Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Are We Not Kids?

The first of the year is always a good time for further signs of impending apocalypse.

Classic new wave-era art provocateurs Devo have licensed their songs and image to Disney, so that the group may be reborn as Dev2.0 [Devo 2.0] The new group will consist of 10 to 12 year olds, both boys and girls. Some of the songs will be lyrically toned down to suit a kiddie demographic. The original band members have recorded new versions of the tracks to accompany the kids’ vocals.

Articles here and here. Video for “Whip It" here.

Even more so than Andy Warhol’s silkscreen celeb paintings, this is a mind-blowing instance of social critique disturbingly insinuating itself into the thing it is critiquing. A more chilling proof of the group’s theory of devolution cannot be envisioned.

(Via Robin. Thanks.)


At January 04, 2006 11:26 AM, Anonymous Dr John K said...

My favorite Devo story (other than their origins as a band from loverly Akron, Ohio) is from an early gig where they determined that they hated the audience. So, they played the "Are we not men?" part from "Jocko Homo" for, like, 20 minutes straight.


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