Michael/Devo-Obsesso

About Me

Hardcore DEVO fan since 1980. In 1988 I decided to follow my genetic imperative in archiving DEVO memorabilia. Formally met the band in the mid 1990's thanks to Lisa Casale, and began assisting with graphics, screen printing, and archiving over the next few years.

Officially started working for the band in 2002 as a paid employee of DEVO, Inc. Since then I've been assisting them on tour, managing their archives, helping with graphic design, providing tons of content for their online presence, and keeping in touch with their Devoted fanbase.

In 2010 we teamed up with the Mother Agency & Warner Bros Records to give you even more DEVO in the form of their "Something For Everybody" release...their first full length album in 20 years.

Now in these post-Warner Brothers days, DEVO needs your support more than ever. We hope you enjoy this new DEVO web site, launched in March 2012.


Be sure to check out the "Concert Photos" & "Concert Videos" categories in the 'Photos' & 'Video' pages at clubdevo.com. I will post photos & videos from the road while I'm with DEVO at any of their concerts, so check there for tour reports.

For a peek at my DEVO archives, go to www.Devo-Obsesso.com.

Duty Now, Spuds.

 

Website URL: www.devo-obsesso.com

 

DEVO 3-release blitz on Record Store Day 2014! You'll want to do your best to hunt these down on April 19th at your favorite local record store.

No1: DEVO Live at Max's Kansas City (by Jackpot Records)

No2: DEVO / Flaming Lips Split 7" Vinyl (by Warner Bros)

No3: Butch DEVO & The Sundance Gig Pic Disc Vinyl + The Men Who Make The Music DVD (By MVD)

Happy hunting, Spuds!

Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:33

DEVO Announces HARDCORE TOUR 2014!

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HARDCORE  DEVO LIVE!


A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Devo perform the legendary, experimental music the band created between 1974-1977 in Akron Ohio!

The tour is dedicated to the memory of Robert Casale, (A.K.A. Bob 2), one of the 5 original Devo band members who is now touring the universe. 

VIP ticket admission will let guests meet the band and exclusively view / purchase rare, limited edition photo prints by noted photographers shot during the band's pre-label days.

A portion of all proceeds from the tour will go to Bob Casale's family. This early Devo material was recently presented to the public with the “Hardcore DEVO” re-issues on vinyl & CD last year.

 

 

DON'T MISS THIS!!!

June 18- Baltimore, MD - Ramshead
June 19- NYC - Best Buy Theatre
June 21- Chicago, IL - Arcada Theatre
June 23- Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
June 25- Seattle, WA - Neptune
June 26- Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
June 28- Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
June 29- Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
June 30- Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
July 2- Austin, TX - ACL/Moody Theatre

Ticket links will soon be posted at: ClubDevo.com!


"Dearest Alex, Samantha and Lisa..

At some point many years ago, before I was in a band from Seattle, I worked for free during the days pushing cases and being a crew guy at a place called "the Bachanal" in San Diego.

Devo had never played that club and thankfully would never play that club again. I want to say the year was 1989. I was there for load in and sound check, and was WAY more enthusiastic than usual... This was DEVO… up close. Amazed to watch them work. Life changing.

Everyone was great. Show went good. They used some projection that I was able to assist with. It was legendary to see them in a place so small. By the end of the night it was a full on Devo show, one that everyone in SD would talk about for some time. Seemed the whole music community was there.

There was no way to not see them as heroes. It was great being in their midst, and one gentleman in particular was extremely kind to me. Here I was, some punk kid working crew who looked up to and said hello to 'Bob 2' from Devo. And he was so cool and friendly, and kept referring to me all through the night. He asked if I could look out for a couple of his VIP type friends/family, and they were wonderful as well.

It ended up being a night that was memorable for many great reasons, but the top of the list was his being so respectful to a stranger. And quite seriously, nowadays, when I end up being nice to someone I don't know, it has everything to do with that man Bob I met, all those years ago.

We all send our love to you.
Again, strangers, but connected...
We will be thinking of you and him, deeply and truly."

