KCRW Broadcast 256 - Devo Tribute

Fanatics! Our flags are at half mast as we salute the life of Devo member Bob Casale, otherwise known as Bob 2. He was a friendly and talented guy and part of a truly groundbreaking band. I posted this at the LA Weekly site:

Bob Casale of Devo passed away yesterday, 2-17-14 of heart failure at 61 years old. Devo fans all over the world are feeling this loss. Bob 2, as he was known, was a good guy and a fine musician. He was a founding member of one of America’s most original and innovative bands.

I have been an XL fan of Devo since I was in high school in the 1970’s. Their records only sound better with time. We were very lucky to have Bob Casale in our lives. Respect and condolences.

I bet many of you Fanatics are fans of Devo. Perhaps it’s not everyone’s thing but it sure is mine. It was one of the better music discoveries I made. I don’t know how I first encountered them. I do remember getting the first album and it there was no warming up to the band, I just liked them immediately. And still to this day, their records still work for me. Actually, they sound better than ever.

I thought that tonight, we would rock some Devo but to make things even more interesting, that we would play the music of other great Ohio bands from loosely the same time period. That was one happening scene.

If you ever get a chance, check out the Rocket From the Tombs material. You’ll hear early Pere Ubu and early Dead Boys material. We will get into a little of that tonight. Also, the music of Peter Laughner, Rocket and early Ubu member as well as solo artist. I put some of these tracks in tonight to hope spark your imagination. Some interesting Ohio records to check if you are liking what you’re hearing tonight:

Peter Laughner & Friends – Take the Guitar Player for a Ride

Rocket From the Tombs – The Day the Earth Met

Pere Ubu – Terminal Tower

Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance

Mirrors / Electric Eels / Styrenes – Those Were Different Times

Electric Eels – The Eyeball of Hell 

Note: There are a few different EE comps. This one is on vinyl and is to me the best sounding/best selection.

Mirrors – Hands In My Pockets

Pagans – Shit Street

Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us

Cramps – Psychedelic Jungle

Cramps – Gravest Hits

Devo – Hardcore Vols. 1&2 (the bootleg 3&4 are worthwhile too)

Devo – Are We Not Men

Devo – Duty Now for the Future

Devo – B Stiff EP


We are very lucky to have those Devo records. I know you have heard a lot of their music on our show. I hope you check them out on your own time as well. I will never stop listening to them.

Fanatic, did you dig last week’s show with John Dwyer? He was great, wasn’t he? Cool guy, great taste in music, GREAT NEW SOLO ALBUM!!!!


I thought it was a good night. As you might know, we don’t have many guests in the studio with us but he was good to go. I hope you checked last week’s updated notes to see all the tunes he brought in.

It’s a great show tonight, Fanatic. Tonight, we’re all DEVO!

Twist away the gates of steel and STAY FANATIC!!!  

–– Henry

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Hour 1
01. Devo - We’re All Devo / Pioneers Who Got Scalped
02. Devo - Jocko Homo (Booji Boy version) / Pioneers Who Got Scalped 
03. Devo - Social Fools / Be Stiff EP 
04. Devo - Bamboo Bimbo / Hardcore Devo Vol. 2
05. Peter Laughner - Life Stinks / Take The Guitar Player For A Ride
06. The Cramps – Garbageman / Songs the Lord Taught Us
07. Devo - Be Stiff (Stiff version) / Pioneers Who Got Scalped 
08. Devo - Mechanical Man / Hardcore Devo Volume 1 
09. Devo - Turn Around / Recombo DNA 
10. Electric Eels – Agitated / The Eyeball of Hell
11. The Mirrors - Living Without You / Those Were Different Times
12. Devo - Subhuman Woman / Devo Live: The Mongoloid Years
13. Devo - Too Much Paranoia (Original Version) / Hardcore Devo Vol 3
14. Devo - Growing Pains / Shout
15. Pere Ubu - Humor Me / The Modern Dance
16. Dave E. McManus - The Big “O” / Those Were Different Times

Hour 2
01. Devo - General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now / Pioneers Who Got Scalped 
02. Devo - Wiggly World / Duty Now for the Future
03. Devo – Explosions / Oh No! It’s Devo 
04, Devo - Nutty Buddy (NYC ’77) / Devo Hardcore Devo Vol 3 
05. The Pagans - Dead End America / Shit Street 
06. Devo - Gates Of Steel / Freedom of Choice
07. Devo – Snowball / Freedom of Choice
08. Devo - Red Eye / Duty Now For The Future
09. Devo - It Takes a Worried Man / Pioneers Who Got Scalped
10. Rocket From The Tombs - Sonic Reducer / The Day The Earth Met The
11. Devo - Cold War / Freedom of Choice
12. Devo - Beautiful World / New Traditionalists
13. Devo - Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA / Duty Now For The Future
14. Devo - Time Out for Fun / Oh No! It’s Devo