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Chinaman

The Chinaman (Gerald V. Casale)

The Chinaman, AKA China Man, played by Gerald Casale, is an embodiment of the stereotypical wise Asian master. He appears in a brief shot in the "Secret Agent Man" video. He wrote the introduction to Booji Boy's book My Struggle. Chinaman speaks the lyrics to "Social Fools" in the studio / demo version of "Somewhere With Devo".

China Man appeared with three other DEVO characters in at least three confirmed shows in 1975

  • 1975
    • 1975-04-04 "Boogie Boy, China Man, Jungle Jim, & The Clown" perform before two consecutive showings of the film "Pink Flamingos" directed by John Waters [1]
    • 1975-09-31 "Booji Boy, The Clown, Jungle Jim and The Chinaman" [2] wore blue worksuits at the WHK Auditorium (WMMS-FM Halloween Party), Cleveland, OH [3]

G.V.C. was seen donning the eyeglasses in later performances.

The novelty glasses worn by Gerald V. Casale appear in "The Office " episode "The Dundies" (2005), worn by Steve Carell playing Michael Scott. The frames of the novelty glasses were worn by Mark Mothersbaugh in the oh, no! it's DEVO videos and album cover.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Daily Kent Stater 4 April 1975. Page 9 Advertisements. "DEVO (The De-evolution Band) 'How LOW can you go!" featuring Boogie Boy, China Man, Jungle Jim, & The Clown" KSU library online archive.
  2. Punk Diary, 1970-1979: The Ultimate Complete Day-By-Day Reference Guide to Punk by George Gimarc (1994). "They come out in their costumes as Booji Boy, The Clown, Jungle Jim and The Chinaman. In the liner notes to the 1992 Ryko CD release 'The Mongoloid Years,' Mark remembers, 'using homemade electronic drums, and a mini-moog, a clavinet, a customized lobotomized Hagstrom guitar, and bass, we proceed to torture stoned urban hippies with 'performance art' way before that label even existed..."
  3. Devo Live Guide 1973 to 1977


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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