Song Name: Shrivel Up

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO!, Greatest Misses

Run Time: 3:03 (album version)

Year: 1977

Year Released: 1978 (album version)

Years Performed: 1977, 1978 (Oct. 17 only), 1979, 2009

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale/Mark Mothersbaugh/Bob Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Gerrald V. Casale

Alternate Versions: DOVE Version, Jerry vox mix

Demo Versions: None known

Song Connections:

Trivia / Info:

  • "Buy 'em by the sack" is a reference to a jingle for White Castle hamburgers
  • Mark and Jerry both recorded vocals for this song. Mark recorded a track in Germany during main production, and Jerry recorded a track in America during the mixing process. They both claim responsibility for the vocal track that appears on the album, leading fans to assume that they have just forgotten which take was used in the final mix. The exact answer is still unknown to this day.
    • Mark sings "Shrivel Up" at concerts.
  • Devo did not reduce Brian Eno's production on this song the way they did on several other album tracks.

Onstage Behavior:

well it's a god-given fact (that you can't go back)
it's a god-given law that you're gonna lose your maw
it's a god-given fact you gotta buy 'em by the sack
it's a god-given law that you're gonna get small
may be just another rap but you're running out of sap
well you better take the rap dying under daddy's cap
it's at the top of the list that you can't get pissed
its rule #1 living right isn't fun
time-tested and true you gotta pooty poo-poo  

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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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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