Video of Devo on SNL in 1978

Devosnl Here's a fantastic video of Devo covering the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on Saturday Night Live, October 14, 1978.
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  1. I remember seeing that performance live and having my tiny little mind blown wide open. Pop music that was actually interesting and fun!

    Plus I could never believe that Mick Jagger couldn’t get no satisfaction any time he wanted it. Mark Mothersbaugh, on the other hand, looked like he might have some trouble with it.

  2. They also appeared on Fridays with full New Traditionalists tour regalia (Greek portico, treadmills), only online source for that I can find is on YouTube and of godawful quality unfortunately, anybody know of a better copy?

  3. The thing that I liked most about Devo from that period was their “audio aninamatronics” inspired moves. Very disturbing. The Uncanny Valley in reverse…

  4. You know it’s going to be a good day when you roll out of bed, check BoingBoing, and see a link to a DEVO performance from almost 30 years ago. Thanks!

  5. Wow. Great time trip. I had just discovered DEVO a few months before this aired, and remember it well. Great, great stuff. Amazing how well a lot of their music still holds up.

  6. Much like Bob W., I saw this the first time it was on. I was 10 and it pretty much set the stage for my music tastes. Good thing Dad let us stay up!

    @DGBELLAK: Funnily enough, their other performance in this SNL episode was a showing of the Jocko Homo video/movie!

  7. Reason number 1,982 why I love DEVO: because even though most of the band’s members have had successful careers apart from the band (Mark Mothersbaugh has become a motherfacking millionaire as a film/tv composer), they still tour as DEVO and are producing new music. They came to my tiny, backwater burg last year and played to a tiny, backwater (but very enthusiastic) audience and actually seemed to enjoy it. I really admire and appreciate that.

  8. My mom used to sing devo’s “whip It” in front of my friends to embarrass me:) She still does but it’s not so embarrassing now that I recognize what geniuses they were.

  9. Yeah, I remember that performance so well. I set up my Super-8 (with sound) movie camera, aimed it right at the screen and “taped” it. The resulting film was truly strange, and I think Devo would have liked the odd strobo-scopic effect. Projecting it room-size and sending the audio through a decent home-stereo was a total-emersion experience (sorry about all the hyphens). Someday, I’ll digitize it. TVOD!

  10. Thanks for this! I totally remember seeing that broadcast – and went out and bought the Devo record the very next day. Been a fan ever since. Thanks for the refreshing trip down memory lane.

  11. I’m old enough to remember Devo on Saturday Night Live but I don’t think I ever saw this performance. I thought they were trying too hard to be weird when I was a kid, but I do appreciate them more now.

  12. I remember vividly seeing that performance when it aired (i was 14) and how my mind was instantly and irrevocably warped. Thank god for Devo.

    They played at the Puyallup Fair here in Washington on Friday night.

  13. That, for me, helped clinch that time as the glory days of SNL… count me as another who saw this live (at the ripe age of 13).

  14. went to see devo carling academy glasgow scotland with my bro best night and band ever bands are just begining to sound like them now spuds forever

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