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"Devo" (pronounced DEE-vo or dee-VO, often spelled "DEVO" or "DEV-O") is an American Rock group formed in Akron, Ohio in 1972.

Their style has been variously classified as punk, art rock and post-punk, but they are most often remembered for their late 1970s and early 1980s New Wave music which, along with others (such as Gary Numan, Oingo Boingo, and The B-52's) ushered in the synth pop sound of the 1980s.

Devo's music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary via sometimes-discordant pop songs that often feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures.

Their work has proved hugely influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave and alternative rock artists, and they created many memorable music videos popular in the early days of MTV.

Mark Mothersbaugh later went on to start Mutato Muzika, a company that produces music for commercials and film.


Founders Gerald Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Bob Lewis were students at Kent State University at the time the National Guard shot and killed four students at a protest against the U.S. invasion of Ca...

years active 1972 - present
country U.S.A.
music genre New Wave music
current members Mark Mothersbaugh
Bob Mothersbaugh
Gerald Casale
Bob Casale
Josh Freese
past members Bob Lewis (musician)
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