Recently, a friend encouraged me to check out Devo’s early music, specifically their debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! I resisted at first because all I knew of Devo was “Whip It!” which I wasn’t sure I liked. But I listened to the songs he recommended, learned more about Devo, and I’m so glad I did. This album is great — more punk than I expected and as energetic. “Uncontrollable Urge” is a song I’ve heard a lot and have always been excited to hear, but I never knew it was a Devo song. How did I go this long without knowing that it was Devo? I am so ashamed! The rest of the songs are equally good, equally appealing. Some songs, “Jocko Homo” and “Praying Hands,” I listen to on repeat. The album was produced by Brian Eno (as are all great albums) and released in 1978.
The New Traditionalists (1981) is worth taking a listen as well.