DEV2.0’s “That’s Good” Is Not

In 2005, Disney Records approached the members of Devo to re-launch the Devo “brand” with a project called DEV2.0 – a group of kids in energy domes singing sanitized versions of Devo songs…which are full of menace, irony, satire, and masturbation references. (Note: Devo is awesome.) Sensing the opportunity for some ultra-ironic cultural sabotage, Devo signed on and actually played the instruments on the single DEV2.0 release; child actors of both genders did the singing. Any and all potentially offensive lyrics have been awkwardly changed to ones of bland happiness and hollow self-affirmation…which is as far from Devo 1.0 as you can get. (For example, in “Big Mess,” “I’m a boy with a gun” becomes “I’m a girl having fun.”) Here’s DEV2.0’s completely straight-faced, kiddified take on “That’s Good.”

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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