Song Name: Through Being Cool

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Run Time: 3:14 (Album/Single Version)

Year Written:

Year Recorded: 1981

Year Released: 1981

Years Performed: 1981-1982

Writing Credits: Bob Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale/Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale (Co-Lead)/Mark Mothersbaugh (Co-Lead)

Alternate Versions:

Demo Versions:

Song Connections: Through Being Cool (Intro Music)-(on BBB release D002)

Trivia / Info:Edit

  •  TBC includes a simulated, synthesized sound of a descending mortar or bomb.
  • Performed on the tour supporting the NT album, preceded in the setlist by "Going Under" and followed by "Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth".
  • The Virgin 7" single releases paired "Through Being Cool" with "Race Of Doom"
  • The WB 7" promo[1]and single[2] releases listed a 3:08 "Dance Velocity" version but were pressed with the album version. A fan-made "Dance Velocity" version is on Booji Boy's Basement release "S051 - Make Me Dance (Disc 3)."
  • During the "Taarna" segment of the animated film "Heavy Metal," an edit of the album version is used as background music, played by a four-piece bar band. (One member of that band looks similar to Booji Boy.)
  • Devo re-recorded TBC for its inclusion in Rock Band 3.

Onstage Behavior:

Arrayed on the spotlit stage from left to right are Alan, GVC, Mark, Bob 1, and Bob 2, wearing the Nu-Tra Pomp and uniform. Alan drums, GVC and Mark dance and sing into microphones, Bob 1 plays guitar, and Bob 2 plays an array of synths. Mark plays the synth solos.
GVC, Mark, and Bob1 perform near and on long treadmills leading into the stylized facade of a Greek temple. Stylized illustrations are rear-projected onto large screens hung between the temple pillars.

Lyrics: Through Being Cool -- LyricWikia


Appears on We're All DEVO, The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
Through Being Cool (legendado) YouTube

Live Video:

(Unofficial) Live in Denver '81 - Through Being Cool (from a Colorado[1] PBS TV production)YouTube


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External Links:

Through Being Cool (7" Single)(Master Release) -- Discogs
"Through Being Cool b/w Race Of Doom" (Virgin Single) -- 45cat
"Jerkin' Back'N' Forth (Saltando adelante y atrás) b/w Through Being Cool" (Virgin Promo Single, Spain) -- Devo-Obsesso
Through Being Cool (Releases) Album Version - (US/UK)(Japan), Live Version -- MusicBrainz
Through Being Cool (Overview) -- AllMusic

New Traditionalists: Singles -- Wikipedia

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
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)
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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