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Song Name: Space Junk

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Run Time: 2:13 (album version)

Year Written: 1976

Year Released: 1978

Performed: 1976-1977, 2009 [1]

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale/Bob Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale (lead), Bob Mothersbaugh (backing)

Alternate Versions: None known

Demo Versions: Space Junk (demo)

Song Connections:  Timing X (some similar music)

Trivia / Info:

  • The song was "ripped" from a headline in the Akron Beacon Journal in 1975 [2]
  • Devo did not reduce Brian Eno's production on this song the way they did on several other album tracks.
    • A beeping transmission can be heard as the locations are listed by Jerry and when he sings "it keeps coming" a distorted voice can be heard in the background (at about 1:21 to 1:32).[3] Eno may be referring to Gary Usher's production of the alien voice, done with reverse tape effects and an electronic oscillator, that is heard in the latter half of track "CTA-102" by the Byrds (at 1:56", YouTube).
  • Performed for the first time since 1977 on May 6th, 2009 at "All Tomorrow's Parties"
  • The story begun in "Space Junk" continues in "The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize," according to a music critic


Onstage Behavior:

  • The band moves to emphasize the beat as Jerry sings the list of locations. For example, Mark repeatedly lifts his arms.

Lyrics:

Well she was walking all alone
Down the street in the alley
Her name was Sally
I never touched her, she never saw it
When she was hit by - space junk
When she was hit by - space junk
When she was hit by - space junk
"In New York, Miami beach
Heavy metal fell in Cuba
Angola, Saudi Arabia
On Christmas eve", said Norad
A Soviet Sputnik hit Africa
India, Venezuela, in Tex-as, Kans-as
It's falling fast Peru too
It keeps coming, it keeps coming, it keeps coming!
And now I'm mad about - space junk
I'm all burned out about - space junk
Walk and talk about - space junk
It smashed my baby's head - space junk
And now my Sally's dead - space junk

References:

  1. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "space junk".
  2. YouTube. 11/15/2009 - "Space Junk" G.V.C.'s song introduction.
  3. YouTube."Space Junk (Remastered)" Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group

External Links:

Space Junk (releases) MusicBrainz
Timing X / Space Junk (releases) MusicBrainz


DEVO
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
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)
Related Articles
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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