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Song Name: Wiggly World

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Duty Now For The Future

Year: 1977

Years Performed: [1] 1977-1979, 2005-2007

Run Time: 2:42 (album version)

Writing Credits: Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh (lead), Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale, Bob Casale (backing)

Alternate Versions:

Demo Versions:

Song Connections:

Trivia / Info:

  • The lyrics include lines from the Devolutionary Oath
  • Live performances from 1978 began with a chant of "D-E-V-O!"
  • After the lyrics "and I do that," Mark replicates the sound of a "mortar blast" with his synth
  • The first Devo song performed in The Men Who Make The Music
  • Added into the set for the 2005 tour, though dropped for much of it due to Josh Freese's broken finger

Onstage Behavior: Lots of jumping around.

Lyrics: LyricWikia

They say the fittest shall survive
Yet the unfit may live
Let 'em wear gaudy colors or avoid display
Hey it don't matter, it's all the same
So I do this and I do that
So I do this and I do that
So I do this and I do that
So I do this and I do that
It's never straight up and down (Bob2 vox)
It's never straight up and down (Bob1 vox)
It's never straight up and down (Jerry vox)
It's never straight up and down (Mark vox)
Oh you got a nickel, I got a dime
I'd like to get to know you, but I haven't got the time
You gotta walk like a mannequin, roll like a tire
Act on reaction, dodge the big spud fryer
So wiggle on the bottom, wiggle on the top
Wiggle up the middle and laugh a lot
'Cause I've been living in a wiggly world
Wiggly world, a wiggly world
I got to tell you, I've been living in a wiggly world now
Wiggly world, a wiggly world
Well I've been living in a wiggly world
Wiggly world, a wiggly world
I got to tell you, I've been living in a wiggly world
Wiggly world, a wiggly world
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Yeah I've been living in a wiggly world, wiggly world
Oh I've been living in a wiggly world, wiggly world
Well I've been living in a wiggly world, wiggly world
Well I've been living in a wiggly world, wiggly world
Well I've been living in a wiggly world, wiggly world
Well I've been living in a wiggly world now, wiggly world
Well I've been living in a wiggly world, wiggly world
Oh, I've been living in a wiggly, wiggly world

Live Video: "Wiggly World" appears on: The Men Who Make The Music   YouTube

References

  1. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "wiggly world".


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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