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Song Name: That's Good

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Live at the Observatory, Santa Ana, CA (live versions)

Run Time: 3:23 (album version)

Year Released: 1982 (album version)

Years Performed: 1982, 1988-1991, 1996-1999, 2001, 2003-2014, 2019, 2021-present[1] setlist.fm stats

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale

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

Alternate Versions: Alternate Versions:
7” Single Edit (2:59),
12” Extended Version (5:06),[2] Discogs
12” Disconet Remix [3] AKA Extended Edit,
E-Z Listening Version (3:36),
Live "TechnoDEVO" Version (4:13),
Devo 2.0 Version (3:22)

Demo Versions: That's Good (demo)
Officially unreleased.
Appears on Booji Boy's Basement release D003.

Song Connections: In Heaven Everything is Fine, cover song - (similar lyrics)

Trivia / Info:[]

  • The music video for this song was banned by MTV due to the visual juxtaposition of a french-fry penetrating a Donut, and a smiling girl. MTV would only air an edited version.
  • Jerry sings backing vocals on the lyrics "that's good" and "everybody."
  • The french fry and donut are discussed in Jerry’s 1972 treatise “Polymer Love.”
  • The french fry and donut appear on a 1983 picture disc. This 12” promo is the only single release of the 3:23 album version.[4]
  • A version of this song was re-recorded for Devo 2.0, and includes some small lyric changes.

Onstage Behavior:

  • During the 1982 tour, DEVO performed the song in front of a backdrop featuring the background visuals from the music video, and used similar stage choreography.
  • Alan stands at his drum pads with a wide stance, as in the music video.
  • During the 1982 tour, Mark Mothersbaugh thrusted his hips during the "explosion" sound effect. In performances from 1988 to present Mark pretended to "fire" his microphone at the audience.

Lyrics:

everybody it's a good thing
everybody wants a good thing
everybody ain't it true that
everybody's looking for the same thing
ain't it true there's just no doubt
may be some things that you can't do without
and that's good
ain't it true as the sun that shines
you got yours and you got mine
and that's good
everybody's just like you it's true
everybody wants a good thing too
now let's have a great big hand
for everybody who can understand
life's a bee without a buzz
it's going great till you get stung
and let us not forget to toast
everyone who might have missed the boat
and to everybody else who waits
until the next one sails in again
everybody it's a good thing
ain't it true it's a monumental good thing

Video:[]

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

Live Video:

DEVO performs "That's Good" on Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun
Clips from the "That's Good" music video were incorporated, with other footage, as a tour film projected while DEVO performed this song onstage. YouTube

References:

  1. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "that's good".
  2. stefanlast (uploader). (2023, October 21). Devo - That’s Good (extended version) (Exclusive promo only version) [Video]. YouTube. youtube.com/watch?v=lNZSCGnVA_I
  3. "That's Good" (Extended Edit) Mix by Mike Wilkinson AKA Valapucci. (5:29) Disconet Program Service. Volume 5, Program 9, Side A. (Song One.) 153 BPM. youtube.com/watch?v=ix1CwHgzbV0
    and Disconet Greatest Hits Volume 4. [2009 Bootleg]. b1.DEVO - THAT'S GOOD (DISCONET REMIX).Discogs
  4. That’s Good 3:23 (Album Version) b/w Speed Racer (Long Edit) 3:42 (PRO-A-2006, 12" Picture Disc) discogs.com/release/578360-Devo-Thats-Good

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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
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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