Song Name: Too Much Paranoias

Artist: DEVO

Appears On:

Run Time: 1:56 (album version)

Year Released: 1978 (album version)

Years Performed: 1977 to 1979, 1996 (Park City, Utah show only a b ), 2009

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh

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

Alternate Versions: Early Live Version

Demo Versions: None known

Song Connections: Polyvinyl Chloride (uses similar lyrics)

Trivia / Info:

  • Originally performed at a much slower tempo, and with different lyrics. Later, the lyrics for Polyvinyl Chloride were combined with the Too Much Paranoias chorus to form the album version.
  • This was the opening song for DEVO's 01/26/96 reunion show at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
  • The song includes lyrics from a jingle for Burger King.
  • The title comes from The Sex Pistols's song "Holiday In The Sun"
  • Sampled on the Esham track "Boss Up" (2003) [*]
  • This was the seventh Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! song performed live in the 2009 album set-list performances. The 05/06/2009 show is included on the 2009 Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! remaster release as DEVO: Live At The London HMV Forum.
  • Live versions appear on several Booji Boy's Basement releases, including A006, A048, A052, A065, and A123.

Onstage Behavior:

  • The band jumps on every bass drum beat. Bob1, Bob2, and Jerry run in a big circle. Mark plays a guitar, too.


think i got your dialtone
think i got billy baxter's bone
think i got a bubble-sac
think i got a big mac attack
hold the pickles
hold the lettuce
special orders don't upset us
all we ask is that you let us
serve it your way
too much paranoias
my momma's afraid to tell me
the things she's afraid of
i been dipped in double meaning
i been stuck with static cling
think i got a rupto-pac
think i got a big mac attack

Live Video: No official, live, full performance video of "Too Much Paranoias" had been available for purchase until the delayed video release of Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig in 2014. It was paired with a re-issue of The Men Who Make the Music.

  • The first song in the set videotaped at The Crypt in Akron, Ohio in '76 or '77. A live video clip was included as an extra on The Complete Truth About De-Evolution.
  • On 12/09/78 "Too Much Paranoias" was the second song in the set performed at Théâtre de L'Empire in Paris, France. The "Chorus TV" show aired most of the live set on the French channel Antenne 2. (Song identified onscreen as "To Much Paranoia.")
  • The 01/26/96 performance was filmed. DEVO intended it to be released as a DVD in 2002. Audio of this show is on Booji Boy's Basement release A021 and on Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig, a 2014 record store day release.
  • DEVO performed the Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! album setlist at several 2009 concerts. Watch 40 seconds of the 11/06/2009 song performance at the DEVO Vision Youtube channel. link

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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