With freedom of choice, Devo completed their transition into a full-fledged synth-pop group, producing a musically cohesive album spawning hits like the breakthrough hit “Whip It,” “Girl U Want,” and “Gates of Steel.” Synthesizers were fully integrated into the band’s sound, frequently dominating the arrangements sharing equal time with the guitars. Everything is played with a cool, polished precision that mirrors the stylized uniformity of the band’s visuals; the dissonance is more subdued than in the past, and the rhythms lock the band into a rigidly even keel.
Long out of print and never reissued, this year FUTURISMO invite you to snake through the chaos with a Deluxe limited edition of DEVO’s 1990 album – Smooth Noodle Maps!
An underrated gem, Smooth Noodle Maps might oddly be the most anticipated of all DEVO’s reissues. It’s title being a direct reference to the brain was perhaps an irony to fans left underwhelmed at the time, yet over the years this album has become warmly regarded a hardcore fan favourite, especially among those who were there to witness this record mirror an end to the excessive Eighties. Whether you’re a true believer or have just come to your senses, Smooth Noodle Maps will show you the way.
Inspired by the concept of chaos theory, a theme inherent in de-evolution itself, Smooth Noodle Maps paralleled the bands own dissolution of order, yet the albums tight conceptual elements (the artwork featured animations of chaos motion developed by an actual laboratory) and arthouse pop make this a record hard not to love. Though it may have foreshadowed a hiatus for DEVO, Smooth Noodle Maps is a joyous enigma, a record demonstrating a stronghold of captivating tunes such as ‘Stuck In A Loop’ and “A Change Is Gonna Cum’, undoubtably hits in another time and space, whilst simultaneously playing off the arch humour and observation found on ’Jimmy’ and ‘Post Post-Modern Man’, all dusted with the intelligent foresight always expected of the band.
This year, FUTURISMO give every truly discerning DEVO fan the out of print release they’ve been been craving, the follow up to last years Total Devo Deluxe – a limited pressing of Smooth Noodle Maps Deluxe Deluxe. Each gatefold lp set includes 2×180g limited edition coloured vinyl in the choice of ‘Brain Drain’, ‘Postmodern Chaos’ or ‘Donut Glaze’ as well as a 2xCD gatefold digipak version. Included alongside the original album are remixes, demos and unheard tracks unearthed from the archives. The records come in a die-cut gatefold sleeve that enables an interchangeable cover, it contains a huge double sided poster with unseen pictures and new liner notes by Gerald V. Casale, plus a sheet of cut-out finger spinners.
DEVO’s Smooth Noodle Maps Deluxe is an essential addition to the collection of any spud stuck in a loop! This March it’s time to get smooth…only while stocks last!
Devo really needs no introduction. They are one of the most iconic bands in rock history and have been releasing recordings for over 40 years. The band name comes from the concept of de-evolution: the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality in American society.
Originally from Akron, Ohio and formed in 1973, the classic line-up consisted of two sets of brothers—the Mothersbaugh (Mark on vocals, keyboards and guitar and Bob on guitar and vocals) and the Casales (Gerald on bass, vocals and bass synth and Bob on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals) along with drummer Alan Myers.
The band achieved a #14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the memorable and catchy “Whip It” which was featured heavily in the early days of MTV and pushed the band into mainstream popularity. Devo became known for their music and elaborate stage performances combining kitsch science fiction themes, surrealist humor and satirical social commentary. Their off-kilter pop songs include unusual time signatures and synths that have proven very influential on subsequent new wave, industrial and alternative rock acts. It was recommendations from David Bowie and Iggy Pop that helped Devo land their recording contract with Warner Bros. in 1978.
ROG presents a brand new vinyl collection of rare B-Side tracks, many of which are making their debut on wax.
Long out of print and never reissued, this summer FUTURISMO proudly present a super limited Deluxe edition of DEVO’s 1988 album – Total Devo, in time for it’s 30th Anniversary! Over the years this totally underrated lp has become a true fan favourite, aswell as a prediction of these unsettling times we live in. So it seems only fitting it’s right now that Total Devo gets it’s first time reissue for all to hear.
Back in 1988, when the airwaves were being homogenized by vapid pop, DEVO set about creating their first album in four years. The result was this slice of overt irony, a dance orientated, back to basics, emotionally arch selection – including now classics ‘Baby Doll’ and ‘Disco Dancer’ – that twisted pop on it’s head by imitating in part the very music it mocked. Despite it’s industrial edge and unusual trademark quirk, the joke was so honest at the time that it was inevitably lost, but in the years since heinsight has this serving as a true testament to another of DEVO‘s misunderstood works of art.
This summer, FUTURISMO give every truly discerning DEVO fan the out of print release they’ve been been craving, a very limited edition pressing of Total Devo Deluxe. Each gatefold lp set includes 2×180g limited edition coloured vinyl in the choice of ‘Defcon Disco’, ‘Totally Agitated’ or ‘Happy Sad’ also available is a 2xCD gatefold digipak version. Included alongside the original album are remixes, demos and unheard tracks unearthed from the archives. The records come in a spot laminated gatefold sleeve that shows illustrations and logos when viewed in a certain light, it contains a huge double sided poster with unseen pictures and brand new liner notes by Gerald V. Casale of DEVO. The LP version also contains two collectable photographic postcards!
DEVO’s Total Devo Deluxe is an essential addition to the collection of any agitated spud, on it’s 30th Anniversary it’s time to witness total de-evolution in action! You knew the time would come, and now it’s here, so get totalled – only while stocks last.