I loved this band, very strange indeed. Two dudes with synths, sequencers, guitars, and occasionally a drummer. Gil Mantera played bass, synths, sang, and generally rocked one of the most awesome looks ever to hit the stage. His partner Ultimate Donny sang his heart out through some very strange lyrics and played an icy lead guitar while wearing a trench coat and not much else.
Their songs are strong and the mix was unlike anything else. It’s nearly every genre at once and it works. I heard they broke up a few years ago :-(.
Behold the awesome sauce that was Gil Mantera’s Party Dream (GMPD), and check out the rest of the record – it’s full of jams and left turns.
One of the finest DJ’s ever, a guy who opened his own club to DJ his mix of music, called the Warehouse, which in turn helped birth the genre “House”. Genre games are stupid – this is top end dance music full of funk and hard beats.
DEVO is one of the most important bands in history. They are not the easiest to listen to. They don’t have the largest catalog of hits. And they surely are odd to watch.
But Devo is short for de-evolution, and as an american art project it’s right on point. Starting in the early 70’s, Devo forced us into the modern world. Punks with sequencers when no one had an idea what a sequencer was. These guys were so early in the game they were practically building their own digital instruments, and then playing them in sync with guitars, drums, and keys. Very sick, very ballsy.
Their remakes of classic rock riffs put the post-modern touch to the heavy and serious tone coming out of the Vietnam era (finally), while at the same time celebrating them at the expense of current dance music trends. Their version of Satisfaction blew me away.
Devo the band was composed with a set of 2 brothers from Akron Ohio, an interesting lineup, and one that stayed intact the entire 40 years!
Early dance-rock from The Cult, complete with shady 90’s heroin video. Most Cult records get better with age and they are one of my fave underrated bands. This song had a hard backbeat and a nice riff. I think it was soundtrack work.
/Toot my own horn
You may know if you read this blog that I do spend plenty of time making music, sometimes with others, sometimes by myself.
Pomoc is of the solo variety and has 20 tracks worth of Ezrazical experiences. Stylistically it ranges from neo-classical piano to electro dub reggae. It’s all ezraz some jaimeson a tiny bit of jesus and def all fluxadel.
Check it out in CD format (complete with artwork) or MP3 download and fan-up Ezraz on the Reverbnation profile.