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Song Name: Snowball

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Run Time: 2:28 (album version)

Year: 1979

Year Released: 1980 (album version)

Years Performed: [1] 1980, 2009 (Freedom of Choice shows only)

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale

Alternate Versions: Single Remix

Demo Versions: Freedom of Choice Home Version Demo, Instrumental Rough Mix

Song Connections: None

Trivia / Info:
In an interview with Evie Nagy, Mark says he saw a TV documentary about a dung beetle and considered it would be a great effort for the animal.
Developing this song in the studio, the band hopped on one foot to the music, influencing Mark's synth performance.
Jerry says the tempo of the music increased as the song developed.

Onstage Behavior:
Devo hop on one foot four beats with their arms upraised, then switch to the other foot, pogoing until they join in performing the song.
Mark holds a wireless microphone up. Bob 1 holds his guitar with one hand. The drummer is motionless until he starts playing.
The drummer, Jerry and Bob 2 start playing at the same time.
Mark joins in last, then resumes hopping during the synth solos, clapping and changing the microphone from hand to hand in time with the loudest percussion.
Jerry and Bob 2 leap up several times with their arms up and their legs splayed in sync with the big percussive beats at the end of the song.

Lyrics: Snowball - LyricWikia

References:

External Links:

Snowball (recording) MusicBrainz


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Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
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Production
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 (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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