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80s Pop Artists: Where Are They Now?

Devo…Where Are They Now?

Devo...Where Are They Now?

Devo proved that it’s never too late for you to “Whip It” and with that song, they reached #8 on The Billboard Charts which also propelled the album “Freedom Of Choice” to be a Platinum seller. The band became a household name and is considered one of the most well-known and iconic bands of the 80s New Wave pop scene. While the band went on hiatus for a while they have sporadically released new Devo albums in recent years including their most recent album “Something For Everyone” in 2010.

 

So Where are the members of Devo now?

Mark Mothersbaugh

Singer Mark Mothersbaugh was declared legally blind as a child and began wearing glasses to correct severe myopia at age seven which allowed him to see well enough to avoid the classification of blindness going forward.

Mark released his first solo album Muzik for Insomniaks in 1985.

Mark Mothersbaugh went on to score the music for video games and television and performed all of the music for “The Rugrats” cartoon series for 13 years. He also composed and performed the theme for the TV show Eureka and the cartoon network favorite “Regular Show”.

In 2020 Mark Mothersbaugh contracted COVID-19 and nearly died. He was on a ventilator for 18 days

Mark is also a successful Visual Artist and owns and operates the music production company Mutato Muzika where he works with many of the members of Devo. His credits include the movies Moonrise Kingdom, 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Enlightened, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.


Gerald “Jerry” Casale

Co-vocalist and performer Jerry Casale has directed most of Devo’s music videos over the years as well as directing music videos for other bands like The Cars (“Touch and Go”), Soundgarden (“Blow Up the Outside World”), Rush (“Mystic Rhythms”), A Perfect Circle (“Imagine”), and The Foo Fighters (“I’ll Stick Around”). Jerry is the only member besides Mark Mothersbaugh to be with the band Devo since its inception and is the main songwriter for the band.  In 2014 Gerald launched his own wine brand 50 by 50.

He has released the following outside of Devo: Army Girls Gone Wild EP(2005)  as Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers’, Mine Is Not a Holy War (2006) as Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers, “To Be or Not” 92008) as Devo’s Gerald Casale with Die Alten Maschinen and “It’s All Devo!” (2016) as Devo’s Gerald Casale with Phunk Investigation.

Gerald is currently releasing a new solo 6-track EP available on November 22nd, 2022 called “The Invisible Man”.


Bob Mothersbaugh

Bob Mothersbaugh is the younger brother of Mark and plays guitar and performs backing vocals (Occasionally lead vocals) with the band since 1974. Bob would later work on soundtracks with his brother along with other Devo members for shows like “The Rugrats” and ‘The Wild Thornberrys” as well as many movie scores.

He briefly created the Visiting Kids, and released a self-titled EP  in 1990 that included Mark Mothersbaugh as well.

 

 


Bob Casale

Bob Casale, the younger brother of Gerald Casale played guitar and keyboards as well as provided backing vocals For Devo.

Bob performed on every Devo album until his untimely death. Sadly Bob Casale passed away in 2014 from heart failure. Casale was cremated and his ashes were saved in an energy dome like the hats that Devo wore on stage. Bob engineered the Police’s guitarist Andy Summers’ debut solo album “XYZ” in 1987. Bob went on to work with other Devo members at Mutato Muzika production and created music until his death.

 


Alan Myers

While he was actually the third drummer for Devo, Alan Myers played on every Devo album through “Shout” in 1984. Myers left the band after “Shout” mostly due to feeling his role in the band was limited by the band using more electronic drums. He would continue to perform in experimental rock bands and actually became an electrical contractor.

Sadly, in 2013, Myers died at 58 years old due to stomach cancer.


Devo’s Studio Albums

Q. Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
Duty Now for the Future (1979)
Freedom of Choice (1980)
New Traditionalists (1981)
Oh, No! It’s Devo (1982)
Shout (1984)
Total Devo (1988)
Smooth Noodle Maps (1990)
Something for Everybody (2010)

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