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Design[]

Jerry says the idea "originally came from a comic book about a cancellator helmet" that "blocked out babble from the outside world." Jerry was reminded of a type of glass light fixture installed at his grade school in Kent, Ohio.

Fabrication[]

The 3D design of the hat closely followed the original design of the milk white deco ceiling fixture, which was larger, with five tiers. The fixture sides are vertical while the hat tiers are slightly angled - never straight up and down.
Jerry says he "created a prototype of the dome with fabricator Brent Scrivner".* Scrivner manufactured the vacu-formed ABS plastic stage wear and the Club DEVO versions of the hat with input from John Zabruky. Devo book The wooden molden for the Club DEVO version of the energy dome has a metal top with the raised letters "D E V O."
A hard hat liner was added to securely suspend the Energy Dome above the wearer's head. This recommendation was included with Domes purchased by fans.
In later years the hat was made by other manufacturers and the new type of plastic used was thicker and sturdier.

Naming[]

Jerry responded to "a worker in the production factory" who asked if they were making "flower pots," saying they were making "energy domes."*

Intended use[]

The type of energy collected and dispersed by the dome is orgone. DEVO recommends a plastic hard hat liner to suspend the hat above the wearer’s head.
Secure the polyethylene liner to your head with its pinlock or ratchet adjustment of the suspension. The spacing of the hat from the head allows the proper flow of “energy”.
For the unofficial and intended uses of the trademarked plastic hat, see “THE ENERGY DOME - An Explanation” at Devo-obsesso com, illustrated by KRK Ryden.

Official Energy Dome Models[]

Description[]

1980 Performance Domes Thin, white plastic, painted red. Used by band in concert until early 1990s.
1980 Club DEVO Dome[1] Slightly smaller than performance domes, solid red plastic, raised DEVO lettering, small lip around edge. This dome's mold[2] donated to the Punk Rock Museum, Las Vegas, from Bryan Ray Turcotte's collection.[3]
1985 White "Prototype" Dome Used in 1985 Diet Coke ad*
1996 Domes Thin, white plastic, painted red. Based on Club DEVO model dome, slightly smaller than original domes w/out raised lettering.
2000 "Go Monkey Go" Dome White with purple bottom tier, appears in the "Go Monkey Go" music video
2002 Chrome Domes Standard 1996 Energy Dome with chrome tape covering
2002 Charcoal Gray Domes Charcoal gray domes (by Chaser?) used on VH1 "True Spin" show*
2003 Chaser Domes Red plastic. Sized like 1996 Domes.
2004 Blue Chaser(?) Domes Blue plastic domes used for 2004 "Nike Run Hit Wonder" tour shows.
2004 NECA Domes Thin plastic - very flimsy. Color is very pale, almost orange. Considered to be the worst domes made.
2005 Disguise Domes Based on original Club DEVO dome mold, but somewhat thicker, sturdier plastic.
2008 FDOS Design Domes Thick, solid red plastic. Design reverts to 1980 performance dome size.
2008/9 FDOS Design Stage Domes Very thick, solid red plastic, with larger bottom tier. Domes are made with a black insert to make them appear less translucent under stage lighting.

SFE Blue Domes[]

Blue was selected from Mother LA’s 2010 “color study” focus groups. The official blue domes were manufactured[youtube com/@DEVOvision [4]] and premiered at DEVO’s Winter Olympic performance[5] and were added to the “everybody suit”[6] stage wear.
After SFE, DEVO reverted to red domes.

Unofficial Energy Dome Models[]

Description[]

Club DEVO Prototype Dome Solid red plastic, taller than official Club DEVO model, raised DEVO lettering,
Club DEVO Clear Prototype Clear plastic version of official 1980 Club DEVO dome
Black Chaser Dome Energy dome made in black, textured plastic
 2003 Chrome Dome Chaser domes chromed by Nick Ciasullo, only 25 made.
 2007 Multicolor Chrome Domes Custom colored chromed NECA domes made by Nick Ciasullo
2007 FDOS Dome prototypes 1mm thick clear, and black prototypes, 2mm thick red prototype
2008 API Prototypes Black prototype domes by Advanced Plastiform Inc. for mass production

External Links[]

Energy Dome information is at ClubDEVO com, youtube com/@MichaelPilmer[7] and DEVO-Obsesso com - Gear:Plastics[8].
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