Song Name: General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now

Artist: Devo

Albums: Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology, Duty Now for the Future (bonus track on 2010 WB reissue)

Year Written: 1979

Year Recorded: 1979

Year Released:  2000

Run Time: 1:45

Writing Credits: Gerald Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh

Spoken By: Robert L. Mothersbaugh Sr. as General Boy

Trivia / Info:[]

This spoken-word track, with Minimoog synth backing, was recorded in 1979. It is duplicated in a DNFTF era From the Desk of General Boy letter distributed by Club Devo. The 1981 spoken-word B-side Nu-Tra Speaks incorporates fragments of this letter. General Boy speaks in The Men Who Make the Music, where in the last cutscene he also says the phrase "duty now for the future."
Produced by Devo. Probably Jerry wrote the words and Mark wrote the backing track.

Onstage Behavior: N/A. In TMWMTM, General Boy speaks while seated at his desk.



Transcription of lyrics:
Salutations. Today I feel a sense of urgency as I speak to you for Devo Incorporated: There is a direct connection between Devo's work in the music field and a big wiggly world around us.
You may not be aware of this, but we are in the middle of World War Three. It is not nuclear bombs that we must fear; the weapon is the human mind, or lack of it, on this planet. That will determine our fate.
Capital punishment for airline passengers who attempt to save money; Spud Men in gas lines who forgot that guns don't argue, and tourists attempting to "catch some rays" at Three Mile Island add up to a major attack of corkscrews in the brain.
We must fight back. We must know what we want. We must want what we need, and what we need is Duty Now For The Future.


External Links:

 Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology -

Disc 2, Track 1: General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now -- Discogs

Duty Now For The Future - (2010 WB remaster & reissue) Track #14:

General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now -- Discogs

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
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)
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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