Song Name: Disco Dancer

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:


Run Time: 4:14

Year Released: 1988 (album version)

Years Performed: (medley*) 1988-1990, 1991 (March 23 only)

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh (lead), The Femmes Devo ("ja" chorus, uncredited)

Trivia / Info:[edit | edit source]

  • Bass sample by Steve Lindsey
  • This is the only song from Total DEVO to receive a music video. Sadly, Enigma failed to effectively promote it, appearing only once on MTV (on a "good or bad" call-in voting show, no less, which doomed the video instantly).

Onstage Behavior:

*This was not played live as a standalone song, it was included in the Somewhere With DEVO suite. Here, it usually began with the normal drum-machine intro and a shout by Mark of "The Femmes Devo!" (Likely a reference to the "Ja" interlude, which in the video was sung by the female and male onstage dancers.)
  • Before the concert, the "Disco Dancer" video would be shown.

Lyrics:

I'm a disco dancer
But I've got no place to go
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
Oh no
I'm a disco dancer, baby
And my feet won't touch the floor
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
Woah, no
I been sleeping twenty years or more
I remember long time ago
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
Ja
Ja
Ja
Ja
I been looking for a dance to do
I been looking for some answers too
Now I'm back to change your minds
Now I'm moving right in time
In a world that's turned unkind
I see what's going on behind my back
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
I'm a disco dancer
And I keep dancing on and on
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
Oh no
I'm a disco dancer, baby
But I think that something's wrong
(I'm a disco boy)
(I'm a disco boy)
Oh no
I been sleeping twenty years and more
I remember long time ago
Now I'm back to change your mind
Now I'm moving right in time
In a world that's turned unkind
I see what's going on behind my back

Video:[edit | edit source]

Two videos were made for the song, one using the 7" Mix, and an extended video using the 12" Mix. Both videos use the same premise and most of the same footage, that of DEVO walking across the country with a disco ball from New York to LA, performing the song in two different venues for cheering crowds. The 12" Mix video includes additional scenes of DEVO walking through Manhattan and downtown Los Angeles. A topless woman can be seen near the end of the 12" Mix video, and so was not aired on TV, instead provided on a promo video cassette sent to nightclubs and other venues.
The 7" Mix video appears on The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
The 12" Mix video has not been released on any home format, but can be found online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa0DB7-jhzI.

Live Video:

References:


External Links:

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)
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