Song Name: Shrivel Up
Run Time: 3:03 (album version)
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: Gerald V. Casale
Alternate Versions: DOVE Version, Jerry vox mix
Demo Versions: None known
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.
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