Post by Ian Petts
I'm a long-time Devo fan who had a bit of a break from the band after
"Oh, No!" came out and have been getting back into them lately since my
wife gave me "The Complete Truth/Live" DVD set.
I want to get my collection up to date and get all the studio albums
first, then probably go through the live albums later.
I am quite amazed at the number of albums they have out now, although it
seems that the bulk of them are live and best-of's. I've picked up Shout
and Total Devo but I'm not sure what to get next.
Looking at the track lists, "Pioneers WGS" has some songs on it that
don't look familiar, so I'll probably grab that, but I also don't want
to miss out on alternate versions of my old favorites.
I have all the albums from "AWNM?" to "Oh, No!" plus "Shout" and
"Total", but what else do I need to get in order to have all their
Well, in 1990 they had their last "proper" studio album,
SmoothNoodleMaps. By "proper" I mean, all new songs written and
recorded in one narrow time period, specifically for album release in
that same period. Even though it was on the Enigma label that died off,
like the TotalDevo album, it's not too hard to find. Many would
consider Hardcore Devo Vol 1 and 2 (released around 1992-1993 I think)
to be pretty necessary for a Devo collection. It's old 4-track stuff,
all recorded pre-Q?A!, and not tyical "albums", but they're both
album-length and full of non-live stuff you won't find elsewhere. Most
(but not all) of the tracks on Hardcore 1&2 are NOT songs later
rerecorded for album releases, and so can only be found here.
Unfortunately, they're both out of print and go for quite a bit on eBay
these days. Other stuff...ummm, well, like you said, there are some
more compilations and live stuff. Recombo DNA is a 2 disc set from
rykohandmade.com that is mostly demos and stuff like that. Great stuff.
There were some one off new original tracks on some soundtracks here and
there, like Are You Ready?! and That's What He Said.
I guess the short version is that if you're looking to get a complete
Devo album collection, and not necessarily a totally complete
gotta-have-every-last-thing collection, and you already have Q?A!
through TotalDevo, all you need is SmoothNoodleMaps and hardcore vol 1
and 2 and you're set.