Friday Song: Devo
The strangest pop band in US music history remains these avant-garde spudheads from Akron, Ohio. Formed in 1973, they created an entire cultural persona with their Church Of Bob New Traditionalism, the first real Nerd Chic. Their freaky baby-faced, jump-suited mascot, Boojie Boy, terrified me in the clips I’d see on the late lamented visionary Bay Area show, VIDEO-WEST. They ended up on both “Saturday Night Live” and its fascinating, often funny competitor, “Fridays,” which had a more punk Los Angeles esthetic. In the spirit of Labor Day, here’s Devo doing an old number in their new wave. That’s D-E-V-O.