- Ed/Pearl Jam

Photo by Gareth Cattermole

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.  -- Gerald Casale, Devo founder.

A message from Lisa Casale (Bob's wife):

Thanks to all of you who have been there for Alex, Sam, and I during this difficult time.

Bob's sudden passing was a shock to us all, but your love, prayers,and generous donations have helped us push forward. Although the last few weeks have been very difficult for us, our spirits were lifted when we saw so many wonderful online posts and emails from fans who have interacted with Bob in some way over the years, and who all remembered the same qualities about him: Warm & Friendly. Just wanted to finally reach out to you all. Thank you, Thank you! -- Love, Lisa, Alex, and Samantha / The Casale Family

To donate to The Casale Family in their time of need please visit:
http://www.gofundme.com/bob-casale-donations

 

  Photo of Bob2 circa 1980 by Jules Bates/Artrouble

 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 16:32

RECORD STORE DAY 2014 = DEVO

JACKPOT RECORDS PRESENTS –  DEVO: LIVE AT MAX’S KANSAS CITY 11/15/77 LP - RSD APRIL 19TH 2014

11/15/77: Max’s Kansas City – David Bowie is backstage with the 5 self proclaimed ‘spudboys’ from Akron waiting for his cue to introduce the band who, in his words were, “The band of the future!”. As time went on it became clear that the future is still waiting to catch up with DEVO.

Working closely with the band and those who were there that night, Jackpot Records brings you this audio time capsule that catapulted DEVO from strange, musical hillbillies toinnovative pioneers overnight.

Now the truth can be told! Available for the first time on vinyl the entire performance, complete with rare, unearthed audio of David Bowie.

With liner notes written by DEVO Co-founder Gerald V. Casale specifically for this release (which also includes a reproduced early DEVO press bio sheet from 1976), this record will be the perfect compliment for hardcore DEVO collectors, music fans and those who are new to the game.

Limited to 2000 copies worldwide!

Available only at record stores on 4/19/14!

Info at JackPotRecords.com

This DEVO DVD contains DEVO's classic music videos, rare performance footage and tons of extras!

Now, the complete truth can be told. DEVO, the seminal new wave audio-visual concept band, made a career out of setting to music video their dada-gone-camp theory of De-Evolution and its rebuke of corporate culture. Includes 20 music videos, rare performance footage, tons of extras and more!

Featured Songs:
- Devo Corporate Anthem
- Secret Agent Man
- Jocko Homo
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- Come Back Jonee
- The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprise
- Worried Man
- Whip It
- Girl U Want
- Freedom Of Choice
- Through Being Cool
- Love Without Anger
- Beautiful World
- Time Out For Fun
- Peek-A-Boo
- That’s Good
- Theme From Dr Detroit
- Disco Dancer
- Post-Post Modern Man
- Post-Post Modern Man (Rock Schenck Remix)

INCLUDES:
LIVE FOOTAGE FROM THROUGHOUT DEVO’S CAREER:
- Early Live Gigs
- Gates of Steel (Live 1980 DVD)
- Uncontrollable Urge (Live in the Land of the Rising Sun DVD)
- Mongoloid (Sundance 1996)

Bonus Materials:
- Devo Photos & Releases AND MORE
- Commentary with Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale
- Interview with Director Chuck Statler
- Mongoloid, a film by Bruce Conner + even more!

PRE-ORDER at the See Of Sound Site
Ships starting Feb. 11th! 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 14:11

DEVO on TILT TV Show - Italy 1979

DEVO on TILT TV Show - Italy 1979

Monday, 23 December 2013 14:08

Booji Boy is ready for the holidays

Booji Boy is ready for the holidays.

Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:10

DEVO's TURKEY MONKEY!

Turkey Monkey! An early DEVO visual. Created by combining a photo of a space traveling monkey with imagery from packaging of turkey-lacing pins.

