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EZListeningDisc

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First Released: 1987 (Show All)
Tracks: 19
Label: US: Ryko

Track ListingEdit

  1. Gates Of Steel (2:55)
  2. Girl U Want (4:58)
  3. Come Back Jonee (3:10)
  4. Whip It (2:58)
  5. That's Good (3:36)
  6. Jerking Back and Forth (3:09)
  7. The 4th Dimension (3:49)
  8. Shout (Hello Kitty) (4:09)
  9. Mongoloid (5:05)
  10. Pity You (3:23)
  11. Goin' Under (3:06)
  12. Swelling, Itching Brain (4:12)
  13. Jurisdiction Of Luv (3:41)
  14. Peek-A-Boo (4:26)
  15. Satisfaction (4:09)
  16. Space Junk (2:38)
  17. Time Out For Fun (3:21)
  18. It's A Beautiful World (3:12)
  19. Jocko Homo (3:36)

PersonnelEdit

DEVOEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Mark said in the 70's he used a "frequency analyzer" to change the sound of a couple of Muzak songs he ripped off. [1] Later DEVO made EZ versions of Devo tracks that were played back before Devo shows to replace the popular rock recordings that venues would choose to play. Some of these EZ Devo tracks may employ the frequency analyzer.
  • This is the only album on which you can hear Devo's Casio M10 with the "Real World Interfaces" modifications.
  • This single-disc collection omits the second EZ listening version of Shout.
  • This disc collects the two Club DEVO releases, E-Z Listening Muzak (1981) and E-Z Listening Muzak Vol. 2 (1984). The Club DEVO volumes were scheduled to be reissued on CD and vinyl in 2016, adding an EZ version of "Human Rocket."
  • In 1989 Club DEVO reissued the EZ LISTENING MUZAK - Vol. 1 & 2 cassettes through DEVO's new label, Enigma. A picture of David's head replaced that of Alan Myers.
  • The copyrighted word "Muzak" does not appear on Rykodisk's release but does on the Club DEVO and Futurismo releases. All three releases feature different packaging artwork.
  • These tracks have been actually used as muzak by a variety of corporate clients. For decades, the Weather Channel has regularly broadcast them, often with their "On The 8's" local weather reports.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Google books preview of pages 203-204, Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak©, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong© By Joseph Lanza. 2004 revised edition. " Mothersbaugh...a devout elevator music fan, explains how what he calls his "inframusic" came about.
    Muzak helped me shape my musical politics. When I heard Muzak versions of the Beatles, the Byrds, and Bob Dylan, my goal was to do the same to my own music before anyone else did. Our E-Z Listening Disc has an interesting history... I ripped a couple of things right off an easy-listening channel and put them through a frequency analyzer. It became this bizarre robotic version of Muzak-type songs. WE WERE MUTATING MUZAK! ...The first E-Z (cassette) sold out so fast that we did a second volume a couple of years later. Rock and Roll is so bankrupt that, out of desperation, they'll be mining those territories."
  2. Contents page. EXIT magazine issue number three, ©1987. "Devo's newest musical product is called the E-Z Listening Disc, Has covers and a book by EXIT, and is available from RYKODISC..." exitmagazine.net website by Robert Lund.
  3. Exitmagazine.net, Exit Magazine - Issue 3. "Galaxy M-51 Around Hitler & Manson". front cover. by Adam Parfrey & George Petros
  4. YouTube. "TWC Local on the 8s from September 2005 #23". uploaded by MrDaniel789. Another LOT8s from September 2005 primetime.

External LinksEdit

E-Z Listening Disc (Master Release) -- Discogs
E-Z Listening Disc (Release group) -- MusicBrainz
E-Z Listening Disc (Overview) -- AllMusic
E-Z Listening Disc -- Wikipedia


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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