Song Name: Through Being Cool
- New Traditionalists, Through Being Cool (7" singles), Greatest Hits, Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology, Social Fools: The Virgin Singles 1978-1982 (Album/Single Version)
- New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (Live Version)
Run Time: 3:14 (Album/Single Version)
Year Recorded: 1981
Year Released: 1981
Years Performed: 1981-1982
Sung By: Gerald V. Casale (Co-Lead)/Mark Mothersbaugh (Co-Lead)
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" promoand single 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.
- 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
- Through Being Cool (7" Single)(Master Release) -- Discogs
- "Jerkin' Back'N' Forth (Saltando adelante y atrás) b/w Through Being Cool" (Virgin Promo Single, Spain) -- Devo-Obsesso
- Through Being Cool (Overview) -- AllMusic
- New Traditionalists: Singles -- Wikipedia