Yes and no. Jerry has said that after the Kent State shootings, he quit being a hippy. The world going to shit and all the hippies wanted to do was get baked. The guys in DEVO might have been hippies at one time, but they gave that up before starting the band. DEVO was completely anti-hippie. They thought that crowd was full of shit.
I was at that show! The "surprise band" was supposed to be Richard Hell and the Voidoids, but they couldn't make it. Instead it ended up being the Avengers in their first LA show. (Other personal memories: met director Nicholas Roeg in the lobby. This was right after "The Man Who Fell to Earth" came out and he was with Candy Clark. I had been kicked in the face by one of the "punk" models on the runway [after I spit at him and hit him in the face]. So when I met Roeg, I had blood all over my shirt.....) Note to Chantry: I dig the stuff that you've done.
Well... I just get the sense that DEVO came out of the whole hippie 'free your mind' culture. Look, I love DEVO. I was even excited when I had to go to Akron, Ohio on business! Sorry for being so inflammatory, I guess this whole 'poster of the week' thing really went to my head.
i like it!
one thing i've learned about the old primal punk scene is that you can never take it at face value. every aspect of it had something to do with fucking things up - no matter how banal the presentation.
Humanity's always been fucked, it's now there're too many people and the technology available to kill us all. Gaia will prevail. We are but a dingleberry on the ass of Earth's history. The insects are next. HELLSTROM CHRONICLE!
they were pretty cool in my book. deb was a stone junkie puking in cbgb's toilets and rolling around on the stage in a mini skirt with no undies. they were originally much more hardcore than their later image would lead you to believe.
i'll never forget deb on the muppet show singing a duet with kermit. she was so stoned that she could barely function.