Devo

Sing If You're Glad to Be Devo

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Released in 1979, Sing If You're Glad to Be Devo was the third illicit LP to come from Rubber Robot Records -- a label that devoted itself to Devo bootlegs exclusively. The main focus of this record is studio demos from around 1974-1977, many of which were also released on Lunar Toones' 1979 Devo bootleg The Men Who Make the Music (a double LP that contained mostly live material). Casual Devo fans wouldn't be interested in hearing a lot of demos, but for the serious Devo collector, it is interesting to hear early demo versions of songs that ended up on 1978's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! ("Uncontrollable Urge," "Sloppy") or 1979's Duty Now for the Future ("Devo Corporate Anthem," "Blockhead," "Secret Agent Man"). "Uncontrollable Urge" is especially interesting; the demo version on this LP isn't as rockin' or as aggressive as the famous version heard on Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! This bootleg also contains a few live performances; unfortunately, Rubber Robot fails to tell us where they were recorded, although "Jocko Homo" and "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" might be from a 1978 show in Los Angeles. Again, Sing If You're Glad to Be Devo isn't for casual listeners, but serious Devo collectors ate it up in 1979.