Song Name: Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Live in Central Park, Live at the Observatory, Santa Ana, CA

Year Written: 1974 (Smart Patrol)/1977 (Mr. DNA)

Smart Patrol Performed (without Mr. DNA) 1975,[1] (?also 1976?),

Medly Performed: [2] 1977-1982, 1989-present

Run Time: 6:02 (Album Version)

Writing Credits:

"Smart Patrol": Gerald V. Casale
"Mr. DNA": Gerald V. Casale/Mark Mothersbaugh

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

Alternate Versions: Sometimes Smart Patrol is played without the segue to Mr. DNA

Demo Versions: Smart Patrol (Version 1), Smart Patrol (Version 2) both are from 1974, v. 1 in May, v. 2 in October

Song Connections: The Death of Lt. Casanova (Features similar medley) 

Trivia / Info:Edit

  • The origins of the "Smart Patrol" title can be found in a bootleg from 1974, where Jerry says to an audience member: "Alright. You're a smart prole. Nowhere to go."
The song was originally titled Smart Proletariats, and featured elements from another song played at the concert called "The Death of Lt. Casanova"
  • "Smart Patrol" was first performed in April 1975. Devo performed two sets before each showing of John Water's transgressive film "Pink Flamingos." [3]
    • Devo may also have included this in a November 1975 performance after a movie shown at the "Kiva" in the Kent State University Student Center. An 11/25/1975 Daily Kent Stater ad includes the words "DEVO" (twice) and "soupdujour" (sic). [4]
  • Early demos were recorded with the voices of the DEVO characters Booji Boy, Chinaman, and Clown.

Onstage Behavior:

  • Bob 1 plays the La Baye 2x4 (he calls it his "Mr. DNA" guitar).

Lyrics: Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA  - LyricWikia

He's been with the world
And I’m tired of the soup du jour
He's been with the world
I wanna end this prophylactic tour
Afraid nobody around here
Understands my potato
I think I’m only a Spudboy
Looking for a real tomato
We're the Smart Patrol
Nowhere to go
Suburban robots that monitor reality
Common stock
We work around the clock
We shove the poles in the holes

Wait a minute, something's wrong
He's the man from the past
He's here to do us a favor
A little human sacrifice
It's just supply and demand
Mr. Kamikaze
He's an altruistic pervert
Mr. Kamikaze
He's here to spread some genes
Wait a minute, something's wrong
He's a man with a plan
His finger is pointed at Devo
Now we must sacrifice ourselves
That many others may live
Okay we've got a lot to give
This monkey wants a word with you


  1. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "smart patrol".
  2. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "smart patrol/mr. dna".
  3. DEVO Live Guide - 1973 to 1977 04/04/75 - University Auditorium, Kent State University, Kent, OH - Notes.
  4. Daily Kent Stater 25 November 1975. Page 10 Advertisements Column 1. "DEVO continental Soupdujour Europe and wet look experience Devo Nov. 25 at the Kiva after Teus. Flicks." KSU library online archive.

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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