Devo

Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology

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Heading into the new millennium, there was no truly definitive Devo compilation on the market, so Rhino attempted to remedy the situation with the double-disc Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology -- and did a pretty good job, without quite pulling it off. When faced with a choice, the compilation takes the collector-oriented route by including the rarer version; as a result, buyers get a couple of early Booji Boy-label recordings, and several single and dance remixes. More problematic, though, is the anthology's attempt to present a balanced overview of Devo's career. While admirable in intent, the fact is that the group's oeuvre grew steadily weaker as time passed, and since disc one runs all the way through their first (and best) four albums, disc two is a pretty bumpy ride. Not that it's worthless -- devotees will be thrilled with the inclusion of quite a few songs that had only previously appeared on movie soundtracks, and it also rescues a few worthwhile singles from obscurity. But it pales next to the first disc in terms of songwriting, musical invention, and edgy humor; plus, where the band's early covers reinvented rock standards as comments on alienation, latter-day items like "Bread and Butter" and "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" are nothing more than novelties. So the bottom line is, you've got to be a hardcore Devo enthusiast to fully appreciate Pioneers Who Got Scalped. If you are, it's a fantastic package; if you want a more basic overview, you're better off with the somewhat disorganized Greatest Hits or the import collection Hot Potatoes. It's kind of a shame, though, that in spite of the generally fine job done compiling Pioneers, there still isn't a Devo anthology that distills all the best moments from their crucial early years, and throws in just the right (small) number of later singles.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:04 Amazon
2 03:18 Amazon
3 03:34 Amazon
4 02:34 Amazon
5 03:10 Amazon
6 02:40 Amazon
7 01:58 Amazon
8 03:48 Amazon
9 02:16 Amazon
10 02:41 Amazon
11 06:05 Amazon
12 03:34 Amazon
13 02:21 Amazon
14 03:28 Amazon
15 02:56 Amazon
16 03:28 Amazon
17 03:28 Amazon
18 02:40 Amazon
19 02:28 Amazon
20 02:47 Amazon
21 02:50 Amazon
22 02:36 Amazon
23 03:13 Amazon
24 03:04 Amazon
25 03:34 Amazon
26 01:40 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: General Boy
01:45 Amazon
2 03:02 Amazon
3 03:26 Amazon
4 02:45 Amazon
5 02:45 Amazon
6 06:03 Amazon
7 03:17 Amazon
8 05:31 Amazon
9 03:09 Amazon
10 03:14 Amazon
11 02:31 Amazon
12 02:42 Amazon
13 02:11 Amazon
14 03:29 Amazon
15 04:13 Amazon
16 04:11 Amazon
17 02:15 Amazon
18 03:50 Amazon
19 02:52 Amazon
20 04:52 Amazon
21 03:19 Amazon
22 02:43 Amazon
23
feat: General Boy
00:30 Amazon
24
feat: Booji Boy
02:49 Amazon
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