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Song Name: Midget (AKA "She Didn't Know I Was A Midget")

Artist: DEVO (& as Parcheesi)

Appears On:

  • Hardcore Volume 1, Hardcore (Hardcore Demo Version).
  • Art Devo 1973-1977 "Midget/My Lai Mama (Kent Kove 74)"


Run Time: 2:42 (Hardcore Demo Version)

Year Written: 1974

Year Recorded: 1974

Year Released: 1990 (Hardcore Demo Version)

Years Performed: [1] 1974, 2014 setlist.fm stats

Writing Credits: Bob Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale*

*Bob 1 says he wrote the music and Mark wrote the lyrics.[2]

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale and Bob Mothersbaugh, with Mark Mothersbaugh

Personnel
Gerald V. Casale
Mark Mothersbaugh
Bob Mothersbaugh
Jim Mothersbaugh

Other Versions:

  • Alternate (1974) (2:20)YouTube (archive.org)
  • Midget/My Lai Mama (Kent Kove 74) (5:01) ...Same as Live Version (1974) (archive.org)
  • Bob I Band - Live Version (1992) (last.fm)
  • Live Versions (HARDCORE TOUR 2014) (about 3:00) Youtube.
"Midget" appeared on the Booji Boy's Basement releases "A001 - xxxx-xx-xx - Unreleased Live Songs (Disc 1)" and "D001 - Rare Demos & Unreleased Tracks (Disc 1)" (Performed by DEVO.) and "S016 - The Bob I Band: Live @ The China Club - Los Angeles, CA 1992" (Performed by the Bob I Band.)

Demo Versions: First official release is the demo.

Song Connections:

Trivia / Info:[]

Onstage Behavior: In 2014 performances Devo are seated, stage R to L, Josh drums, Jerry sings and shakes maracas, Bob 1 sings and plays electric guitar, Mark sings and plays keys.
Jerry repeatedly points at the audience while singing “have you got soul?” Bob 1 chews (gum). Josh smiles.

Lyrics: Midget -- LyricWikia (from Archive.org).

Video: The Men Who Make the Music

  • An excerpt of "Midget" is played and talked about in the interstitial video segment titled "Roll Out the Barrel or Rod's Big Reamer".

Rod Rooter: Yeah! She Didn't Know I Was A Midget. That's hot, that's hot! Parcheesi - a new group. Shipped platinum. Huh ho, killer.
Why can't you guys cut stuff like that?
Bob Mothersbaugh: Well, I guess we like ideas.
Rod Rooter: Yeah, well, I guess we like to talk in tonnage.

References:

External Links:

Midget 1990 2013 (Releases) -- MusicBrainz
Midget (Overview) -- AllMusic
See also "Bob 1 Fun Pack [Collection]" at Booji Boys Basement.


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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 (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)
Filmography
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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