Song Name: Peek-A-Boo!

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Run Time: 3:01 (single/album version)

Year Recorded: 1982 (September)[1]

Year Released: 1982 (single/album version)

Years Performed: [2] 1982, 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2014

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh (lead)

Alternate Versions:

  • Peek 'A' Boo! (EZ)
  • Dance Velocity, DEVO Dub
  • Devo 2.0 version

Demo Versions: Peek-A-Boo (demo)

Song Connections: Might Not Live Forever, I Don't Know What I Do (similar lyrics)

Trivia / Info:[]

  • The early song "I Don't Know What I Do Do" contains the line "if i don't see it, it isn't there"
  • Booji's speech in the Worried Man film clip contains the line "if they can't see it, it isn't there!"
  • This song's music video is the second DEVO video to feature Spazz Attack, this time as the "Evil Clown." (He first featured in Satisfaction and then appeared in Come Back Jonee.) An alternate footage edit was used in the concert backing film
  • At the final verse, after each "Ha! Ha! Ha!," the Pirate onscreen kicks, and a member of DEVO falls down, leaving Jerry standing with his hand to his mouth, shocked.
  • The siren heard in the song is sampled from a personal rape alarm

Onstage Behavior:

  • During the 1982 tour, DEVO performed the song in front of a large screen featuring edited background visuals similar to the interactive music video, and used similar stage choreography. The Pirate kicks Mark down twice, and also Jerry (but not also Bob1 and Bob2, as in the music video).
  • As with other DEVO tour videos, the Peek-A-Boo! backing visuals are edited differently than the music video, and contain clips not seen in the music video, some not suitable for all ages. One addition is a drum break paired with the spasmodic Evil Clown. (see "Live Video" below)
  • DEVO performed to playback on Solid Gold with no backing video. Spazz Attack appeared live as the Evil Clown to mime the Ha Ha Ha's.[3]
  • During performances in 2006, Michael Pilmer walked across the stage during the "Ha! Ha! Ha!" section dressed as Osama Bin Laden.

Lyrics: Peek-A-Boo! - LyricWikia

i can see you
and i know what you do
so put your hands on your face
and cover up your eyes
don't look until i signal
(ha! ha! ha!)  
(ha! ha! ha!)
(ha! ha! ha!)
(ha! ha! ha!)
the way that we weren't is what we'll become
so please pay attention while i show you some
of what's about to happen
i know what you do
cause i do it too
laugh if you want to or say you don't care
if you cannot see it you think it's not there
it doesn't work that way


Appears on We're All DEVO, The Complete Truth About De-Evolution

Live Video:

Officially unreleased. The soundtrack is on A071 and this live video on DVD19.


External Links:

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 (1977) | 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)
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) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
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