Song Name: Chango

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Hardcore Volume 2 (1991)

Year Recorded: 1975
Run Time: 3:10

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale / Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Jerry and Mark

Performed Live: 10/31/75 - WHK Auditorium (WMMS-FM Halloween Party), Cleveland, OH

Onstage Behavior: Unknown.

Alternate Versions: Lyrics paired with the music for the Corporate Anthem

Song Connections:

  • Lyrics including "'I come down the river to kill many people" were paired with an early version of the "DEVO Corporate Anthem", according to Mark. [1]
  • The synth line starting at 1:11" was later redone and featured on "Plain Truth"

Trivia / Info:

  • Chango means monkey in Spanish
  • Mark sings the "Dear Uncle" to "Deaf Debbie" section
  • The 10/31/75 live recording of Chango was cut from Live: The Mongoloid Years
  • A June 2000 Club DEVO announcement said the character "Skunkman Fly" was scheduled to appear in an animated song (like The Big Dirty Farmers did) but his installment was not produced
  • This song has some of DEVO's weirder lyrics
  • Indistinctly sung lyrics are italicized, in the transcription below


Your bailer!
I come up the river
like Meat Man
I come up the river
like Skunkman Fly
I come up the river
to kill many people
I come up the river
with my laser gun
Dear Uncle, Dear Uncle, Dear Uncle
Dear Uncle. Dear Uncle
Your son just had intercourse
with baggy breast
Your son just had intercourse
with Deaf/Death Debbie
My mommy didn't hold me when I was young
She didn't give me breast and went insane
My mommy didn't hold me when I was young
She didn't give me breast and went insane
Now I come up the river
like a Beat Man
I come up the river
like Skunkman Fly
I come up the river
to kill many people
I come up the river
with my laser gun

Video - None.

This fan video pairs "Chango" with the public domain[2] Dale Jennings film "One Got Fat: Bicycle Safety"


  1. (2014-2-11). Mark Mothersbaugh Looks Back at 9 Classic Devo Videos (3 of 10). "Devo Corporate Anthem". "When I first wrote it, I sent it to Uganda for [President] Idi Amin to be his new theme song," Mothersbaugh recalls. "It had lyrics like, 'I come down the river to kill many people!' I sent it to him and, of course, I never got any answer back. So we decided that it could be our corporate anthem."
  2. Internet Archive. "One Got Fat: Bicycle Safety" by Interlude Films. " Published 1963 - Usage Public Domain".

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
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)
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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