DEVO to release ‘The Men Who Make The Music / Butch Devo & The Sundance Gig’ DVD

Devo have just concluded their brief ‘Hardcore Tour during which the band played rough, experimental tunes, material they had created prior signing to Warner Bros Records.

Timely then that MVD Entertainment have confirmed the release of the archival ‘The Men Who Make the Music’, a DVD that compiles late-Seventies concert footage, a few music videos and what’s billed as “a vague story about Devo’s rocky relationship with ‘Big Entertainment.'”

As for the bonus program, ‘Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig’, Jerry Casale says, “In January of ’96, we closed Sundance Film Festival. We wore 20s style prison suits and dished out classic DEVO songs to an unsuspecting audience of Hollywood elite.”

This is a welcome release; The original VHS release is a particularly rare item, and when offered on auction sites regularly attracts bids for 100’s of pounds as it contains some of the earliest professionally shot footage of DEVO.

DEVO The Men Who Make The Music / Butch Devo & The Sundance Gig – available on DVD and Digital Formats on 12th August 2014 – Pre-Order now.

Tracklisting:

•Jocko Homo (Music video, taken from “The Truth About De-evolution”)
•General Boy 1
•Wiggly World (Live)
•General Boy 2
•The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise (Music video)
•Roll Out The Barrel (AKA “Rod Rooter’s Big Reamer”)
•Praying Hands (live)
•General Boy 3
•Uncontrollable Urge (Live)
•(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Music video)
•General Boy 4
•Jocko Homo (Live, partial performance)
•Secret Agent Man (Music video, take from “The Truth About De-evolution”)
•Smart Patrol / Mr. DNA (Live)
•Come Back Jonee (Music Video)
•General Boy 5
•Red Eye (Live)
•Devo Corporate Anthem

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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