Song Name: "My Lai Mama"

Artist: DEVO

Beginning Appears On:

  • Booji Boy's Basement discs A001, A027 (same recording)

Run Time: unknown

Year Written:  by 1972

Year Demo Recorded: Unknown, if at all

Year Released:  Never

Years Performed: 1974

Writing Credits: Unknown

Sung By: Gerald Casale


Jim Mothersbaugh (percussion), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar), Mark Mothersbaugh (synthesizer),
Gerald Casale (bass, also on original demo), Bob Lewis (slide guitar on original demo), Peter Gregg (lead guitar on original demo)

Demo Versions: 1972

Song Connections: 1974 live version segues from "(She Didn't Know I Was A) Midget"


  • This song has never been released in its entirety. There are no recordings of the whole song known to be in circulation.
  • It only is available as a fragment at the end of Booji Boy's Basement recording A027, right before the tape cuts off. 

Onstage Behavior: Unknown


Mỹ Lai mama, don't you lie to me
You're gonna tell me your tale of misery
(unknown past this point)


Fan upload: Devo- Midget/My Lai Mama (Cut) (Live In Akron 1974) YouTube.


  • The Mỹ Lai Massacre (Thảm sát Mỹ Lai) occurred March 16 1968, during the Vietnam War.
  • Bob Lewis says de-evolution's "raison d'etre was a desire to create a universe of discourse that would be both an aesthetic capable of critical analysis and a tool for social justice..."[1]


  1. Bluesy's Blues (Cardiff City, Wales & More) [blog]. Repost of "DEVO - The first Post-Modern Band" by Robert Lewis. ...Early Devo was a child of dada, the theater of the absurd, the blackest of black humor and rabid political backlash against the Establishment. People were pissed off, and early Devo is full of political anger and comment: My Lai Mama, I Been Refused, All of Us, Auto Mowdown. The songs not only presented a hunkered down aesthetic, but they were political songs in quite specific ways.


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
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)
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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