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Song Name: Psychology of Desire

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Recombo DNA, Warner Bros. reissue of New Traditionalists

Run Time: 4:23

Year Written: 19xx

Year Recorded: 198x

Year Released: 2000

Years Performed: Not performed live.

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale (Lead),Bob 2?(Backing)

Demo Versions: The official release is a demo.

Song Connections: The Super Thing (Instrumentals and some lyrics)

Trivia / Info:[]

  • Early version of The Super Thing
  • Mark's friend in the Plastics told him the album "Freedom Of Choice" had been translated to "Psychology Of Desire" in Japan.[1]
  • “When DEVO sings a love song it’s more like the psychology of desire. We talk about love from our point of view.” - Mark (2010).[2]

Lyrics: Psychology Of Desire -- LyricWikia

Video: None.

Fan Video: “Devo: The Superman Thing" by NoelArtMedia, uploaded to YouTube (2011, January 18).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8uQIOkTPXw
"The Super Thing (Psychology of Desire Mashup)"

Live Video: This song was not performed live.

References:

  1. Tina Benitez-Eves. "Devo on Bowie, Leaving Miles Davis Unimpressed, and Working with Soundgarden, Foo Fighters". American Songwriter. (2021, October 26).
    "Upon recording Freedom of Choice, the band immediately went on tour in Japan, and while there, Mothersbaugh ran into his friend Hajime Tachibana of The Plastics, who told him that their album was translated as Psychology of Desire."

  2. Melissa Parker. “Mark Mothersbaugh Interview: They Are DEVO! New Wave Pioneers Return with 'Something for Everybody'.“ Interviews. Smashing Interviews Magazine. (2010, September 2).
    https://smashinginterviews.com/interviews/musicians/mark-mothersbaugh-interview-they-are-devo-new-wave-pioneers-return-with-something-for-everybody (https://archive.ph/qHboV#selection-973.289-973.400)

Related:

Rukmini Bhaya Nair. "Epithymetics: The Psychology of Desire". Psychology: Volume 1, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. 2019. (pp.204-270).
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338767043_Epithymetics_The_Psychology_of_DesireThe_Psychology_of_Desire

“The key features of desire as a social psychological construct are delineated. The triangular relationship between the thrills of consumerism, the excitements of the market, and desires both bodily and mental is analysed.”

External Links:

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