- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (16,21,57)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 2
American musician, a songwriter, keyboardist and bassist with "Devo," a rock ‘n’ roll group. They formed in 1972 in Akron, Ohio by Kent State art students Jerry Casale (bass) and Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals), along with Bob Casale (guitar), Bob Mothersbaugh (lead guitar), and Alan Myers (drums). Casale has also composed music scores.
Devo took its name from the concept of "de-evolution," the idea that instead of evolving, mankind has actually regressed, as evidenced by the problems and herd mentality of American society. The group was among the first rock bands to make the synthesizer a core element, and often atonal melodies and chord progressions, all filtered through the perspectives of social misfits, outcasts, and flat-out weirdoes. Their single, "Whip It," remains memorable. However, following their first three albums, the group began to run out of ideas, and after a series of repetitive work, they disbanded in the early ‘90s.
They reunited for several dates at 1996's Lollapalooza tour.
At one time, Devo had a rep of mixing it up in fistfights with fans at rowdy performances.