I came across a site for a group doing covers of Devo songs.
That by itself only rate a 5 or so on the weirdness scale. The weird thing is that
a) It’s a kids group, of undisclosed age, though they look like 12 year olds to me.
2) It’s backed by Walt Disney Records.
I listened to a couple of their on-line videos. I tried watching them, but it’s pretty painful – their actions on the video bear only a modest relationship to what’s happening in the audio track, though I suspect that there are some sync problems between the two as well. The musicianship is adequate – it’s not like the typical Devo song requires mad skillz – but the mix is the typical kid-pop over-smooth mix, without any real edge to it, which kindof misses the point of the music. And I came across at least one gratuitious lyric substitution in “girl u want”.
On the other hand, I’m mindfull of what Wayne’s World did for Queen’s music, and hoping that this will “expand the horizons” of some newer music listeners. So, I don’t know what to think. It could be a lot worse.
[Pre-updated: on looking at the official Devo site, I came across this:
DEV2.0 is a strange, Corporate-Feudal experiment that attempts to bring the original DEVO music sensibility to children in the 5 to 8 year old demographic range.
Here’s the site. So, what do you think?