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Song Name:  "The Death of Lt. Casanova" AKA "Death Of Lt. Casanova (Kent Kove 74)"

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Art Devo 1973-1977

Run Time: 5:33

Year Written: 1974

Year Demo Recorded:  Unknown 197?

Year Released:  2023

Years Performed: 1974

Writing Credits: Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Gerald Casale (lead), Bob and Mark Mothersbaugh (backing)

Personnel Jim Mothersbaugh (percussion), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar), Mark Mothersbaugh (synthesizer)

Oddly, Gerald does not play bass on this track.

Demo Versions: Unknown

Song Connections: "Smart Patrol" (shared guitar riff, shared synthesizer lines)

Trivia / Info:[]

  • Lt. Casanova, according to the Devo legend, wrote “All of Us”.
  • This song was only played once ever, and that was at the Crypt in Akron, Ohio, back in

1974. Luckily there’s a bootleg of that concert, as there is no known studio or home recording of “The Death of Lt. Casanova” to date.

  • “Lt. Casanova” was the precursor to “Smart Patrol”.
  • Lt. Casanova, in real life, is actually Devo bassist Jerry Casale. Lt. Gerald V.

Casanova is his nickname/alias.

  • The Devo legend states that the Lt. was a twentysomething sado-masochist and renowned

artist, known for conceptualizing “the sacrament of pōl and hōl”. He died in 1974 because of what you hear in the song.

Onstage Behavior: Unknown

Lyrics:

Jerry: “This next one’s Uh

Not In the book

It’s actually about The Death of Lt. Casanova

He had a piece in the first Shellies

A song called “All Of Us.”

That he wrote

And uh, it’s really just a little piece about

What happens to him it’s

It’s really about the consequences of fascist morality

Um

It’s when duty takes over, when er

When masochistic urges like keep you here, like a thing like this when you’d rather go home and do something else

But you

Somebody’s here that you wanna impress, and you can’t leave.”

Video: No official video

YouTube. Fan video: "Death Of Lt. Casanova-Devo" uploaded by smartpatrol12

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DEVO
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
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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