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Synopsis[]

Track Order[]

"We're ALL Devo!" - Booji Boy and General Boy
Satisfaction (video) (2:38)
The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise (video) (2:42)
Whip It (video) (2:40)
Rod and Donut Rooter (segment one)
Girl U Want (video) (2:45)
Freedom Of Choice (video) (3:30)
Beautiful World (video) (3:33)
Booji Boy's Funeral (Tunnel of Life tour film, intro) - Booji Boy and General Boy
Rod and Donut Rooter (segment two)
You Chose To See A DEVO Performance (tour film) - General Boy
Peek-A-Boo (video) (3:01)
That's Good (video) (2:59)
Dr. Detroit (video) (3:10)
Rod and Donut Rooter / Dr. Byrthfood and Devo (segment three)
Through Being Cool (video) (3:11)
Love Without Anger (video) (2:34)
A Worried Man (video) / Rod Rooter (4:37)
End Credits
Rod Rooter introduces last video
Jocko Homo (video) (2:52)
(Track times from Sony Video LP advert VSO-24X)
Total run time: 54 minutes[1]

Credits[]

On-Screen Credits[]

(Credits appear in all caps.)

Opening Title Credit Screen[]


Compact Video Services


We're All DEVO

A Retrospective Music

Video Program


October 22, 1983


Closing Credits with Devo Videography[]


We're All DEVO


A Retrospective Program of Devo's Music-Video Classics


Program Produced by

Chuck Statler


Program Written and Directed by

Gerald V. Casale


Featuring the members of Devo

Mark Mothersbaugh

Bob Mothersbaugh

Allen[sic] Myers

Bob Casale

Gerald V. Casale


Also Featuring

Robert L. Mothersbaugh Sr.

as General Boy


Booji Boy

as Himself


Craig Allen Rothwell

as Spazz Attack


Michael Swartz

as Rod Rooter


Laraine Newman

as Donut Rooter


Timothy Leary

as Dr. Byrthfood



Devo Videography

"Satisfaction" 1978

and

"The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise" 1979

Produced and Directed by Chuck Statler


"Worried Man" 1979

An excerpt from Neil Young's feature film "The Human Highway"

"Whip It" 1980

Produced by Chuck Statler

Directed by Gerald V. Casale


"Girl U Want"

"Freedom of Choice" 1980

Produced by DEVOVISION

Co-Directed by Chuck Statler and Gerald V. Casale


"Beautiful World" 1981

"Love Without Anger" 1981

"Through Being Cool" 1981

and

"Peek-A-Boo" 1982

"That's Good" 1982

Produced by Chuck Statler

Directed by Gerald V. Casale


"Theme From Dr. Detroit" 1983

A promotional music-video for the soundtrack album "Dr.Detroit" From the Universal film "Dr. Detroit"

"Theme From Dr. Detroit" Video

Produced by Robert Weiss

Directed by Gerald V. Casale


All video story concepts by

Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale


Director of Photography

Chuck Statler

With the exception of "Theme From Dr. Detroit" and "Worried Man"


All film editing

Dale Cooper


Videotape editing and post production

John Neal


Audio engineering and technical assistance

Bob Casale


All additional soundtrack elements by

DEVO


Special Thanks To

Annerose Bucklers

For Everything


Douglas St. Clair Smith

Church of the Sub-Genius

[2] [1]

For Pixilation


John Zabrucky

Modern Props

[2][3][4]

For Set Design


John Whitney Jr.

Digital Productions

For Digital Scene Animation


Bill Gerber and Elliot Roberts

Lookout Management

For Career Direction


And

Special Thanks To All The Beautiful Mutants Who Support Devo


© 1983 DEVOVISION

Extra Info[]

Nominations[]

  • This was assembled by October 1983 but released (in the U.S.) in 1984 to be eligible for its 1985 Grammy nomination for "Best Video Album."[3] Jerry was the only artist to have also directed videos included in more than one video album nominee this year.
  • This title is a VIRA nominee and winner in the 4th annual ViRA awards.[4][5] The ViRA is televised award given out by Video Review magazine for the most ground-breaking product in a field and includes "Greatest Home-Video Programs of the Year."

Background Music[]

Additional instrumental music was composed and performed by Mark Mothersbaugh.
  • The "We're All Devo" segment of "The Truth About De-Evolution" contains the music heard with Booji's entrance and also the intro to "Mechanical Man" is heard with the neon DEVO.
  • Booji Boy's Funeral/Tunnel of Life intro is heard when Booji is in the ambulance.
  • Music is heard with General Boy introducing the Devo concert.
  • Music is heard at Lifeforms Unlimited with Dr. Byrthfood and with Mark's vision.
  • End credits music is the E-Z listening version of "Whip It."

Press/Ads[]

M. Howell. "Taped measures: The latest in music videos".
(Includes comments by Jerry on music videos and directors.)
M. Howell. "Tell a vision".
The Boston Phoenix. Volume 13 Issue #12 (1984-03-20).[6]
J. Pareles. "We're All Devo". Recent Releases, Home Video, Arts and Leisure. New York Times. pgH32. (1984, March 25).[7]
“We’re All DEVO”. Best Music Program (Pop or Rock). ‘84 ViRAs: The Video Review Awards For Best Programs Of The Year. Video Review. pg27. (1984, April).[8]
L. Meredith. "We're all Devo." Stereo Review. Volume 49. (1984, June).[9]
"DEVO: We're All DEVO" Pioneer LaserDisc PA 84-069. Stereo Review’s Video Awards For 1984. Music. Stereo Review. pg44. (1985, February 2).[10]
(Wherehouse Records). “Grammy Music SALE”. Display Ad 98. Los Angeles Times. G9. (1985, February 26).[11]
S. Simels. "DEVO: We’re All Devo". Hi-Fi Videos. Reviews. Stereo Review Presents Video Buyers Guide 1988. (1987, December).[12]
T. Atkinson. “From Devo to Les Paul, Long-Form Videos Stage Comeback”. Los Angeles Times. F29. (1990, March 23).[13]
D. Hajdu, editor. "We're All DEVO". Music. The Entertainment weekly guide to the greatest movies ever made. Pg141. (1994).[14]

Notes and References[]

  1. Gerald V. Casale. "Devo: a video history". Optic Music. (1984, August).

    We're All DEVO
    54 minutes; 1983; Produced by Chuck Statler; Directed by Gerald V. Casale. Written by Gerald V. Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh.
    Available on Sony Video Cassette and Pioneer Laserdisc.

