From: Jonathan C. Dunn (Jonathan C.
(The interviewer asked a question like 'How do you see yourselves?')
Mark: Concerned citizens reporting the news of de-evolution.
AGR: Devo's always had a somewhat futuristic image. Have you been influenced by
animation or comics?
Mark: Absolutely not at all...No - (laughs)
[Clip of 'Whip It']
'I'll tell you something. The red hats, the energy domes that we used to wear
were inspired by a 'Little Lulu' comic where there was a martian who came down and he had
a 'cancellator helmet' that was very similar-looking.
[Shot of Little Lulu holding what looks like an arch of sod over her head as
rocks bounce off]
'We even owe the name of the the band to a comic. There was a 'Wonder Woman'
comic where we first saw a mad scientist who had an 'evolution/devolution machine' where
he'd push it forward and somebody who was inside the machine - their head would look like
a lightbulb, then he'd pull the switch back and then their head would shrink back to
normal and then they would devolve into an ape.
'I definitely still read comic books. I have a comic book collection actually.
The things that I'm most drawn to are mostly Japanese animation. I like the books.
['Art vs. Commerce' in big green letters]
'We thought that 'sound and music' [sic] would destroy rock and roll and we
could move on to a new art form, but instead rock and roll co-opted 'sound and vision' and
just turned out something called MTV which to me is just like one big -
AGR: Well, music doesn't exist anymore.
Mark: Well, it's just a big commercial for the record companies.
AGR: Who in your opinion in the world of rock-and-roll is the most like a comic
Mark: Well I'd say ya know...I don't know if you remember them but from about
ten years ago there was this band called 'The Archies'. I think they would have made an
excellent comic book.
[Shot of Archie comic]
'The thing about rock-and-roll is that it's all 'Spinal Tap'. It's ALL 'Spinal
Tap' - it's all ridiculous - it's all funny on some level.
[Clip of 'Beautiful World' with Boojie Boy]