Song Name: Strange Pursuit [ AKA Strange Pursuits]

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Duty Now For The Future

Year Released: 1979

Years Performed: 1979

Run Time: 2:45

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale/Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh (lead), Gerald V. Casale (backing)

Alternate Versions: None Known

Demo Versions: Strange Pursuit (demo) Run Time: 2:31

Song Connections:


  • Titled "Strange Pursuit" on the original WB release and "Strange Pursuits" on some overseas releases.
  • The first two verses are included in the block of lyrics printed on the Duty Now For The Future LP inner sleeve. Mark's recorded vocals have some minor lyric differences.
  • G.V.C.'s backing vocals ("it's a strange pursuit") overlap Mark's vocals in the final verses of the song.
  • Mark sings the first three lines and then his (double-tracked) vocals become increasingly frantic till he shouts the final verses.


Intersecting love lines drew us closer every day
Always kept your distance when you felt my presence near you
Love keeps on rolling over
You'd fly in retreat
I would follow without shame
A stupid spud staggering to the flame
To be had and rehad
An innocent victim of the pain
Now it's strange
It's so strange
(It's a strange pursuit)
(It's a strange pursuit)
(It's a strange pursuit)
I come running like a fat boy
in lead shoes
But like the fat boy
I'm huff puffing after you
It's hopeless to hope for
the one thing that I'm wanting
'cause it's strange, it's so very strange
(It's a strange pursuit)
Darling I'm dazzled
but you know I'm too frazzled!
(It's a strange pursuit)
Taking my mind apart
and lost the little pieces!
(It's a strange pursuit)
You know it's getting tough
when you're getting real rough!
(It's a strange pursuit)
Darling I'm dazzled
but you know I'm too frazzled!
(It's a strange pursuit)
Taking my mind apart
and lost some of the pieces!
(It's a strange pursuit)

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 (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)
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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