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Saturday, July 24, 2004

PROUD SPUD BOY HERE

I saw DEVO at the Central Park Summer Stage last night. It was a sold out event, so I thank The Benefactors, whithout whom it would not have happened. For me this show was twenty five years in the making, and according to Mark Mothersbaugh (Lead Vocalist) it had been as long for them since they played in Central Park, and he added "you are a much better audience that your parents." Devo was way ahead of the curve, and now they seem less like wierdo's and more like sage philisophers.
The show opened with Stellastar, who we missed. I heard their last song as we approached, and it sounded good. I wish I could say the same for the Yeah Yeah Yeah's. Both that I missed it, and that it was good. Unfortunately it was the opposite. Sorry, but c'mon; get a freakin' bass player. I send that out to Jack White as well with the added comment; and a drummer too! Sequencing isn't very punk. I 'd rather see a live band that sucks, than see mediocrity synched up with machines. I've seen your act before, they were called the Stooges and they killed motherfuckers like you.
Okay back to DEVO. First of all, it stopped raining just as they took the stage. They played completely live. No sequencing from this lot. It's hard to imagine what I'm about to say, but DEVO swung cock on stage last night. The band was on and rocking. Simply put, I was blown away by middle aged guys with flower pots on their heads. They played all the favorites, getting "Whip It" out of the way early. "Satisfaction" was brilliant. Josh Freese, the drummer, was phenomenal. The whole thing was brilliant. And timely too. The minute they walked off the stage the rain came down in torrents.
Some DEVO lyrics dedicated to G.W.

In ancient rome there was a poem
About a dog who found two bones
He picked at one
He licked the other
He went in circles
He dropped dead
Freedom of choice
Is what you got
Freedom from choice
Is what you want--(Fredom of Choice)

Crack that whip
Give the past the slip
Step on a crack
Break your momma's back
When a problem comes along
You must whip it
Before the cream sits out too long
You must whip it
When something's going wrong
You must whip it
Now whip it
Into shape
Shape it up
Get straight
Go forward
Move ahead
Try to detect it
It's not too late
To whip it
Whip it good --(Whip It)

Everybody it's a good thing
Everybody wants a good thing
Everybody ain't it true that
Everybody's looking for the same thing
Ain't it true there�s just no doubt
There's some things that you can't do without
And that's good
Ain't it true as the sun that shines
You got yours and you got mine
And that's good
Everybody's just like you it's true
Everybody wants a good thing too
Everybody it's a good thing
Ain't it true it's a monumental good thing --(That's Good)

Oh yeah, and......

God made man
But he used the monkey to do it -- (Jocko Homo)


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