See the psychotronic insanity of DEVO's first music video

Enjoy the psychotronic grandeur of the first DEVO short film, "In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution," from 1976. Directed by Chuck Statler, the video took the first prize at the 1977 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Two key bits of background, via Wikipedia:

• Devo has claimed, occasionally, that the film contains subliminal messages, which allowed it to win at Ann Arbor.

• The ping-pong paddles shown in the Secret Agent Man segment have images of Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong on them.

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Alan Myers, DEVO drummer, RIP

Alan Myers, longtime drummer for DEVO, died last week of stomach cancer. He was 58. Myers played on DEVO's seminal albums Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Duty Now for the Future, and Freedom of Choice, among others. "He was like a robot playing drums," DEVO's Jerry Casale told Rolling Stone. "A human metronome." Read the rest

Devo and Neil Young play "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)"

UPDATE: Sadly, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Shakey Pictures."

This is Devo and Neil Young performing Young's "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)." Seriously! It's from the 1982 comedy Human Highway, starring and co-directed by Bernard Shakey aka Neil Young. (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!) Read the rest