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The "third" drummer of Devo. Alan joined Devo in 1976 soon after Jim Mothersbaugh left the band. Alan left Devo about a decade later during the beginning of the writing for Total DEVO. Alan's recorded work with DEVO has influenced many musicians. [1]
From the sketchy information given by Mark and Jerry it can be interpreted as bias because they did not feel Alan should be angered by the increasing use of a drum machine or electronic drums. Jerry gives the interpretation that Alan turned on Devo, Mark claims Alan gave up on Devo. Bob 1 and Bob 2 give the sense that Jerry's cocaine use put Alan over the edge. Bob 1 says Alan very much wanted to stay in Devo and that neither Mark nor Jerry made an attempt to bring Alan back into the band to complete Total DEVO.
Post-Devo Alan earned a living as a licensed electrical contractor and continued to play drums in weekend performances, first drumming for his wife's project, "Babooshka." Alan started the band "Skyline Electric " in 2005 which plays in the Los Angeles area. Also since 2005, Alan played drums live for "Jean Paul Yamamoto." Alan (in association with his daughter) performed live for "Swahili Blonde."
Myers died of cancer at age 58 on June 24, 2013. a  b  c Guest Book
Skyline Electric played a tribute concert on Friday, June 28, 2013 at Human Resources gallery in Los Angeles.

EquipmentEdit

DEVO moved from Jim's electronic drums to Alan's acoustic drums. Jerry said Alan was the best drummer Devo ever had.

Then over the years Alan's acoustic drums were phased out. Recordings would feature the artificial sound of programmed drum patterns on sequencers, electronic drum synthesizers, percussion samples, and drum machines. Jim, in a support role, would help program sequencers and be a Roland Corp. liaison, providing Devo access to state-of-the-art equipment.
By the time of the oh, no! it's DEVO tour, Alan played electronic drum pads to a click track, then switched to acoustic drums for the older songs in the second half of the set.

studio / live   Gretsch Drums, Yamaha Drums, Synare 3, Linn LM-1, Fairlight CMI

  • 1976 - Percussion Drums
  • 1977 - Percussion Drums
  • 1978 - Percussion Drums
  • 1979 - Synare Electronic Drum Synthesizer, Percussion Drums
  • 1980 - Synare Electronic Drums, Percussion Drums
  • 1981 - Synare Electronic Drums, Percussion Drums
    •  New Traditionalists had acoustic drums and sequenced, synthesized drums and percussion.[2]
    • Sequencer lines were programmed by Jim for Mark. "Bob" and Alan also programmed sequencers.[3]
      • A Linn LM-1 drum computer was used on some New Traditionalists tracks, such as  "The Super Thing," which had its drum track reused on "Watch Us Work It"
      • A LinnDrum (LM-2) was also used. [4]
      • Vox drumbox [5]
  • 1982 - Linn Electronic Drum Machine, Percussion Drums
    • Oh, No! It's DEVO used a "click track" so songs could be linked with projected visuals in concert. Synthesized percussion was used even more on this album. The song "Patterns" has its drum almost entirely presequenced.
    • Linn syndrums
  • 1984 - No Drums Used
  • (Alan's contributions to "Total DEVO" are uncredited.)
  • Post 1986 - Percussion, Drums
Regular drum set and cymbals, also used tabula and other percussion

ReferencesEdit

  1. DangerousMinds.net. (2013-7-7)."Give The Drummer Some: Drummers appreciate DEVO’s man machine Alan Meyers" (sic). Posted by Bruce McDonald.
  2. Google Books. "In Cold Sweat: Interviews with Really Scary Musicians by Thomas Wictor. (2001). page 156. "...by the time 1981 rolled around, we were playing a lot of sequencer lines..."-Jerry.
  3. Google Books. 'Keyboard Presents the Best of the '80s: The Artists, Instruments, and Techniques of an Era". Edited by Ernie Rideout, Stephen Fortner, and Michael Gallant. (2008). page 33. "Are they not keyboardists? Mark Mothersbaugh and Bob Casale devolve" by Michael Davis (August 1981. Keyboard Magazine article). "...we'll also take a sequencer pattern that Bob put together, and play it with a sequencer pattern that Alan [Devo drummer Alan Myers] wrote, and lyrics that Jerry wrote, and then borrow other parts from other people. There's no set pattern to how our songs come out.".-Mark.
  4. "Subject: Devo's Synths". machines.hyperreal.org/gearlists/devo-gear. (Linn) LM-1 drum machine: New Traditionalists, Oh, No! It's Devo!, Shout (Linn) LinnDrum drum machine: New Traditionalists, Oh, No! It's Devo!,Shout.
  5. http://machines.hyperreal.org/gearlists/devo-gear "(Vox) drumbox: New Traditionalists".

External LinksEdit

Alan Myers Artist - Discography -- Discogs
Alan Myers Person - Overview -- MusicBrainz
Alan Myers Credits -- AllMusic
Alan Myers (I) (1955–2013) b Filmography -- IMDb
Alan Myers (drummer) -- Wikipedia article


DEVO
Mark Mothersbaugh | Gerry Casale | Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Lewis | Bob Casale | Jim Mothersbaugh | Alan Myers
David Kendrick | Josh Freese & Jeff Friedl | Josh Hager
Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discovery | Rhino 
MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct | Futurismo
Production
Brian Eno | Ken Scott | Robert Margouleff | Roy Thomas Baker | DEVO 
The Teddybears | Greg Kurstin | Santi White | John King | John Hill | Mark Nishita 
Official Studio Albums
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) | Duty Now For The Future (1979) | Freedom of Choice (1980) | New Traditionalists (1981) | oh, no! it's DEVO (1982) | Shout (1984) | Total DEVO (1988) | SmoothNoodleMaps (1990) | Something for Everybody   (2010)
Other Albums
Be Stiff EP (1977) | E-Z Listening Disc (1987) | Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace (1989) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 1 74-77 (1990) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 2 1974-1977 (1991) | DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years (1992) | DEV-O Live (1999) | Recombo DNA (2000) | Live In Central Park (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (2012) | Something ELSE for Everybody  (2013) | Miracle Witness Hour  (2014) | Live at Max's Kansas City - November 15, 1977  (2014) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Filmography
The Men Who Make The Music (1981) | Human Highway (1982) | We're All DEVO (1984) | The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) | DEVO Live (2004) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Related Articles
History | Bootlegs | Booji Boy | Devolution | Influence | The Wipeouters | Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers | Devo 2.0 | Akron, Ohio | Music Videos | Versions | Outfits

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