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Song Name: Mechanical Man

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Mechanical Man EP (edit), Hardcore Volume 1

Run Time: 4:23 (album version)

Year Recorded: 1974

Years Performed: 1988, 2014 [1] [2]

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh

Shorter Versions:

Demo Versions: The demo is the official release.

Song Connections: Booji Boy's Funeral (same synth opening line), Mecha-Mania Boy (similar title)

Trivia / Info:[]

Extra Info:[]

"Mechanical Man" appears on the 1978 Mechanical Man EP with the demo tracks "Blockhead", "Blackout", (later titled "Clockout",) "Auto-Modown" and the untitled "hidden track" - "Space Girl Blues".
Discogs – Mechanical Man (EP) – master release
Jerry says it’s a bootleg.
https://www.thevinylguide.com/episodes/ep366-gerald-v-casale-devo-and-beyond
31:43 - " It is a bootleg for real. It is a bootleg. "
On July 16, 2023, a facebook user posted that “A friend wrote something in 2010 about the original release of the EP. I’ve kept his name hidden for privacy but as he’s been around the music business in London for 50 years I don’t have any reason to doubt him.
https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10161239214798319&set=p.10161239214798319
A UK facebook user posted, on 10.09.2010 -
When googling this item, according to some websites it is ‘official’ or ‘semi-official’. Well, it wasn’t. Some members of the group did approve of it after it’s release, but they had nothing to do with it. I did. With the help of a couple of associates. Who are welcome and invited to tag this picture if they so wish (they can’t get us now).

Onstage Behavior:[]

Devo sit and perform in a “basement” stage set.

Lyrics:

I'm a mechanical man
I'm a mechanical man
2 mechanical arms
2 mechanical legs
I'm a 2 + 2 = 4 man
I'm a mechanical man
I'm a mechanical man
I'm a mechanical man
I'm a mechanical man
I'm a mechanical man
I'm a mechanical man
2 mechanical arms
2 mechanical legs
I'm a 2 + 2 = 4 man
Me feel swell, me work well
Me want what you want
Me feel swell, me work well
Me want what you got
Me feel swell, me work well
Me want what you want
Me feel swell, me work well
Me want what you got
Me feel swell, me work well
Me want what you want

Video:[]

Music Video: None.
Videogame Scene: DEVO Presents Adventures of the Smart Patrol.
Live Video: Hardcore DEVO Live! - “Mechanical Man” is the first song performed.

Fan Video: "Mechanical Man [Unofficial Music Video]" by [m1r2k3]. Uploaded to YouTube (2021, April 8).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HTWKCge1Y4

Notes and References:[]

  1. “01/20/88 - Roxy Theatre, Hollywood, CA”. 1985 to 1988. DEVO Live Guide. huboon.com/1985_88.html (From archive.org). “Set - Jocko Homo • Bamboo Bimbo • Mechanical Man. Notes - This was David Kendrick's first performance with DEVO.”
    "06/23/14" to "07/02/14". 2013 to 2014. DEVO Live Guide. huboon.com/2013_14.html (From archive.org).
  2. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "mechanical man".

External Links:[]

AllMusic - "Mechanical Man" - song – Overview
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