Made in 1979 under the "DevoVision" banner, The Men Who Make the Music wraps early Devo music videos, extensive footage from their 1978 tour, and snippets of devolutionary philosophy around a semi-surreal comic skewering of "Big Entertainment," as a result of which its VHS release was held up for two years by Big Entertainment. Long out of print and available only as a pricey collector's item, this holy text of de-evolution was resurrected in 2014 by our content partner MVD and is now available for the first time on demand, paired with Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig, which chronicles a happier band encounter with Big Entertainment, donning prison stripes for a stellar set before the Hollywood elite at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. A must-have for all spuds and Devotees.
The Men Who Make the Music: Jocko Home (video) • Wiggly World (live) • The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize (video) • Praying Hands (live) • Uncontrollable Urge (live) • (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (video) • Secret Agent Man (video) • Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA (live) • Come Back Jonee (video) • Red Eye (live)
Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig (all live): Too Much Paranoias • Praying Hands • Uncontrollable Urge • Mongoloid • Jocko Homo • Going Under • Blockhead • That's Good • Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth • Girl You Want • Whip It
The Men Who Make the Music was set for release in 1979 but was shelved for two years by would-be distributor Time-Life due to its anti-music industry content, namely the central "Rod Rooter's Big Reamer" segment.