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Song Name: Beautiful World

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: New Traditionalists, E-Z Listening Disc, Greatest Hits, Hot Potatoes, The Adventures of the Smart Patrol Soundtrack, Recombo DNA, Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology, Live in Central Park, this is the DEVO box, Live 1981 Seattle (2013 release), Social Fools: The Virgin Singles 1978-1982, 50 Years Of De-Evolution (1973-2023) (2023 remaster)

Run Time: 3:33 (Album Version)

Year Released: 1981

Years Performed: 1981-1982, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1999, (2000) 2001, 2004-2005, *(2006) 2007 to 2014, 2019, 2021-present setlist.fm stats

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale

Alternate Versions: Booji's Beautiful World, TechnoDEVO Version, Devo 2.0 Version, Jihad Jerry's Beautiful World, Beautiful World (Redux)

Demo Versions: Beautiful World (Demo)

Song Connections:

Trivia / Info:[]

  • The song's vocals were performed in a style to emulate Stan Ridgway of Wall of Voodoo.
  • Beautiful World was re-recorded for an television commercial for Target.
  • Beautiful World was re-recorded with "real drums & real bass in 2020"[1]and the tracks "Beautiful World (Redux)" & "(Redux Instrumental)" were issued on cassette and 7" vinyl.[2]
  • En Español, "It's a beautiful world" is "Es un mundo hermoso".[3] and issued on cassette and 7" vinyl

Onstage Trivia:

  • Live versions often include the riff from the original version of Satisfaction.
  • Typically sung live by Booji Boy. (See "Booji's Beautiful World.")
  • In concert, G.V.C. may start the song but he lets Booji Boy finish it. Booji speaks his mind at the end of the song.
  • *In 2006, Jihad Jerry performed Beautiful World in concert.

Lyrics:

It's a beautiful world we live in
A sweet romantic place
Beautiful people everywhere
The way they show they care
Makes me want to say
It's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world
For you, for you, for you
It's a wonderful time to be here
It's nice to be alive
Wonderful people everywhere
The way they comb their hair
Makes me want to say
It's a wonderful place
It's a wonderful place
It's a wonderful place
For you, for you, for you
Hey — tell me what I say
(guitar solo)
Boy 'n' girl with the new clothes on
You can shake it to me all night long
Hey, hey
(guitar solo)
It's a beautiful world we live in
A sweet romantic place
Beautiful people everywhere
The way they show they care
Makes me want to say
It's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world
For you, for you, for you
It's not for me
It's a beautiful world
For you
It's a beautiful world
For you
It's a beautiful world
For YOU
It's a beautiful world
Not ME
It's a beautiful world, it's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world, it's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful, beautiful world
It's a beautiful, beautiful world
It's a beautiful, beautiful world

Video:[]

Music Video[]
Appears on We're All DEVO, The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
  • Directed by Gerald Casale, this video notably uses dissonant imagery created by the cross-cutting of archival footage, enhancing the song's impact.   YouTube
  • Jerry said, it was decided to make a collage-style underground 60's film piece that would proceed smoothly from comedy to grim irony..."[4]
Live Video[]
"Beautiful World" appears on the official DVD Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig
and the semi-official streaming Live at the Observatory, Santa Ana, CA   YouTube

References[]

  1. Post by DEVO to Facebook, (2022, September 14).
    https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=643725183782467&set=a.198137455007911

    "We have our sponsor Golden Robot Records from Australia to thank for this!"

  2. https://www.discogs.com/master/3204423-Devo-Beautiful-World-Redux

    Personnel: Mark Mothersbaugh (keys), Robert Mothersbaugh (electric guitar), Gerald Casale (electric bass guitar), Robert Casale (keys), Jeff Friedl (acoustic drums).
    https://www.discogs.com/master/3204423-Devo-Beautiful-World-Redux/image/SW1hZ2U6ODU1NTM1NjM=

    https://web.archive.org/web/20221208194242/https://devo-obsesso.com/html/news_pgs/devotional_2022/sat_7inch-black.html

  3. YouTube. "devo - beautiful world (subtitulado al español)" uploaded by Guillermo Soto.
  4. Gerald V. Casale. "Devo: a video history". Optic Music. (1984, August).

    And then there's "Beautiful World." It is my personal favorite because it's simple, direct and effective — therefore ideal for repeat viewing. Everything followed logically from the decision to create a collage-style piece that would proceed smoothly from comedy to grim irony during the course of the song; against its lyrics and melody. It worked from start to finish as planned, based upon the footage Chuck Statler and I were able to gather on a budget.
    "Beautiful World" was finished long before Atomic Cafe was released and embodies a similar sensibility.


External Links:[]

"Beautiful World" (releases) MusicBrainz
"Beautiful World" (overview) AllMusic
"Beautiful World by Devo" Songfacts


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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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