By Gregory AdamsBack in the early '90s, post-modern rock deconstructionists Devo scoured their archives to put together their demos-laden Hardcore compilations, and now the Superior Viaduct imprint, along with the band's own Booji Boy Records, will serve up those same songs via some represses.
As Superior Viaduct explains, the original CD versions of Hardcore Vol. 1 and Hardcore Vol. 2 on Rykodisc are long out of print, so they'll be issuing vinyl represses on May 14, with a two-CD package set to arrive sometime later this summer. All editions will be adorned with Moshe Brakha's erotic, foam-breast-utilizing photos.
The collections bring together a series of demos recorded in studios, basements and garages between 1974 and 1977, and the early recordings are described as featuring "rock'n'roll stripped bare of its collective cool and jerked back into propaganda fit for post-modern man."
The first volume includes early takes of later classics "Jocko Homo," "Mongoloid," and their mechanically sexual cover of the Stones' "Satisfaction," along with rarities like "Uglatto."
The second volume, which will be presented as a double-LP set, digs even deeper into the vaults and features raw performances of bubblegum-goof "Goo Goo Itch," the decrepit and detuned swamp-blues of "All Of Us," and more. The tweaked-up set also includes four previously unreleased rarities: "Man from the Past," "Doghouse Doghouse," "Hubert House" and "Shimmy Shake." You can check the out tracklistings for the vinyl sets down below and pre-order the reissues here.
Hardcore Vol. 1.:
1. Mechanical Man 2. Auto Modown 3. Space Girl Blues 4. Social Fools 5. Soo Bawls 6. Satisfaction 7. Jocko Homo 8. Golden Energy 9. Buttered Beauties 10. Midget 11. I'm A Potato 12. Uglatto 13. Stop Look And Listen 14. Ono 15. Mongoloid
Hardcore Vol. 2:
1. Booji Boy's Funeral 2. Can U Take It? 3. Bamboo Bimbo 4. A Plan For U 5. The Rope Song 6. Goo Goo Itch 7. Be Stiff 8. All Of Us 9. Baby Talkin' Bitches 10. I Need A Chick 11. U Got Me Bugged 12. Chango 13. Fraulein 14. Dogs Of Democracy 15. "37" 16. Bottled Up 17. Working In A Coalmine 18. I Been Refused 19. Fountain Of Filth 20. Clockout 21. Let's Go 22. Man From The Past 23. Doghouse Doghouse 24. Hubert House 25. Shimmy Shake