Song Name: "The Death of Lt. Casanova"
Appears On: None.
Run Time: 5:33
Year Written: 1974
Year Demo Recorded: Unknown 197?
Year Released: Never
Years Performed: 1974
Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale
Sung By: Gerald Casale (lead), Bob and Mark Mothersbaugh (backing)
Personnel Jim Mothersbaugh (percussion), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar), Mark Mothersbaugh (synthesizer)
Oddly, Gerald does not play bass on this track.
Demo Versions: Unknown
Song Connections: "Smart Patrol" (shared guitar riff, shared synthesizer lines)
Trivia / Info:Edit
- Lt. Casanova, according to the Devo legend, wrote “All of Us”.
- This song was only played once ever, and that was at the Crypt in Akron, Ohio, back in
1974. Luckily there’s a bootleg of that concert, as there is no known studio or home recording of “The Death of Lt. Casanova” to date.
- “Lt. Casanova” was the precursor to “Smart Patrol”.
- Lt. Casanova, in real life, is actually Devo bassist Jerry Casale. Lt. Gerald V.
Casanova is his nickname/alias.
- The Devo legend states that the Lt. was a twentysomething sado-masochist and renowned
artist, known for conceptualizing “the sacrament of pōl and hōl”. He died in 1974 because of what you hear in the song.
Onstage Behavior: Unknown
Video: No official video
- YouTube. Fan video: "Death Of Lt. Casanova-Devo" uploaded by smartpatrol12