Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"We're pinheads now. We are not whole."

And here I'm always such a know-it-all. Some things I learned reading Are We Not Men? We are Devo! by Jade Dellinger and David Giffels:

- Ernie Anderson, the influential Cleveland horror movie host (and father of Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson) did the voice-over announcing for ABC in the seventies. He's the one who pronounced it "The Loooooove Boat" in the promos.

- The title of "Jocko Homo," the song with the theme-music chorus "Are we not men? We are Devo," was taken from a 1924 anti-evolutionary pamphlet by B.H. Shadduck, author of works like "Puddle to Paradise" and "Gee-Haw of the Modern Jesu." They're scanned in online at The pamphlet itself translates "Jocko Homo" as "Monkey-Man" (as in "monkey men all, in business suits..."), but I can't find any information about the relationship of the "Monkey" in "Jocko" and the notion of "jocks," or the lack thereof.

- One of the early Devo manifestoes was an article called "Readers Vs. Breeders." That text is also available online at
Not that I'm opposed to anybody for their reproductive choices, but still, ha!

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