Mark Mothersbaugh: Vocals, keyboards
Gerry Casale: Vocals, bass
Bob Mothersbaugh: Guitar, vocals
Bob Casale: Keyboards, guitar, vocals
Alan Myers: Drums, percussion
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker.
c.p. 1982 Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
c.p. 1995 Infinite Zero.
Ah, yes, it's too bad that most people remember Devo from "Whip It," because there's so much more to the band than that. Oh, No! It's Devo marked the return of the spuds as being a fun and intelligent band. Devo's previous two albums, Freedom Of Choice and New Traditionalists were great, but they seemed to lack the spontaneity and humor of the band's first two recordings. Oh, No! brings it all back full force.
At first listen, the album could be dismissed as light, techno fluff - a big departure musically from the band's previous guitar-driven work. Guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh is clearly buried in the mix this time around, but he can still be heard noodling in "Explosions" and "Speed Racer," and rocking out in "Peek-A-Boo!." With tracks like "Peek-A-Boo!" and "That's Good," Devo penned the last of their commercial hits, but the rest of the album still deserves a listen. Oh, No! mainly showcases the ability of singer/synthesist Mark Mothersbaugh and bassist/singer Gerry Casale to write infectious tunes, like the irresistible dance-pop satire of "Explosions," with its unforgettable "Yes...Oh Yeah" chorus, or the staccato-based "Big Mess."
However, no Devo record is complete without something bizarre, and Oh, No! is full of such oddities that are strictly Dev-O: The whirring noises in "Out of Sync": the darkly comic "Speed Racer": or "I Desire," which has lyrics lifted from John Hinckley Jr.'s love letter to Jodie Foster - this album simply has it all. It was out of print for a long time, available only on Japanese import, but Infinite Zero put it back on the shelf with all-new packaging, a digital remaster, liner notes by former Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, and six bonus tracks. Regardless of what one thinks of synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines, Oh, No! It's Devo comes highly recommended, so put on your dancin' shoes and those Spud Ring collars.
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