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Song Name: Soo Bawls AKA Soo Bawlz

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Hardcore Volume 1 (demo version)

Run Time: 2:40 (demo version)

Year Recorded: 1977 (demo version)

Year Released: 1990 (demo version)

Years Performed: [1] 1976-1979, 2014

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh (lead), Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale (backing)

Alternate Version: "Blue Balls" (proto-version)

Single Version: "Soo Bawlz" -  Run Time: 2:22, Recorded: '78-'79, Released: 1979

Live Version: "Soo Bawls" (live) -  Run Time: 3:50, Recorded: 1977, Released: 1992

Song Connections:

Some similarities to "Blockhead."
"Huboon Stomp" also mentions huboons.
Usually performed after "Timing X."

Trivia / Info:Edit

  • The only known time "Soo Bawls" was not performed after "Timing X" was a February, 1977 show at the Crypt in Akron, Ohio.  On BBB release A047.
  • Rykodisc titles this song "S00 Bawls" on the 1990 release, replacing the letter "O" with zero in the word "Soo."
  • Susan "Sue" Massarro Aylward wrote in a Sept. 28, 2001 e-mail interview by Jade Dillenger that Mark originally sang "blue balls" instead of "soo bawls" and that when Sue "teased" Mark about writing a song for her, he changed the "blue balls" lyric to "soo bawls."
  • This song most often titled "Soo Bawlz," the name of the first released version.
  • Bob1 and Jerry are seen singing the "Soo Bawls" chorus on the HARDCORE TOUR 2014. [2]
  • Booji Boy's Basement has several live audio recordings of this song, such as on A006, A048A069 and A108.

Onstage Behavior:Edit

  • When Bob 1 and Jerry sing the "Soo Bawls" chorus, Mark faces them and puts his hand to his ear.

Lyrics:

PRETTY LITTLE MONGO EVERYBODY WANTS HER TOILET
SAME OLD STORY SHE WON'T LET NOBODY NEAR IT
THE WAY SHE TEASES THEM
IT'S SUCH A SHAME
SHE'S GOT ALL THE HUBOONS CRYING OUT HER NAME
SOO BAWLS SOO BAWLS
SHE'S GOT EM HOWLING
SHE'S GOT EM GROWLING
SOO BAWLS SOO BAWLS
SHE'S GOT EM GOING CLEAN OUT OF THEIR MINDS
SOO BAWLS SOO BAWLS
THERE AIN'T A MAN IN TOWN WHO WOULDN'T HAVE HER FOR HIS DAUGHTER
THEY'D ALL TRADE THEIR BRAINS FOR ONE TASTE OF HER TOILET WATER
1-2-3-4 TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT SHE WORE
THEY'RE ALL TRYING HARD TO CALL HER UP
BUT HER PHONE'S BEEN DISCONNECTED SINCE SHE SOLD HER BUTT

References:

  1. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "soo bawls".
  2. Fan video by Zachary Gaar. "DEVO - Timing X / Soo Bawlz (HARDCORE TOUR 2014) Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall." Soo Bawlz starts at 1:47.

External Links:

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Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discovery | Rhino 
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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) | 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)
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 (2004) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
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