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Track listing[]

All songs written and composed by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, except where noted. 

Side one
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Through Being Cool"  Gerald Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Mothersbaugh 3:14
2. "Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth"    3:05
3. "Pity You"  M. Mothersbaugh 2:47
4. "Soft Things"    3:27
5. "Going Under"    3:26
Side two
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
6. "Race of Doom"    3:44
7. "Love Without Anger"    2:37
8. "The Super Thing"    4:21
9. "Beautiful World"    3:35
10. "Enough Said"  M. Mothersbaugh, G. Casale, General Boy 3:26
Total length:
33:28
Japanese CD issue adds:
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
11. "Working In The Coalmine"  Allen Toussaint 2:53
1997 Infinite Zero CD reissue adds:
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
12. "Mecha-Mania Boy"    2:48
13. "Nu-Tra Speaks (New Traditionalist Man)"  Gerald Casale 1:39
2010 Warner Brothers CD reissue adds:
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
11. "Nu-Tra Speaks (New Traditionalist Man)"  G. Casale 1:40
12. "One Dumb Thing"    2:46
13. "Modern Life"  M. Mothersbaugh 3:05
14. "Faster And Faster"  M. Mothersbaugh 2:50
15. "Psychology Of Desire" (Demo)  4:23
16. "It's A Beautiful World" (E-Z Listening Version)  3:12

Personnel[]

Additional[]

  • Robert L. Mothersbaugh Sr. - lyrics

Production[]

Music Videos[]

Through Being Cool (video)
Love Without Anger (video)
Beautiful World (video)

Tour[]

Setlist[]

  1. NuTra Theme
  2. Going Under
  3. Through Being Cool
  4. Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth
  5. Soft Things
  6. Pity You
  7. Girl U Want
  8. Planet Earth
  9. Whip It
  10. Race of Doom
  11. Set Change Countdown
  12. The Super Thing
  13. Uncontrollable Urge
  14. Mongoloid
  15. Jocko Homo
  16. Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA
  17. Gut Feeling
  18. Gates of Steel
  19. Booji's Beautiful World
  20. Working In The Coalmine (pre-recorded music bed, live vocals)
  21. DEVO Corporate Anthem (projection and tape playback)

Extra Info[]

Production and Songwriting

  • In addition to Alan's acoustic drums, some tracks included sounds from a Linn brand LM-1 and LM-2 (and reportedly a Vox Drumbox)[1] For instance a Linn can be heard on the track "The Super Thing" - whose drum track was sampled for the later "Watch Us Work It." Alan can be seen with a LM-1 in the "Beautiful World" video (although the track also featured acoustic drums).
  • DEVO: Unmasked. page 152. “Thanks, General Boy” reveals that Robert Mothersbaugh, Sr. submitted lyrics to DEVO and that his lyrics for “Enough Said” were used.
  • This is the last album by Devo to have the phrase, "a subsidiary and licensee of Warner Bros. Inc.," on the back cover. However, cassettes by the band continued to use this phrase until 1984.

Design

  • The NuTra Pomp was based on John F. Kennedy's hairdo as seen in a commemorative postage stamp.
  • New Traditionalists was released by Virgin Records with alternate album design.
  • A color poster was included with the album. The illustration is credited to the Church of the SubGenius
    Jerry said people pictured in the poster represent old and new traditions.[1]
    The characters pictured in this poster also appear in other DEVO media.
    Triple ball (topiary) trees were pictured in the poster and were included in the Virgin album cover photo and onstage at some performances. The trees also appear in Jerry's "Invisible Man" video.

Music Videos

  • The three videos were all filmed in 16mm within "a single week's production time."[2]

Notes and References[]

  1. Betty Sherman. "The DEVO Dilemma: How do you tell the world it really only deserves potatoes when someone's got it convinced it should expect stuffing?". Boston Rock. (1981).

    "...The album includes a fascinating poster. In a pastoral setting, the five Devos (with three babies) are in fighting position on the top of a hill, about to be engulfed by an endless crowd from which a few members are picked out in detail.
    Jerry: 'Most of the people in that poster, the ones who want to kill us, represent individual manifestations of old traditions: fat men in double-knit suits preaching born-again Christianity, neurotic consumer housewives wielding rolling pins alienating their children and their husbands, groovy cowboys, groovy peace-medallion-wearing hippies, devolved punks and pirates, and then The Wad, the big wad that follows them.
    Those people, each in his own way, represent old traditions: fear, superstition, guilt, and sin.
    The kind of things the society's based on: work, disease, and punishment.
    We're tired of those traditions, and we're trying to suggest alternatives to the way of thinking that leads people to those kind of ends, leads them to live those kinds of lives'
    ."

  2. Gerald V. Casale. "Devo: a video history". Optic Music. (1984, August).

    "For the videos of the three songs selected from the New Traditionalist LP, we opted for reliable 16mm film. We didn't want to increase the variable beyond the fact that we were shooting three songs in a single week's production time...
    On all these songs, various elements were combined with the live-action footage, transferred to 1" videotape and assembled with state-of-the-art post-production techniques at Compact Video.
    "


External Links[]

New Traditionalists (Master Release) -- Discogs
New Traditionalists (Release Group) -- MusicBrainz
New Traditionalists (Overview) -- AllMusic


New Traditionalists -- Wikipedia
New Traditionalists (BPM Profile) -- GetSongbpm
New Traditionalists (Harmonic Profile) – GetSongkey


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