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Song Name: Watch Us Work It   (Teddybears Mix)

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Digital Download, Watch Us Work It (EP)

Year: 2007

Performed Live: Never

Run Time: 2:13

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale/Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh (Lead), Gerald V. Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh (Backing)

Shorter&Longer Versions: TV ad edit (1 minute), TV ad edit (30 seconds), Longer Ending Version

Alternate Versions: Still Workin' Version, Karaoke Version

Demo Versions: Original Demo, DEVOtional Demo

Song Connections: The Super Thing (same drum beat)

Trivia / Info:Edit

  • First appeared in a TV commercial called "Engine" for Dell Computers, [1] developed by a five-person team at Mother New York[2]
  • Uses the drum beat from The Super Thing
  • Devo's first new song released as a single in 17 years [3]
  • The art on the digital single was illustrated by Scrojo. The ad agency Mother did the sleeve artwork of the 12" single/EP
  • An edit of the "Still Workin' Mix" version was played on the Nick Jr. show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" with Mark, Jerry, Bob1, and Bob2 in an accompanying video

Onstage Behavior: N/A - Not performed live

Lyrics: [4]

drums! rock steady!
bass: keep it tight!
lead. do it now! hey!
i thought i heard somebody say
"that dog ain't goin' home" until he gets his bone
hey! they said that way he'd be ok
"so when he's home alone" he'd bark "ain't nothin' wrong!"
now, watch us work it
work it out
watch us work it
work it inside out
(aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!)
baby we can work it out, let's put it back together
hey! my baby said to me
"i feel so devo"
i don't know what to do
hey! it's ok because she's free
"how low can you go?"
that's really up to you!

Video:Edit

References:

  1. AdWeek July 26, 2007 article by Kamau High. "Mothersbaugh, Dell Make Their Mark"
  2. TheInspirationRoom.com. August 7, 2007 article. "Dell Engine Works It with Devo - Credits".
  3. AdTunes.com. August 26, 2007 article. "Devo Works Dell" Internet Archive.
  4. (blog). love without anger: gaming/film/music. Watch Us Work It (12") (2008) Image of lyrics printed in the MVDaudio 12" single release.

External Links:

"Watch Us Work It" (master release) -- Discogs
"Watch Us Work It" (release group) -- MusicBrainz
"Watch Us Work It" (overview) -- AllMusic
"Watch Us Work It" -- Wikipedia article


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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