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Complete Truth About De-Evolution [DVD] [Import]
Punk/New Wave mad scientists Devo were among the few bands to understand the music video's potential as art form during its infancy in the eighties. Their brilliant and bizarre videos were compiled on VHS and then on laser disc; that long out-of-print disc, The Complete Truth About De-Evolution, has finally arrived on DVD, which should please longtime fans of this eclectic outfit. Rhino's DVD is essentially the same as the Pioneer disc, which featured 17 videos (including their radio hit, "Whip It") as well as the amusing and award-winning corporate film parody "The Truth About De-Evolution," and commentary by band members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh. Live clips from the VHS releases are also included; the video for "Are You Experienced" unfortunately was nixed by the Jimi Hendrix estate, but its replacement--a rarely seen video for "Mongoloid" by experimental filmmaker Bruce Connor--makes up for its exclusion. Fans may wish that Rhino had remastered the live clips, but the fact that these fascinating videos are available at all (and at a low retail price) should convince fence-sitters of its must-have status. --Paul Gaita
The Anthem, Secret Agent Man, Jocko Homo (original version), Satisfation, Come Back Jonee, The Day My Baby etc, Worried Man, Whip it, Girl U Want, Freedom Of Choice, Thru Being Cool, Love Without Anger, Beautiful World, Time Out For Fun, Peek a Boo, Thats Good, Theme From Dr Detroit, Disco Dancer, Post Post Modern Man, Post Post Modern Man (remix).
There are also a fair few additional features including feature commentary with Mark and Gerry, three early live songs (just weird), Gates Of Steel live 1980, original version of Mongoloid and more.
No house is a home without Devo. God bless you all and remember: Duty now for the future!
Poi Amazon è una sicurezza nella consegna.
The videos on this DVD have slight aspect ratio distortion and poorer image quality (faded color and less detail) than the prior one from 2003 on Rhino. Whoever was responsible for compiling the 2014 one used a sub-par source, like a videotape a few generations removed from what was used as a source for the first DVD (which seemed to be copied directly from the original 1993 Laserdisc according to Wikipedia). Each video has a new "title screen" though.
This one does however, include Dr. Detroit, unlike the earlier DVD. The 2003 version couldn't use R U Experienced due to legal issues with the Hendrix Estate and this one doesn't either but it does include an easter egg of sorts (directions on how to find a decent copy of R U Experienced online, at least at the time this was written).
This version also does not have "The Tour Film" that the first one had as an extra and moves "The Deal" and the Laserdisc bits to the extras instead of being interspersed between the videos.
Also, the audio for both versions of Post Post-Modern Man and Disco Dancer are in mono unlike the Rhino version, which is in stereo. Overall, the audio on this version is not as good as the audio on the Rhino version.
This one also does the photo galleries a bit differently (on the 2003 DVD they are: Photos/Albums, Singles & CDs/Posters/Devo-wear & T-Shirts/Buttons Pins & Badges/Miscellaneous De-Evolution). This one may be missing some, but to be honest, I didn't check very thoroughly on these.
It also has a few live bonus tracks that can be found on the Live 1980 and Land Of The Rising Sun DVDs as well as Mongoloid from Sundance 1996. Also included, a short 1:15 montage of excerpts from The Men Who Make The Music. By the way, you can get a DVD of the Sundance '96 show and The Men Who Make The Music on a DVD that comes with a picture disc LP called Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig. It was formerly available as a Record Store Day exclusive.
1. Devo Corporate Anthem
2. In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-evolution
4. Come Back Jonee
5. The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprise
6. Worried Man (1 of 3 excerpts from the `BIG ENTERTAINMENT' film)
7. Whip It
8. Girl U Want
9. Freedom of Choice
10. Through Being Cool
11. Love Without Anger
12. Beautiful World
13. Time Out for Fun
15. That's Good
16. Disco Dancer
17. Post Post-Modern Man
18. Post Post-Modern Man (Rocky Schenck remix)
Also there is intelligent and interesting optional commentary by Gerald V. Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh throughout all the videos.
There are many other interesting extras too.
*Interview with Chuck Statler (music video director & Devo collaborator)
*The Tour Film - a short film wherein General warns Booji Boy to stay clear of the powerfully dangerous metal press.
*Early Live Gigs - rare footage from three interesting Devo concerts
1) Kent State University 1972
2) The Crypt Lounge 1977 (`Too Much Paranoia', `Uncontrollable Urge' and `Clock Out')
3) DEVO performing incognito as DOVE (1980) wearing polyester suits and green visors, and playing `Worried Man'
*Photos - snapshots & road pics
*The Deal - 2nd of 3 excerpts from the `BIG ENTERTAINMENT' film wherein Daddy Knowitall sics Rod Rooter on the Boys to get them back into their yellow suits.
*Albums, Singles, CDs - album covers
*Posters - miscellaneous posters
*DEVO wear and T-shirts
*Buttons, Pins, Badges
*Miscellaneous de-evolution - stories and pictures
*Kindred Spirit - 3rd of 3 excerpts from the `BIG ENTERTAINMENT' film wherein Rod Rooter tries to interrupt Dr. Birthfood (played by Timothy Leary) as he monitors the boys' reprogramming session.
* production credits for the 4 Laserdisc promo spots interspersed between the 18 music videos
*Color Bars - hmmm, well that's all that it is?
*'Mongoloid' music video by Bruce Conner
Saw them live too, and Bob #1 even autographed my beat up Datsun down in New Orleans. I'll never forget that - he bought me and my girlfriend beers too. What a cool guy!
I don't know what the video problems others have had with their DVD's. Get a cheap player at WalMart next time. Mine works fine, and I didn't think that there was any DEVO footage that I hadn't seen yet, but I reckon that there is. Yeah, I woulda liked 'Are You Experienced' on this one, but legal is legal, and that's a drag. But still, it's worth getting, and although others may give this one a less than stellar rating, I liked it. There's something about the visual style elements there that are wonderfully distinctive, so vivid, entrancing, so disturbing, so DEVO. I wonder if Booji Boy ever grew up?
BE HAPPY OR NOT!
When I worked at a video store, we watched this back-to-back every evening before we closed, and loved it.
"The day my baby gave me a surprise" has some of the most hilarious visuals imaginable, in quick, awkward juxtaposition. "Beautiful World" is a great mash-up of stock imagery, created long before this sort of visual work was commonplace. .. and the Devo Corporate Anthem is splendidly surreal.
Also, seeing some of their early, early work, and notable lesser-known songs, gave me a much more evolved sense of their abilities, and then a better realized idea of their socio-political intent, and also could see the parody aspect of their work, which never came across merely hearing "Whip it" on night-club speakers. These guys were really influential music-video pioneers.
The only annoying thing about this compilation is the interspersed commercials for LaserDisc that Devo did at one point. They are really fakey and awkward (sell-outy), and would have worked much better as an bonus feature you could elect to view, rather than be forced to endure.
Still, an entirely worthwile buy. For any aspiring video-artists as well - this DVD nicely illustrates the low-budget potential of imaginative thought.
A must for fans.