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Song Name:  "The Death of Lt. Casanova"

Artist: DEVO

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

Lyrics: Listen

Video: No official video

YouTube. Fan video: "Death Of Lt. Casanova-Devo" uploaded by smartpatrol12

External Links:


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)
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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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