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Oh, No! It’s Devo/Freedom of Choice – Devo

Oh, No! It's Devo/Freedom of Choice - Devo Artist: Devo
Album: Oh, No! It’s Devo/Freedom of Choice
Release Date: 1994
Duration: 01:12:39
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, American Punk, American Underground, Dance-Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk, Punk/New Wave, Synth Pop

Virgin combined two of Devo’s early-’80s albums, Oh, No! It’s Devo and Freedom of Choice, on one disc. Freedom of Choice, arguably Devo’s strongest musical effort, revolves around relationships, insecurity, and the lack of flexibility in the American psyche.

Their arrangements achieve an effective balance between guitars and synths, and the band’s highly stylized visual component, this time featuring flowerpot-shaped “energy dome” hats, paid off in the video for “Whip It.” The single went gold and helped the album sell over a million copies. Just barely less essential than Q: Are We Not Men?. However, by the point of 1982’s Oh, No! It’s Devo, much of the band’s endearing quirkiness had evaporated. Their sound here was not all that distinguishable from other new wave groups, and apart from a few songs, such as “That’s Good” and “Peek-a-Boo,” they simply weren’t as musically or lyrically interesting as before. Incredibly, it seemed that Devo had not only lost their focus, but were out of ideas as well.

Subsequent releases would only confirm this assessment.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Time Out for Fun / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:47
Peekaboo! / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 3:00
Out of Sync / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 3:33
Explosions / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 3:03
That’s Good / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 3:24
Patterns / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:58
Big Mess / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:43
Speed Racer / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:38
What I Must Do / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:34
I Desire / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 3:14
Deep Sleep / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 3:25
Girl U Want / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:58
It’s Not Right / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:22
Whip It / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:38
Snowball / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:29
Ton O’ Luv / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:30
Freedom of Choice / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 3:28
Gates of Steel / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 3:28
Cold War / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:31
Don’t You Know / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:15
That’s Pep / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:17
Mr. B’s Ballroom / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:47
Planet Earth / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:46
Turnaround / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 2:13
Peekaboo! / Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh Devo 4:38
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