Oh No, It's Devo! (What Was Up With Those Weird Art Punks From Ohio?)

By Terry Claypoole
Devo performs at the Phoenix Theater in August 1980 in Petaluma, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)

Devo was never your typical rock band -- combining philosophical ideas and silly antics, they walked the fine line between performance art and rock 'n roll. They even had a hit, the MTV favorite "Whip It," which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. But even that video was weird -- weird even by the standards of early '80s MTV. There's a lot to unpack when it comes to Devo. Whether you remember them with a chuckle or have never seen the appeal, this might help you to at least get where they were coming from -- join us as we take a peek beneath those crazy red "energy hats" they wore.

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