Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hope and Change: Beautiful World

DEVO: Beautiful World


Guilty pleasure? I'll give you guilty pleasure! When this week's theme was announced this song, with it's optomistic recognition of the beauty that surrounds us (for you, but not for me), was one of the first that came to my mind; however, I immediately shunned the thought thinking DEVO didn't fit the Gestalt of the blog.

But, DEVO is not all potato outfits, pyramid hats, and sleeveless turtlenecks. They were really quite an innovative band for their time, cutting a trail of electronic synth that would be followed by many others in the following years.

Also, like Danny Elfman, who was mentioned in a previous post, Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO has developed into a respectable composer, writing music for all of the Wes Anderson films, Pee Wee's Playhouse, The New Super Mario World, Crash Bandicoot, HBO's Big Love, and many other films, television shows, and video games.

Maybe I shouldn't feel so guilty about liking DEVO afterall.

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