Devo asks, Are we not meant to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? – San Bernardino Sun


The members of Devo think getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be a good thing after five decades of music-making.

The new wave band, which has been eligible for induction since 2003, is part of the class of 2022 alongside Duran Duran, Beck, Eminem, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Dolly Parton, Rage Against the Machine, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar and Kate Bush. Not all will be inducted, however.

Fans can vote, selecting up to five of the nominees for induction, through Friday, April 29 at vote.rockhall.com, but ultimately it’s up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to decide who makes the cut.

“It’s nice to be acknowledged for the things you’ve done,” Devo vocalist-guitarist Mark Mothersbaugh said during a recent Zoom call. “We know what we did, but it’s nice when other people know what you did, too.”

“It feels good to be recognized even by some self-appointed official body,” Devo vocalist-bassist Gerald Casale said during a separate Zoom interview. “If you think about an artist, they stick themselves out there in front of people, right? They risk failure and ridicule and suddenly when what you’re doing turns around and gets accepted, it’s just dishonest to say you don’t feel good about it.

“But on the other hand, if we don’t get in I wouldn’t be surprised. We’re used to that. It would be nice to get in now instead of getting in posthumously,” said Casale.

Devo formed in Akron, Ohio in 1973  — about 40 miles south of where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland. A collective of artists, humorists and intellectuals, the band’s lyrical content offered biting social commentary with stark warnings of de-evolution with songs like “Jacko Homo,” “Uncontrollable Urge” and “Whip It.”

They weren’t taken very seriously. Sure, they did don yellow hazmat suits and sport energy dome helmets on stage, but that was all part of the performance art.



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