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Sorry about that. Work took me out of the loop for a good two weeks, but IÁ¢€â„¢m back now and rarinÁ¢€â„¢ to go with a bunch of posts. LetÁ¢€â„¢s get started.

IÁ¢€â„¢m not going to ramble on and on about the genius that is DEVO. LetÁ¢€â„¢s assume my readers are hip and musically sophisticated enough to know all the background Á¢€” bred in Akron, Ohio, conceptualized the concept of de-evolution (Á¢€Å“we must repeatÁ¢€), groundbreaking videos and albums, blah, blah. LetÁ¢€â„¢s concentrate on DevoÁ¢€â„¢s downward slope period.


After releasing what I feel is their second best LP, Á¢€Å“Oh No, ItÁ¢€â„¢s DevoÁ¢€, to a largely indifferent reception, Devo had reached the end of their initial contract with Warner Brothers Records. Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh were uncertain about DevoÁ¢€â„¢s future, so there was a lull period between 1982 and 1985 that saw only one new Devo release.

The theme for the horrific Dan Aykroyd vehicle Á¢€Å“Dr. DetroitÁ¢€.

LetÁ¢€â„¢s not dwell on the bad things Á¢€” the Á¢€Å“Theme From Dr. DetroitÁ¢€ was a great little middle-period Devo single, with a characteristic motivational lyric and hyper beat. It was also DevoÁ¢€â„¢s first chart hit in some time, bringing the band enough exposure to get them another one-album deal with Warner Brothers Á¢€” unfortunately, that resulted in 1985Á¢€â„¢s Á¢€Å“ShoutÁ¢€Á¢€¦but hey, weÁ¢€â„¢re staying positive here!

LetÁ¢€â„¢s give some half-hearted praise to the WB for leasing out all the Devo albums to CollectorÁ¢€â„¢s Choice, who has reissued them all this year. I say Á¢€Å“half-heartedÁ¢€ cuz theyÁ¢€â„¢re pretty skimpy on bonuses, unlike the vastly superior Infinite Zero reissues from the early Á¢€Ëœ90s. Would it have killed them to simply pick those up and put Á¢€Ëœem back out? Feh.

Major praise goes to Target Video, who just released Á¢€Å“Devo Live 1980Á¢€, a full-length Devo live show from, um, 1980, complete with all the filmed segments the band would show between costume changes.

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One thing you wonÁ¢€â„¢t find on any of those CDs is the original single version of the Á¢€Å“Theme From Dr. DetroitÁ¢€. Rhino did put an extended version on the Á¢€Å“Pioneers Who Got ScalpedÁ¢€ anthology, but six minutes of this tune is about three far too many. So here, direct from my little Backstreet Records 45, is the single mix. Enjoy.

Download the Á¢€Å“Theme From Dr. DetroitÁ¢€.

Á¢€Theme From Dr. DetroitÁ¢€ peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Oh yeah, Á¢€Å“Dr. DetroitÁ¢€ the movie makes its debut on DVD this week as well, but I ainÁ¢€â„¢t linking to it!

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John C. Hughes

John C. Hughes began his Lost in the ’80s blog in 2005 and is now proud to be a member of the Popdose family, where he’s introduced LIT80s’s companions, the obviously named Lost in the ’70s and Lost in the ’90s, alongside the slightly more originally named Why You Should Like…

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