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Song Name: Be Stiff

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Year Released: 1977 (single version)

Years Performed: [1] 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1991, 2009, 2014

Run Time: about 2:32 to 2:35 (single/EP/compilation version)

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale, Bob Lewis

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale

Alternate Versions: Be Stiff (Hardcore Version)

Song Connections: None

Trivia / Info:Edit

  • This song is one of the most covered in DEVO's repertoire, having an entire album of covers released by Stiff Records
  • A cover version of Be Stiff was recorded by Toni Basil on her first album Word of Mouth with DEVO providing the backing tracks and the repeating "be stiff" chorus (heard at about 2 minutes into the song).

Onstage Behavior:

  • On the 1980 tour, Mark performed jumping jacks throughout Be Stiff with the exception of a brief synthesizer part during the bridge.

Lyrics:

fruit ooze is wetly lewd
so stay dry in rubber boots and
be stiff b-abies be stiff
cucumbers ripe and rude
bend over fixed to shoot and
be stiff b-abies be stiff
breath hard in metal suits
live right make lots of loot and
be stiff b-abies be stiff
white/wet women waste your food
so go solo no no two's and
be stiff b-abies be stiff
deep sleepers jerk the root
watch out for fruits and mutes and
be stiff b-abies be stiff

Live Video: Concert footage on DEVO Live 1980 (CD+DVD).

References:

  1. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "be stiff".

External Links:

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)
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