Song Name: General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now
Year Written: 1979
Year Recorded: 1979
Year Released: 2000
Run Time: 1:45
Writing Credits: Gerald Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh
Spoken By: Robert L. Mothersbaugh Sr. as General Boy
Trivia / Info:Edit
- This spoken-word track, with Minimoog synth backing, was recorded in 1979. It is duplicated in a DNFTF era From the Desk of General Boy letter distributed by Club Devo. The 1981 spoken-word B-side Nu-Tra Speaks incorporates fragments of this letter. General Boy speaks in The Men Who Make the Music, where in the last cutscene he also says the phrase "duty now for the future."
- Produced by Devo. Probably Jerry wrote the words and Mark wrote the backing track.
Onstage Behavior: N/A. In TMWMTM, General Boy speaks while seated at his desk.
- Transcription of lyrics:
- Salutations. Today I feel a sense of urgency as I speak to you for Devo Incorporated: There is a direct connection between Devo's work in the music field and a big wiggly world around us.
- You may not be aware of this, but we are in the middle of World War Three. It is not nuclear bombs that we must fear; the weapon is the human mind, or lack of it, on this planet. That will determine our fate.
- Capital punishment for airline passengers who attempt to save money; Spud Men in gas lines who forgot that guns don't argue, and tourists attempting to "catch some rays" at Three Mile Island add up to a major attack of corkscrews in the brain.
- We must fight back. We must know what we want. We must want what we need, and what we need is Duty Now For The Future.
Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology -
Disc 2, Track 1: General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now -- Discogs
Duty Now For The Future - (2010 WB remaster & reissue) Track #14:
General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now -- Discogs