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A double-CD collection of DEVO demos from 1978 to 1986 plus two live songs. It was released in 2000 as a mail-order-only item from Rhino Handmade in a limited edition of 5000.

The record features several songs that were previously unheard, and a decision was made that the record would not repeat material that had previously been bootlegged.

Disc 1Edit

  1. Recombo DNA (2:08)
  2. The Words Get Stuck In My Throat (LIVE) (5:27)
  3. Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin') (DEMO) (2:16)
  4. Be Stiff (ALTERNATE MIX) (2:43)
  5. Pink Pussycat (DEMO) (4:08 )
  6. Goo Goo Itch (ALTERNATE VERSION) (2:25)
  7. Strange Pursuit (DEMO) (2:31)
  8. The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise (DEMO) (3:32)
  9. Bushwhacked (4:39 )
  10. Girl U Want (DEMO ALTERNATE VERSION) (3:01)
  11. Turn Around (DEMO ALTERNATE VERSION) (2:12)
  12. Snowball (DEMO ALTERNATE VERSION) (2:49)
  13. Luv & Such (2:53)
  14. Gates Of Steel (DEMO ALTERNATE VERSION) (3:28)
  15. Planet Earth (DEMO ALTERNATE VERSION) (3:16)
  16. Whip It (DEMO ALTERNATE VERSION) (2:38)
  17. Cold War (DEMO ALTERNATE VERSION) (2:33)
  18. Time Bomb (3:13)
  19. That's Pep (DEMO ALTERNATE VERSION) (2:31)
  20. Make Me Dance (2:16)
  21. Gotta Serve Somebody (Performed By DOVE) (6:30)
  22. I Saw Jesus (1:30)
  23. Psychology Of Desire (Early Version Of The Super Thing) (4:22)
  24. You Say You Got A Problem (Early Version Of Pity You) (2:58)

Disc 2Edit

  1. Beautiful World (DEMO) (3:44)
  2. Race Of Doom (DEMO) (3:43)
  3. I Desire (DEMO) (3:18)
  4. Big Mess (DEMO) (2:48)
  5. The 4th Dimension (ALTERNATE VERSION ROUGH MIX) (4:19)
  6. Here To Go (ALTERNATE VERSION ROUGH MIX) (3:17)
  7. Some Things Don't Change (2:55)
  8. Big Adventure (2:45)
  9. No Noise (2:49 )
  10. Love Is Stronger Than Dirt (2:11)
  11. Faster And Faster (2:48)
  12. Modern Life (3:05)
  13. The Only One (DEMO) Vocal By TONI BASIL (4:06)
  14. Baby Doll (DEMO) (3:36 )
  15. Some Things Never Change (DEMO) (3:36)
  16. Plain Truth (DEMO) (3:59)
  17. Happy Guy (DEMO) (3:37)
  18. Somewhere With Devo (STUDIO VERSION DEMO) (18:24)

NotesEdit

  • Disc 1 contains most of the Freedom of Choice record in demo versions. It lacks "Freedom of Choice", "It's Not Right", "Ton O' Luv", and "Don't U Know"; but it contains "Turn Around" (the B-side to "Whip It") and Freedom outtakes "Time Bomb" and "Make Me Dance".
  • "Luv & Such" and "Psychology of Desire" are early versions of "Mr. B's Ballroom" and "The Super Thing" with different lyrics.
  • "Big Adventure" and "No Noise" are the same song with different lyrics. "Big Adventure" is sung by Mark Mothersbaugh, while "No Noise" is sung by Jerry Casale.
  • "No Noise" features Jerry Casale's highest documented note without lapsing into falsetto. After the music ends, he can faintly be heard muttering, "I sure as fuck hope it recorded that time."
  • "Love is Stronger Than Dirt" and "Modern Life" do not appear to fit the style of Oh No! It's DEVO! or Shout, suggesting a different tone for studio album #6, prior to Devo's acquisition of the Fairlight CMI.
  • "Somewhere with Devo", lasting 18:24, is Devo's longest song. It lasts just over half as long as the entire Shout record.
  • Altogether, the album represents Hardcore Devo through to Total Devo, but curiously does not contain any material from Smooth Noodle Maps.

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DEVO
Mark Mothersbaugh | Gerry Casale | Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Lewis | Bob Casale | Jim Mothersbaugh | Alan Myers | David Kendrick | Josh Freese & Jeff Friedl
Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discover | Rhino | MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct 
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)
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 (2003) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005)
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History | Bootlegs | Booji Boy | Devolution | Influence | The Wipeouters | Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers | Devo 2.0 | Akron, Ohio | Music Videos | Cover Versions | Outfits

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