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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. "Time Out For Fun"    2:48
2. "Peek-A-Boo!"    3:01
3. "Out Of Sync"    3:34
4. "Explosions"    3:01
5. "That's Good"    3:23
Side two
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
6. "Patterns"    2:57
7. "Big Mess"    2:42
8. "Speed Racer"  Mark Mothersbaugh 2:38
9. "What I Must Do"    2:34
10. "I Desire"  John Hinckley Jr., M. Mothersbaugh, G. Casale 3:13
11. "Deep Sleep"    3:24
Total length:
32:14
1995 Infinite Zero reissue on CD format adds:
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
12. "Part Of You"    2:49
13. "Find Out"    3:22
14. "Peek-A-Boo!" (Dance Velocity)  4:36
15. "Peek-A-Boo!" (DEVO Dub)  5:24
16. "Here to Go" (Go Mix Version)  5:32
17. "Here to Go" (Here to Dub Version)  5:44

Personnel[]

DEVO[]

Additional Personnel[]

Tour[]

Setlist[]

  1. Time Out For Fun (extended intro)
  2. Patterns
  3. Speed Racer
  4. Big Mess
  5. Peek-A-Boo!
  6. Out of Sync
  7. That's Good
  8. Freedom of Choice Theme
  9. Whip It
  10. Girl U Want (EZ)
  11. Planet Earth
  12. Deep Sleep
  13. Jocko Homo
  14. Mongoloid
  15. Uncontrollable Urge
  16. Gates of Steel
  17. Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA
  18. Gut Feeling
  19. Booji's Beautiful World
  20. Come Back Jonee or Satisfaction
  21. DEVO Corporate Anthem (as tape playback and projection)

Extra Info[]

  • Oh, No! It’s Devo was an album where we leaned into that caricature that people had built for us and wrote from the perspective of fascist clowns. That was our form of retaliation. - Jerry (2020) [1]

Instrumentation and Gear[]

  • This album features acoustic and electronic drum sounds. For tracks that would be played live, a click track was used.

Tour[]

  • The first half of the set (songs before the FOC Theme) were played against a sync video track that was projected behind the band. Alan kept time with the click track and the band interacted with the visuals.
  • Neither Come Back Jonee, Satisfaction, or the DEVO Corporate Anthem were played during the disastrous debut show of this tour and Explosions was played in the second half of the set. The click track was not offest as required for Alan to count the beats and the rest of the tour had no such technical difficulties.
  • The oh, no! it's DEVO tour lasted from 1982-10-30 to 1982-12-31.
  • The "1982-83" "World Tour" – while technically correct - is a joke by Devo. The New Year's Eve '82 show[2] (may have) lasted past midnight, and except for the 1982-11-10 show in Canada, all dates were in the U.S. The many 1982 New Zealand and Australian gigs were part of the New Traditionalists Tour.

Releases[]

  • oh, no! it's DEVO was also released by WB as ¡oh, no! es DEVO – with the album and song titles en español.
  • The most recent CD release is by Warner Music Japan, in 2008, with no bonus tracks.

Outfits[]

  • For details on Devo's 1982 apparel and gear seen live and in album art, navigate to Oh, No! It's DEVO (Outfits).
  • This year DEVO transform their bodies into spuds - as seen in concert, in the "Time Out for Fun" video and on album art. In November Mark talked about his new asymmetrical body - "The good thing is we're now devolving as much as everyone else. Just as an example, (guitarist [,keyboardist]) Bob Casale came to rehearsal the other day and he had grown a couple more pairs of eyes. I looked in the mirror this morning and my body is now asymmetrical. It feels good." - Mark (1982)[3]

References[]

  1. Szatan, Gabriel. (2020, October 27) “We’re Just a House Band on the Titanic”: A Conversation With Devo’s Gerald Casale. Tidal. From archive.org tidal.com/magazine/article/devo-gerald-casale/1-75145

    We were certainly talking about those things, but we were not those things. How could this not be obvious? I was a very sensitive young man at the time, and I could not believe how badly wrong the press were getting us. We received a hard lesson that all aspects of nuance in the media had flown out the window. You could even say we flew too close to the sun and got our wings clipped, becoming pariahs at the same time these hypocritical evangelical hucksters gained moral legitimacy in the early ’80s. Oh, No! It’s Devo was an album where we leaned into that caricature that people had built for us and wrote from the perspective of fascist clowns. That was our form of retaliation.

  2. DEVO Live Guide 1982. 12/31/82 - Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
  3. Graff, Gary (1982, November 05) "Backtrack - It's full speed ahead in reverse for Devo" Detroit Free Press. “extra/weekend” - p1C.
DEVO Live Guide - 1982
"Re-Recording Log - 9/16/82"

External Links[]

Oh, No! It's Devo   (master release) -- Discogs
Oh, No! It's DEVO   (release group) -- MusicBrainz
Oh, No! It's Devo   (overview) -- AllMusic
Oh, No! It's Devo -- Wikipedia
Oh, No! It's DEVO (album lyrics) -- Genius Lyrics
Oh, No! It's DEVO (BPM Profile) -- GetSongbpm
Oh, No! It's DEVO (Harmonic Profile) – GetSongkey


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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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