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Gerald Casale (born Gerald Pizzute, July 28, 1948) is the Bass Guitar/Synth Player, a vocalist, and one of the founding members (along with Mark Mothersbaugh and Bob Lewis) of the new wave band Devo. With Mothersbaugh, who he met at Kent State University, Casale co-wrote most of Devo's material (including the hit Whip It), designed Devo's distinctive attire (including the Energy Dome, plastic pompadours and yellow suits) over the years with Mothersbaugh, conceptualized and directed most of Devo's videos.

Casale worked on a solo project called Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers that included pre-Devo guitarist Peter Gregg. He also has recently worked on a Devo biopic and a Devo musical (but both projects unfunded). He is currently active on twitter, and often follows back fans who follow him.

Gerald Casale uses a right-handed Steinberger L-Series bass guitar, played upside down.

Outside of Devo, Casale developed friendships with up-and-coming Los Angeles chefs, an interest in fine cuisine, and in pairing foods with fine wines. With business partners, he has filed a patent for a type of wine rack and much later launched a private label wine.[1] He fully restored a Richard Neutra house before selling it and built the previously unrealized 50' by 50' house from the plans drawn by Mies Van Der Rohe. It is used as a wine tasting room.

Gerald and his wife Krista have an awareness of and an interest in reducing animal cruelty. PeTA approached Casale to direct an awareness video with footage of the treatment of performance animals. Casale attended a PeTA 25th anniversary event. He enlisted his band-members to make the song "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)" about a political candidates' treatment of the family dog. He approached his band-mates to approve giving royalties from the song "Whip It" to PeTA on a campaign for circuses to end their abusive behavior by sending their big cats to wildlife preserves. [2]

DiscographyEdit

Solo discography

ReferencesEdit

  1. DangerousMinds.net. (2014-7-9). You Must Sip It: DEVO's Jerry Casale And His Blue-Collar Wine. Posted by Kimberly J. Bright.
  2. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA). Drop That Whip: Devo Gets Behind Push to Free Big Cats From Circuses by Craig Shapiro. March 3, 2016 press release. Says the band: “As Ringling Bros. relies on the fear of whips to force lions and tigers to perform, Devo is pleased to make a grant to PETA from the royalties of ‘Whip It’ for their campaign to free big cats from this abuse. We hope that all circuses will continue to evolve by spotlighting human creativity rather than degrading animals.”
  3. archive.org. dangerousminds.net. 2016-4-7. "It's All Devo! New Video From Devolution's Mutant Mastermind Gerald Casale-A DM Premiere" Posted by Ron Kretsch.


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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