David Kendrick

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David Kendrick was the fourth drummer for DEVO, replacing Alan Myers.


David Kendrick was a member of the Los Angeles new wave band Bates Motel with Leslie Bohem. Kendrick and Bohem were recruited to join the band Sparks and performed with them from 1981 through 1985, recording three albums. While members of Sparks, Kendrick and Bohem formed the side project Gleaming Spires with members of the Sparks backing band and had a hit with the single Are You Ready for the Sex Girls? from their 1981 album Songs of the Gleaming Spires. Gleaming Spires broke up in 1985, around the same time as the dissolution of the Sparks line-up.

With DEVOEdit

David Kendrick joined DEVO in 1987, and recorded songs with the band for the film Slaughterhouse Rock. He performed on the albums Total DEVO and Smooth Noodle Maps, as well as playing live with the band on their shows from 1988 to 1991 and occasionally thereafter (Josh Freese became the main live drummer for DEVO in 1996.)

David has also played on DEVO recordings made after 1990. post 2005-08-18 07:25:42 UTC


Following the 1991 breakup of DEVO, David Kendrick worked briefly for Mutato Muzika. David worked with singer Andy Prieboy in the rock musical "White Trash Wins Lotto," and with Stan Ridgway 1 in a 2006 Wall of Voodoo performance. (They all played together on Ridgway's release Shine (Red Bead Follows Blue) 2.)

David was brought in on occasion to perform live when Freese was unavailable, such as the 2003 tour of Japan and the 2004 Run Hit Wonder performances.

David is a founding member of the band Empire of Fun.

David appeared at the 2005 DEVOtional, answered questions during a Q & A session, and performed "Happy Guy" with The Spudboys during the DEV-O-ke set. [1]


Drums, Percussion
  • Gear has included drums by Ludwig and Pearl, and cymbals by Zildjian and Paiste. Dave uses size 5B drum sticks.
  • See: "David on His Gear With Sparks"


select discography


Whomp That Sucker
Angst In My Pants
Outer Space
Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat
Profile: The Ultimate Sparks Collection (compilation)
Heaven Collection (compilation)
The Hell Collection (compilation)
New Music for Amnesiacs: The Ultimate Collection (compilation)

Gleaming SpiresEdit

Songs Of The Spires
Life Out On The Lawn 12"
Walk On Well Lighted Streets
Funk For Children / Party EP
Welcoming A New Ice Age
The Future Looks Brightest - Rarities and Orphans Volume 1 (Posh Boy Records compilation)


Total DEVO
Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace 12/9/88   (live)
Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology   (compilation)
Recombo DNA   (compilation)

The Empire Of FunEdit

The Blue Head
Classics of Enduring Elegance
It looks like Today Outside
PRIMARILY, The Empire Of Fun Box Set   (compilation)
Crime, Memory and Loss
"I'm sorry Mr. Kendrick, there's a skull inside your head" [2]


select videography


Gleaming SpiresEdit

How To Get Girls Through Hypnotism
Are You Ready For The Sex Girls?
A Christian Girl's Problem
Funk For Children


The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
Disco Dancer
Post Post-Modern Man
Post Post-Modern Man (Rocky Schenck remix)
Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun
- Live Performance plus appearance in bonus features, including:
"David Kendrick Speaks"



Adventures of the Smart Patrol   CD-ROM Game.


  1. Booji Boys Basement. © 2005. "Oh, No! It's the DEVOtional! Time Out for Fun - 2005." By Alex Brunelle.
  2. theempireoffun com/content.html "despot" (select link to Despot Records page).
David Kendrick Info on archived DEVO Message Board

External LinksEdit

David Kendrick Artist - Discography -- Discogs
David Kendrick Person - Overview -- MusicBrainz
David Kendrick Credits -- AllMusic
David Kendrick Filmography -- IMDb

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 | Discover | Rhino | MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct 
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) | Live at Max's Kansas City - November 15, 1977  (2014) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | DEVO – Hardcore Live  (2014)
The Men Who Make The Music (1981) | Human Highway (1982) | We're All DEVO (1984) | The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) | DEVO Live (2003) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | DEVO – Hardcore Live  (2014)
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