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DEVO on the Classic 80’s Sitcom Square Pegs
In the quirky world of 1980s sitcoms, there was a brief but unforgettable moment featuring the iconic band DEVO on the Sarah Jessica Parker starrer, Square Pegs, in 1983. In this peculiar episode, DEVO finds themselves hired to perform at Muffy Tepperman’s (played by Jami Gertz) Bat Mitzvah party, leading to a series of hilarious and unpredictable events.
The backstage story adds to the charm. Initially, it seemed like DEVO might not be able to make it to the show. However, a twist of fate intervened when they were bumped from Saturday Night Live, fearing the chaos of slam dancing. Suddenly, the path was clear for DEVO to grace the Square Pegs set, much to the dismay of Johnny Slash and much to the delight of everyone else anticipating their performance.
In the climactic moment of the episode, DEVO lip syncs their hit song “That’s Good” during the third act, infusing the scene with their signature energy. But that’s not all; the episode is sprinkled with the infectious beats of “Jocko Homo,” enhancing the overall vibe and adding a unique musical dimension to the storyline.
To truly grasp the drama and power of this memorable moment, one must experience it in its entirety.
For those seeking even more enjoyment, there's an additional treat—a 1983 promo for the episode and a news report building anticipation for DEVO’s upcoming appearance. These artifacts not only capture the essence of the era but also provide a glimpse into the excitement and buzz surrounding this unconventional crossover between music and sitcoms.
DEVO's stint on Square Pegs was a part of the creative experimentation in 1980’s TV, where boundaries between music, television, and pop culture blurred, giving rise to memorable moments that continue to delight audiences even decades later.