Think The Minutemen meets Devo. This multimedia-loving San Francisco “synthpunk” band was known in the late 70’s-early ’80s for their crazy performances, often incorporating instructional films (before it was cliche) into their live sets, and performing in strange places (like in the front window of a San Francisco JC Penney). It was hard to pick a song of theirs to post. Their recently-released collection of songs History of the Units: The Early Years 1977-1983 (released last year by Community Library) is jam-packed full of hits that nobody seems to have ever heard. Rumor has it, there’s a vinyl version of this coming out as well, which will be amazing to own. If you’re into this stuff, please do yourself a favor and pick it up. It’s really quite amazing. I wish bands like this were still around.
I am extremely excited about the upcoming documentary on Devo. It’s fittingly titled “Devo” and directed by Chris Smith, one of my favorite directors. Smith