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Song Name: Race of Doom

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Run Time: 3:43 (Album Version)

Year Written: 197x

Year Recorded: 1981 (Album Version)

Year Released: 1981 (Album Version)

Years Performed: 1981 - 1982

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale/Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale (Lead), some group members (Backing) - "Race of Doom" chorus

  • Mark sings the lead vocal in concert.

Alternate Versions: "Race Of Doom" (early version)(on D002) (2:21), demo possibly recorded November, 1974, unofficially released on "D002 - Rare Demos & Unreleased Tracks (Disc 2)."

Demo Versions: Race of Doom (demo) (3:43), recorded 1981, released on Recombo DNA (2000)

Song Connections: A synthesized nuclear explosion ends this song. Morning Dew, about nuclear holocaust, builds musically to an implied nuclear launch. (A nuclear explosion is seen at the end of the Beautiful World video.)

Trivia / Info:Edit

  • An early demo version of ROD, with alternate lyrics, was recorded in the early 1970's (while the album demo version was recorded in the early 80's).
  • Performed on the tour supporting the NT album before "The Super Thing". ROD was preceded in the setlist by "Whip It" on the North American leg of the tour and by "Planet Earth overseas.
  • ROD was an international (not domestic) B-side, paired with "Through Being Cool" by Virgin and "Working In The Coal Mine" by WB.
  • The album version of ROD is listed on the broadcast-only LP "B.B.C. Rock Hour" #245 - Discogs

Onstage Behavior: Unknown.

Lyrics: Race Of Doom - LyricWikia

Video: None. Live Video None.


External Links:

"Through Being Cool b/w Race of Doom" (Virgin Single) UKb Portugal- Discogs
"Working In The Coal Mine b/w Race Of Doom" (WB Canada Single) - Discogs
"Through Being Cool b/w Race of Doom" (Virgin UK Single) - 45cat
"Working In The Coal Mine b/w Race Of Doom" (WB Single) Japan Mexico - 45cat
Race of Doom (Releases) Album Version (IZ), Demo Version (b), Live Versions: 1981-11-28(Seattle, official), 1981-10-31(NYC, unofficial) - MusicBrainz
Race of Doom (Overview) - AllMusic

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)
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