "That's Good," "Patterns," and "Big Mess" weave and flow seamlessly into one another.

It wouldn't mean a thang if these were lackluster tunes, but every single one is SOLID.

While contemplating the lyrics of "What I Must Do," I thought that the line -- as sung by Mark -- "To Bring You Happiness / Could Become a Lifetime Goal / A Smile I Might Bring You / Is More Important Than World Peace," is simple and beautifully expressed. Only years later did I find out that Devo lifted many lines (including that one) from love letters crazed (attempted) assassin John Hinckley sent to actress Jody Foster.

By themselves, the words aren't earth shatteringly profound. But when sung with conviction in Mothersbaugh's warbling tones and when backed up by Devo's instrumentals, they rise to the level of profundity.

Frightening, but the very essence of "Devolution" just the same.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars time out for a deceptively serious album 17 May 2010
By Alabaster Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Devo has always been good at tackling serious (or semi-serious) subject matter under the veil of silliness, but I think this is their best attempt at such. While New Traditionalists is normally mentioned as Devo's "dark" album, I think this one tops it in that area. Themes of impending mental collapse, paranoia, social decay, and various forms of mental illness are explored liberally throughout the album.. same as any other Devo release on the surface, but the music is so danceable and deceptively innocent that it may take several listens to pick up on the various layers of meaning in these ostensible pop songs. The most blatant examples of this are "Big Mess" and "I Desire" the lyrics of which were culled from crazy letters written to the band by an obsessed fan, and the journal of would-be Reagan assassin John Hinkley, respectively.

In any case, this is probably not the "best" Devo album, strictly speaking, but it is the one that gets the most play at my house. In spite of, or probably because of, its brilliantly disguised lyrical content, it's still the most fun of all of the band's albums for me.

This is an easy 5 stars, as is every Devo album that came before it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite DEVO releases 12 Mar 2009
By Said Head - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Even though this album continues the mostly guitarless electronic new wave that started with Freedom Of Choice and went full circuit with New Traditionalists, but unlike NT this album is extremely varied in sound and atmosphere. In my review of NT I called a number of its tracks 'filler', but this album is all very strong, lyrically and musically.

The music is often pretty quirky (Speed Racer, Time Out For Fun, That's Good) while others are much more serious (Explosions, Patterns); overall the album is less a recap of everything they've done before but more an electronic progression of such things. This album also has some of the catchiness tunes they've ever made, at least in my opinion; with NT I feel a lot of tracks really fall short of melody and any strong musical structure, but every track in Oh No! is cleverly written, with intelligent usage of percussion and keyboards/synths and samples, and some of the most memorable vocals in the DEVO catalogue (Peek A Boo, Speed Racer, Time Out For Fun, which has an interesting intro to the song/album).

Lyrically, as I said, it goes from quirky to serious, in between those extremes and simultaneously. From the first track you can tell DEVO was more interested in doing something fun, but this lighter side of DEVO still retains the satirical DEVO mentality. The whole thing is sort of 'We still aren't happy with the world, but we can make fun of it and no one's the wiser'.

This is probably the one DEVO album that I have no problems listening all the way through in one sitting, without skipping a track.
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