Album Review
Devo   – EZ Listening Muzak     (Futurismo Inc)

LP / CD – Limited Boxed Sets

Out now

For Mega-Fans Only says Ged Babey as he gives up on reviewing Devo’s ‘Easy Listening’ album; previously collectors item cassette objects of desire for Devo-tees.

This really is a great big stinking pile of American Cheese.

It sucks more eggs than Cool Hand Luke could ever manage

It is 21 rinky-dink instro – Lounge versions of Devo songs – with all of the life sucked out of them.  They sound like cheap Casiotone jingles.

It may be a huge laugh in a post-irony, faux-vintage, lava-lamp kinda way but perhaps its just a great big waste of time, money and vinyl … and my time.

Sorry Futurismo Inc, but hopefully there are plenty of Devo obsessives with money to burn who will buy it once convinced by this slick piece of promotion material.    Back after these messages.

(Press Release)

Do you know your fondues from your fon-dont’s? Fear not spuds, DEVO and FUTURISMO bring you the perfect soundtrack to your space-age bachelor or bachelorette pad with 21 tracks of pure unhinged sophistication – DEVO’s EZ Listening Muzak.

Whether you’re entertaining guests with a bout of cheese and wine by the fire or throwing the cocktail party of the century, these mutated muzak lounge versions of DEVO classics such as ‘Whip It’, ‘Jocko Homo’ and ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ will be the perfect hors d’oeuvres for an evening of de-evolved fun.

Originally created as pre-concert mood setters, popularity and sound board thievery led to EZ Listening Muzak being sold back in the early 80’s as two fan club only cassettes. For the first time since, these revered recordings are are officially released as Double Vinyl and Double CD Box Sets. But wait…also included alongside these cherished instrumentals of yesteryear is a Brand New EZ version of ‘Human Rocket’ – recorded exclusively for this release!

But thats not all guys and gals…oh no, also included inside this majestic Limited Edition Box Set is an exclusive DEVO Swizzle Stick – the Cocktail Stirrer of champions, an Election Pin Button, a large Double Sided Poster, Cocktail Recipes and Liner Notes by debonair man of the hour Gerald V.Casale.

Super-fans take note, a handful of these Box Sets will be available with an ultra-limited DEVO Smoking Gown – the perfect silky wardrobe accompaniment for any cigar aficionado or seasoned entertainer of the sexual variety.

Coming 4th March 2016 for a Worldwide release, FUTURISMO present this dashing Gold Foiled Box containing either 2 x 140g Limited Coloured Vinyl – in your choice of Antique Walnut or Lava Lamp, or 2 x Compact Discs, both sure to instil your musical vocabulary with a mutated etiquette that can only be learnt from the gentlemen of DEVO. Isn’t it time you took it EZ?


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Words at the top by Ged Babey whose author profile is here

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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