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Devo: The Men Who Make the Music/Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig

Dir. Chuck Statler, Gerald V. Casale | 2014 | 115 min

A double shot of Devo in this classic 1979 "video LP" plus 1996 concert film.

Made in 1979 under the "DevoVision" banner, The Men Who Make the Music wraps early Devo music videos, extensive footage from their 1978 tour, and snippets of devolutionary philosophy around a semi-surreal comic skewering of "Big Entertainment," as a result of which its VHS release was held up for two years by Big Entertainment. Long out of print and available only as a pricey collector's item, this holy text of de-evolution was resurrected in 2014 by our content partner MVD and is now available for the first time on demand, paired with Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig, which chronicles a happier band encounter with Big Entertainment, donning prison stripes for a stellar set before the Hollywood elite at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. A must-have for all spuds and Devotees.

Set list:

The Men Who Make the Music: Jocko Home (video) • Wiggly World (live) • The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize (video) • Praying Hands (live) • Uncontrollable Urge (live) • (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (video) • Secret Agent Man (video) • Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA (live) • Come Back Jonee (video) • Red Eye (live)

Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig (all live): Too Much Paranoias • Praying Hands • Uncontrollable Urge • Mongoloid • Jocko Homo • Going Under • Blockhead • That's Good • Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth • Girl You Want • Whip It

MFW Nugget

The Men Who Make the Music was set for release in 1979 but was shelved for two years by would-be distributor Time-Life due to its anti-music industry content, namely the central "Rod Rooter's Big Reamer" segment.

United States
Concert Film
cult band
New Wave