Song Name: "Fraulein"

Artist: Take a wild guess. (Cover.)

Appears On: Hardcore Devo: Volume 2

On Unofficial Releases:
  • Ultracore
  • Booji Boy's Basement discs A001, A027, A047, A111, D004

Run Time: 3:10

Year Written: 1974

Year Recorded: 1975, 1977

Year Released: 1991

Years Performed: 1974, 1977, 1988, 2014

Writing Credits:  Mark Mothersbaugh [- Lyrics / Raymond Scott - Music, Uncredited]

Sung By: Gerald Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh


  • On All: Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar), Mark Mothersbaugh (synthesizer), Gerald Casale (bass)
  • 1974 live, 1975 recording: Jim Mothersbaugh (percussion)
    • Gerald did not play bass in the 1974 performance.
  • 1977: Bob Casale (rhythm guitar), Alan Myers (percussion)
  • 1988: David Kendrick (percussion)
  • 2014: Josh Freese (percussion)
    • Bob Casale (Bob2) did not play guitar in the 2014 performances. (Deceased Feb. 17, 2014.)

Alternate Versions: Two.

  • The 1977 recording is an alternate take that was recorded following the arrival of Alan Myers.
  • The 1974 live recording is a very loose and highly mutated version of the song, with absolutely no resemblance to the recording found on Hardcore Devo.

Demo Versions: Exactly.

Song Connections: Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" ("Fraulein" is a barely modified cover version of the instrumental, with lyrics added.)

Trivia / Info:

  • Over a period of 40 years, Devo drummers Jim, Alan, Dave and Josh have each performed this song.

Onstage Behavior:


Well, my Fraulein done told me

When I was in goose steps

She said I would gas them

And now I'm a big man

Filling up autos

That beep at me often

I drop what I'm doing

And wait on them cheerfully

Some choose the big pump

And other's the small

It's a small, small world

And I hear 'em autos call

Well, I'm a big time pumper

And I pump 'em full of my gas

And if you give me static

I'll tell ya blow it up your ass

My station is pretty

I keep it in top shape

The customers dig me

'Cause I got the answers to all of their auto needs

I fix 'em up often

And relieve their tension

'Cause no one wants an auto

That threatens to lose it

The autos come crawlin' into my station

They beep at me always

I stop what I'm doing

And greet them with smiles, I call, "Fill 'er up?"

They yell back "One dollar"

I wipe all the dead bugs

And dirt off their windshield

And connect my big hose

Up to their gas tank

The gas hums as it enters

And fulls up their empty tanks

I do two at a time now

I've developed a technique

My timing is very good

If not always precise

I give them a fair deal

They drive off satisfied

We need each other's business

Without which we could not survive

We like to trade money

Because it means honor

Not like those people

Who are sick and can't touch it

Because they're unhealthy

They leave me cold

I help who I can help

And feel nothing for those who

Don't come to my station

For I'll only tow those who show me their honor

I can't help everybody

And I'm not my brother's keeper

And those who come to me

We huddle together

And despite the weather

We find strength in our circle

I'm very important to the big and the little guy

We all need each other to keep ourselves going

Their auto's all need me

My pump's need their empty tanks and

If the good Lord is willing we shall be here to the end



Pumping each other

Pumping each other

Pumping each other

Pumping each other

Pumping each other

Pumping each other

Pumping each


Official live video: Fraulein is the 5th track performed on the home video release Devo: Hardcore Live!

Recording (audio):

Live (audio):

Live (2014 video): Shot by Michael Pilmer.

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