DEVO Whip It Again In Golden Gate Park
DEVO, the devolutionary spudboys from Akron, Ohio, headlined the Guinness Music and Oyster Festival in Golden Gate Park and proved once again that the fittest shall survive yet the unfit may live. Following a day of great performances from Family Of The Year, Shiny Toy Guns, Mutemath and Branches plus a DJ stage featuring Bag Raiders, RAC, Classixx, Chris Clouse and The Schmidt, DEVO hit the stage after being introduced by LIVE 105′s own Surfer Spud, who whipped the crowd into a frenzy with the tribal question, “Are we not men?”
After a brief video intro, DEVO (featuring original members Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh and Bob Casale) launched into “Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man),” a song from their latest album Something For Everybody. This was followed by all of their classics, including “Peek-A-Boo!,” “That’s Good,” “Girl U Want” and their smash hit “Whip It.” Steve Masters, a longtime DEVO fan and supporter, remarked, “I can’t believe how awesome DEVO still are. And where can I get one those masks?”
The crowd continued to dance the poot while intoxicated on oysters and Guinness, DEVO mutated into their famous yellow suits and played their punkier numbers including “Uncontrollable Urge,” “Mongoloid,” “Jocko Homo” and “Smart Patrol/Mr DNA.” While spuds and spudettes continued to rejoice and spazz out, DEVO brought out their mascot Booji Boy (actually just lead singer Mark in a weird baby mask) who told everyone that it’s a beautiful world for them but not him. He also treated the crowd to bouncy rubber balls and various food snacks. The show ended and everyone left, hopefully feeling that a day full of incredible music acts, delicious oysters and creamy Guinness was worth the price of admission. If not, it doesn’t matter because we are all DEVO!