  2. The Church of the SubGenius. subgenius com.

  3. awardsandshows.com - "Grammy Awards 1985" Nominees and Winners ...”Best Video Album.” Awards&Shows.

  4. Sticker on original shrinkwrap of the release in Betamax tape format:

    "1984 VIRA AWARD WINNER, AS SEEN ON MTV Music Television
    Stereo-Mono Compatible Beta Hi-Fi"

  5. Lee Jeske. “ViRAs Awarded In N.Y.” East Coastings. Cash Box. Volume XLVIll #43, p11. (1984, March 31).
    https://archive.org/details/cashbox46unse_9/page/22/mode/1up?q=DEVO

    “Best Music Program — We’re All DEVO, tape (Sony)”.
    “Among the celebrity accepters were… two members of DEVO (Best Music Program, We're All DEVO — beating out The Making Of Thriller)...”

  6. M. Howell. "Taped measures: The latest in music videos".
    M. Howell. "Tell a vision".
    The Boston Phoenix. Volume 13 Issue #12 (1984-03-20).
    https://archive.org/details/sim_boston-phoenix_1984-03-20_13_12/page/n117/mode/2up?q=%22we%27re+all+devo%22

  7. J. Pareles. "We're All Devo". Recent Releases, Home Video, Arts and Leisure. New York Times. pgH32. (1984, March 25).

    “'We're All Devo With Devo, Laraine Newman, Michael Schwartz, Timothy Leary and Robert L. Mothersbaugh Sr.; directed by Gerald V. Casale Sony 54 minutes. $29.95”

    “As one of the first rock groups to make video clips an essential part of their public image, Devo can rightly claim to be pioneers in marketing. 'We're All Devo' includes most of the clips the band has made since 1976, along with a plot of sorts about a sleazy executive from the Big Entertainment Company who thinks Devo is too weird.”
    "The self-described 'spud-boys' in the band started out satirizing a high-tech, consumer society in which people were 'de-evolving' as their machines grew smarter."
    (Pareles likes “Worried Man.”) “Video cassettes are generally available in two formats, VHS and Beta. Some titles are also available on CED and LaserVision video disks. Unless otherwise specified, prices cited are the manufacturer's suggested retail price for a VHS cassette; rental rates vary from store to store.”

  8. “We’re All DEVO”. Best Music Program (Pop or Rock). ‘84 ViRAs: The Video Review Awards For Best Programs Of The Year. Video Review. pg27. (1984, April).
    https://archive.org/details/InfocomCabinetPlanetfallFolder2Of2/page/n53/mode/2up?q=%22we%27re+all+devo%22
    Review by Jim Farber.

  9. :Louis Meredith. "We're all Devo." Stereo Review. Volume 49. (1984, June).

  10. "DEVO: We're All DEVO" Pioneer LaserDisc PA 84-069. Stereo Review’s Video Awards For 1984. Music. Stereo Review. pg44. (1985, February 2). [PDF via worldradiohistory.com]
    https://www.worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Audio/Archive-HiFI-Stereo/80s/HiFi-Stereo-Review-1985-02.pdf

  11. (Wherehouse Records). “Grammy Music SALE”. Display Ad 98. Los Angeles Times. G9. (1985, February 26).

    "Who Will Win The Coveted Grammy? - Make your choices on this page and compare your selections with the actual winners on tonight's telecast... It's fun!…"

    “...Best Video Album · Billy Joel Live from Long Island - Billy Joel · Eurythmics Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics · Heartbeat City - The Cars · Making Michael Jackson's Thriller - Michael Jackson · Serious Moonlight - David Bowie · We're All Devo – Devo"...


  12. Steve Simels. "DEVO: We’re All Devo". Hi-Fi Videos. Reviews. Stereo Review Presents Video Buyers Guide 1988. (1987, December).
    https://archive.org/details/stereo-review-presents-video-buyers-guide-1988/page/46/mode/1up?q=DEVO

  13. Terry Atkinson. “From Devo to Les Paul, Long-Form Videos Stage Comeback”. Los Angeles Times. Section: Home Tech/Video... What's New: F29. (1990, March 23). Latimes.com

    "It's hard to believe that just a year or two ago the long-form music video was considered to be a failure. In just the last month, at least 20 major releases danced into video stores.” "...'We're All Devo' (Rhino, $19.95)..."

  14. David Hajdu, editor. "We're All DEVO". Music. The Entertainment weekly guide to the greatest movies ever made. Pg141. (1994).
    https://archive.org/details/greatestmoviesev0000unse/page/140/mode/2up?q=%22we%27re+all+devo%22


External Links[]

We're All Devo (Master Release) -- Discogs
We're All Devo [Video] (Overview) -- AllMusic
We're All Devo (1983) -- IMDb
We're All Devo (1990) VHS re-release(overview) -- allmovie
We're All Devo -- Wikipedia
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