A quick follow-up to an earlier post on Devo and the dreaded DEV2.0…
A few weeks after I dissed and dished on DEV2.0, Max and Spencer’s uncle John bought the kids that damn CD/DVD and I’d have to say that it’s… not that bad. Really, the videos are kinda clever and entertaining and the karaoke versions of the songs do provide endless hours of enjoyment for the young ‘uns. So, really… don’t fear the DEV2.0.
Also of note: I don’t know if there’s a legal or moral statute against taking a six year old boy to a big-time, big-money arena rock show, but I’ve got tickets for the August 19th Devo/Psychedelic Furs concert at the Reliant Arena with mine and Spencer’s name written all over them (Max is only three… he’s going to need to deal with staying home). Hopefully I’ll be able to play the “I’m a cool dad ‘cuz I took you to a rock concert when you were only six” card for years and years to come.
I have a bumper sticker that says, “My Kids Know All The Words To ‘Freedom Of Choice'”.
Not really, but I should… ‘cuz they do! There’s not a song on the first six Devo releases (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Duty Now for the Future, Freedom of Choice, DEV-O Live, New Traditionalists, Oh, No! It’s Devo) that my kids don’t know and love. Well, not true… Max always want me to skip over “Gates Of Steel” for some reason.
Anyways… there seems to be a minor stink brewing about the latest project from the house of Devo: DEV2.0 is basically some of the Devo’s best-known songs re-recorded by the original band and sung by kids… it’s a Devo-sanctioned Kidz Bop, complete with video and all the trimmings. The stink that I refer to is due to the fact that they changed some of the lyrics to make the whole package less politically and socially aware than the original songs tended to be. For example, the lyric from “Beautiful World” has been changed from “It’s a beautiful world, For you, It’s not for me” to “It’s a beautiful world, For you, I Guess Me, Too”. Scandalous! Some people think this is bad, some people think this is good… I think I’d need to let my kids see it before I make a decision (it’s all about the kids, you know).
One thing is for sure… if they start asking to watch the DEV2.0 DVD more than the DEVO Live 1980 DVD, I may need to buy some better earplugs. The other “stink” associated with the DEV2.0 project is that the singing is horrid and the imagery is unforgivably Disney. Scratch what I said a second ago… I’ve already made my decision.