DEVO allowed Natalia Brożyńska, a young film student in Poland, to use the demo version of "Blockhead" in a short movie she created called "Searching For DEVO" as part of her film school studies. She hand-crafted all the puppets & set design herself. Gerald Casale of DEVO said this after view Natalia's movie: "This sincere, labor-intensive, retro stop-action animation piece from a young girl in Poland is the latest proof that music is indeed the universal language. I felt like Devo were anthropomorphized bacteria performing sonic surgery in a Blockhead's colon." We are told that the film will be making an appearance at a film fest or two in Europe. Good luck, Natalia...and GREAT JOB on the movie! Direct Link:
Monday, 22 July 2013 11:33

Testing - New Forum In The Works!

We are working on replacing this non-intuitive/non-functioning forum soon, spuds! We hate this one as much as you do!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:34

DEVO Mourns Passing of Alan Myers

DEVO mourns the passing of our friend Alan Myers, DEVO’s most well-known drummer who died June 24, 2013 after his battle with cancer.




Photo by Anastasia Pantsios 1978

Mark Mothersbaugh often illustrated on the covers of DEVO reel-to-reel master tapes while at the studio with the band. Here are nine examples from various years. A few that are noted on the tape boxes: 1979, 1982, 1986.

Saturday, 22 June 2013 02:51

6/9/13: Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA at NHM

View from the stage as DEVO performs "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" at The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA - 6/9/13. Video by Devo-Obsesso. Thanks to DEVO's FOH Engineer Paul Hager for soundboard audio.

Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:26

6/9/13: Jerkin' Back n' Forth at NHM

DEVO performs "Jerkin' Back n' Forth" for the first time in many, many years at The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA - 6/9/13. Video by Michael Pilmer/Devo-Obsesso. Thanks to DEVO's FOH engineer Paul Hager for the soundboard audio!

Although Jerry Casale says DEVO hadn't performed this song in 30 years at the end of this video, it's probably been closer to 20 years. Still...a long time!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:18

DEVO: Something ELSE For Everybody


Here they are...the demos from DEVO's Something For Everybody album...being released digitally in conjuction with digital versions of DEVO Hardcore and DEVO Live 1981 Seattle.

Something ELSE for Everybody is a compilation of early DEVO demos and focus group rejects written between 2006 and 2009. They were relegated to bin 86 for various inexplicable reasons. You sniffed the Wheat in 2010 now lick the chaff aged to perfection.

Track List:

1. Monsterman
2. On the Inside
3. Should-a Said Yes
4. Think Fast
5. Raise Your Hands
6. Message of Hope
7. Big Dog
8. Can U Juggle?
9. Throw Money at the Problem
10. I Luv Ur Gun
11. Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man) [Polysics Remix]

Download this DIGITAL ONLY album NOW at
http://devohardcore.com

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:21

6/9/13: LA Weekly Show Listing

LA Weekly listing for the Natural History Museum show.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:20

DEVObots App for iPhone

DEVOtee makes DEVObots App for iPhones!

Booji Boy says, "They got these things called Apps now. Magic phone toys! Fun! DEVO's got an App for iPhone now, created by a DEVOtee pal of ours, and I've been makin' sounds and building DEVObots with it since General Boy left his iPhone unattended. Check it out, Spuds!"


The App's creator says, "The App is an audio loop generator featuring unreleased DEVO loops from the 1980s that you can mix together and make your own music or sounds. It is also an Art creation Kit where you can decorate your own photos and make new characters from DEVObots assets or stickers in the App." 

Click Here to see a DEVObot image created on iPhone by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO.

AVAILABLE NOW AT iTUNES!


Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:28

New BOB1 DEVO T-Shirt!



New DEVO T-Shirt featuring huge photo of Robert "Bob1" Mothersbaugh in concert circa 1970s. Logo & signature on back. CLICK HERE to order yours at ClubDevo.com!

Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:20

DEVO 2013 Tour Tees Available Now!



DEVO's 2013 Tour T-Shirt features silhouette of band on front with "D-E-V-O" in Energy Domes on back. Sold at DEVO's 2013 concerts, and now available at ClubDevo.com. Available in both Men's & Women's styles!

CLICK HERE for MENS
CLICK HERE for WOMENS

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