When DEVO Played Max’s Kansas City in 1977 [VIDEO]

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 at 10:30 am by
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Guitarist Bob Casale, a founding member of the hugely influential DEVO, passed away Monday. He was 61. His brother and band co-founder, Gerald, confirmed the news via Facebook, and noted that “His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”

Casale is the second member of DEVO to die within the last year, behind “human metronome” drummer Alan Myers (brain cancer at 58).

While too young to catch DEVO in their heyday, the Akron-based foursome was always a personal favorite. No, not “Whip It”; that song is annoying. Let’s take the opportunity to celebrate the band and its maiden Manhattan voyage.

Below are clips from their third New York City performance – Max’s Kansas City on May 25, 1977. The show apparently transpired directly after their second CBGB appearance.

From Dangerous Minds:

Devo made their debut at the venue immediately after their second CBGB show on May 25 1977. Having worn their yellow HAZMAT suits at CBGB, at Max’s they unveiled some new finds: high-waisted, billowy, knee-length Gurkha shorts (as worn by the Nepalese military units from which they took their name) and white suspenders. These baggy, pleated shorts were entirely out of step with prevailing trends of the 70s but predated the look of the 80s.

“Mongoloid” and “Gut Feeling”

“Satisfaction”

This was the full set list that night:

Satisfaction
Too Much Paranoias
Praying Hands
Uncontrollable Urge
Mongoloid
Jocko Homo
Smart Patrol
Mr. DNA
Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy
Sloppy
Clockout
Words Get Stuck In My Throat
Be Stiff
Secret Agent Man

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