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Devo: The Men Who Make The Music/Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig DVD Review

DEVO- The Men Who Make The Music DVD

Devo fans will get satisfaction from this DVD release.

After being out of print on VHS for many years, “Devo: The Men Who Make The Music” makes its way to DVD with the newly added Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig (which I’ll get to next) and a few extras (which you can read about below). For the fans who have never seen ‘Men,’ the 48 minute special of sorts contains music videos for “Jocko Homo,” “The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 5 General Boy segments, live performances of “Wiggly World,” Playing Hands,” “Uncontrollable Urge,” “Jocko Homo,” “Secret Agent Man,” “Smart Patrol,” “Mr. DNA,” “Come Back Jonee,” and “Red Eye.” There’s also a short film about Devo’s relationship with the Big Entertainment music corporation and the Devo Corporate Anthem.

The other main feature on this DVD release is a 14 song 1996 concert dubbed “Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig.” In this Sundance Film Festival show, the band plays “Too Much Paranoias,” “Praying Hands,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Uncontrollable Urge,” “Mongoloid,” “Jocko Homo,” “Going Under,” “Blockhead,” “That’s Good,” “Jerkin’ Back ‘n Forth,” “Girl U Want,” “Whip it,” “Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA,” and “Beautiful World.”

While the quirky, weird band Devo will always be known for their smash hit “Whip It,” the one of a kind cult rock band has so much more to offer than just that legendary song. Yes, the band might be gimmicky and inaccessible to some, but for those willing to look past the creepy Booji Boy and their bizarre costumes, you’ll find a band that truly excels as performance artists. Whether they’re belting out irresistibly catchy tunes like “Uncontrollable Urge” or “Jerkin’ Back ‘n Forth,” their music videos and their lively and unpredictable live performances are nothing short of a jolt of energetic fun.

In this DVD release, you get a peek at two eras of Devo from their early days in the music biz to the late 90’s. In “The Men Who Make The Music” (which is my favorite portion of this disc), you get a mishmash of material that includes a short film, music videos, sketches, and live song performances. It’s an incredibly balanced and fast paced program that serves as a good introduction to the band. “Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig” is a straight up live show that features many of their classic tunes (including “Whip It”). While the show is uneven and sometimes baffling in parts (I just don’t get the Booji Boy thing!), it’s a solid show overall that showcases some memorable live performances the amusing “Jerkin’ Back ‘n Forth” and unique cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (all done in prison outfits no less).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Fullscreen. How does it look? It basically resembles VHS quality, but I think fans will be happy to just have this on DVD at long last.

Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? Again, the audio may not be top notch here, but the songs are at least never hard to hear. It’s a fair track.

Extras:
* 37 minutes of rehearsal footage for the Sundance gig.
* Bonus live performances of “Gates of Steel” and “Uncontrollable Urge” from two separate live releases.

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September 1, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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