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Song Name: A Plan For U

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Hardcore Volume 2. "A Plan for U [Early Version]"(2:27) appears on Art Devo 1973-1977

Run Time: 3:11 (Compilation Version)

Year Written: 1974

Year Released: 1991 (Compilation Version)

Years Performed: 1977 setlist.fm stats

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale (Lead Vocals) / Mark Mothersbaugh (Spoken Intro)

Trivia / Info:

  • An "extended edit" of APFU appears on Booji Boy's Basement release D001 - Rare Demos & Unreleased Tracks (Disc 1).
  • Performed in 1977 at the Starwood in West Hollywood, California, as the closing song in Devo's set.
  • Mark's spoken intro, "a plan for u," is heard before a short edit of Freedom Of Choice (Early Version) (which was sourced from a bootleg MP3 that also contains the full 8 minute long early version of the song FOC).

Onstage Behavior: Unknown

Alternate/Demo/Edit Versions:

Song Connections:

Lyrics:

(spoken:) Plan for u.    A plan for u.
(sung:)
Weave to the left bob to the right
Or you'll be a flat tire on the freeway of life
Go get active, change your luck
Lay with yatta yattas and treat em rough
Come your turkey, drop your load
Please don't let the tin man get your goat
Stay horizontal don't look back
If you do you'll give your mom and dad
A heart attack
Check your oil change your mind
Keep it up like a pup
Your battery will go before u know what's up
Look for a socket wear flesh-colored pants
Big babies go the distance in wrap-around fat
Dig your diddle clean your nose
When trouble gets behind you keep your
Back door closed
Okay so you're skinny its a hard-edged game
Jellymen are weak links on the daisy chain
Sleep on you belly, reach for the sky
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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 (1978) | 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) | Art Devo 1973-1977  (2023)
Filmography
In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution (1976) | 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) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
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