DEVO: Origins – SXSW Music 2009


I missed this video back in 2009. Some funs stories on the origin of DEVO, their first trip to Los Angeles for a music showcase, and how a monster movie host influenced their work.

Watch the video.


Where did DEVO come from? How did they become ‘lightning rods for hostility?’ When did Bowie and Eno enter the picture? These questions and more are addressed in this video clip from the SXSW Interview with Nic Harcourt. Tales of their early years in Ohio and California provide a primer in the theory and practice of devolution.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO (meetup)

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