Album Reviews of the 80s

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Devo, "Q: Are we not men? A: We are Devo!" / 1978 Review by: Chris Brooks
The first major label release for Devo, considered by many die-hard spuds to be their best album ever. On Are We Not Men, Devo was at its most new wave, lacking the synthesized sophistication of later albums but featuring more genuine weirdness and bizzare screeching guitar parts.

Best known songs on Are We Not Men include the incredible cover of Can't Get No Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones and the quintessential Devo anthem Jocko Homo, which along with Whip It is probably the best known Devo song of all time (featuring the repeated refrain "Are We Not Men? We Are Devo" which inspired the album title.)

This album is required listening for anyone who thinks they know the first thing about New Wave music. Devo was at least a decade ahead of its time in their combinations of synthethized sound with conventional instrumentation and their treatment of production-line consumer culture in the United States.

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