is an American band formed in 1973 consisting of members from Kent
Kent, Ohio
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 and Akron, Ohio
Akron, Ohio
Akron , is the fifth largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Summit County. It is located in the Great Lakes region approximately south of Lake Erie along the Little Cuyahoga River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 199,110. The Akron Metropolitan...

. The classic line-up of the band includes two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark, Bob, and Jim) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob). The band had a #14 Billboard chart
Billboard Hot 100
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 hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It
Whip It
"Whip It" is the title of a 1980 single by the American New Wave band Devo. It appears on the album Freedom of Choice. There were two 7" single releases of "Whip It", one backed with a remix of the track "Snowball" and one backed with "Turn Around"...

", and has maintained a cult following
Cult following
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 throughout its existence. Their style over time has shifted between punk
Punk rock
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, art rock
Art rock
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, post-punk
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, and New Wave
New Wave music
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. Their music and stage show
Stage Show
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 mingle kitsch
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 science fiction
Science fiction
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 themes, deadpan
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 surrealist humor
Surreal humour
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, and mordantly satirical
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 social commentary
Social commentary
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Are we not men? We are DEVO!

A victim of collision on the open sea / Nobody ever said that life was free.

Freedom of choice is what you got / freedom from choice is what you want.

Freedom of Choice, 1980

None of you would help me when I baked my bread / Now all of you would help me eat it / I can see that you are very well fed / This indicates that you don't need it.

Enough Said, 1981

The way that we weren't is what we'll become.

Laugh if you want to / Or say you don't care / If you cannot see it / You think it's not there / It doesn't work that way.

Peek-A-Boo!, 1982

Beautiful mutants I can see in the distance / I think they're calling our name.

R U Experienced?, 1984

You only punch yourself out when you start swinging blind.

Plain Truth, 1988

Besides, God isn't dead / He's in your head / Right where he ought to be.

DEVO Has Feelings Too, 1990

But wishin' is for chumps/ High hopin' is for fools / They'll hunt you down / and taze you bro / for playin' with the rules

Don't Shoot (I'm a Man), 2009