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Duty Now for the Future [Parental Advisory]
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Album: Duty Now for the Future
# Song Title   Time
1)    Devo Corporate Anthem
2)    Clockout
3)    Timing X
4)    Wiggly World
5)    Blockhead
6)    Strange Pursuit
7)    S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)
8)    Triumph of the Will
9)    Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize, The
10)    Pink Pussycat
11)    Secret Agent Man
12)    Smart Patrol/Mr. Dna
13)    Red Eye
14)    General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now
15)    Soo Bawlz
16)    Be Stiff [Stiff Version]
17)    Penetration In the Centrefold
18)    Secret Agent Man - (live)
 

Album: Duty Now for the Future
# Song Title   Time
1)    Devo Corporate Anthem
2)    Clockout
3)    Timing X
4)    Wiggly World
5)    Blockhead
6)    Strange Pursuit
7)    S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)
8)    Triumph of the Will
9)    Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize, The
10)    Pink Pussycat
11)    Secret Agent Man
12)    Smart Patrol/Mr. Dna
13)    Red Eye
14)    General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now
15)    Soo Bawlz
16)    Be Stiff [Stiff Version]
17)    Penetration In the Centrefold
18)    Secret Agent Man - (live)
 
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  • Audio Remasterer: Scott Levitin.
  • Recording information: Chateau Recorders, Hollywood, CA (1978 09 ??_1979); Conny's Studio, K”ln, Germany (1978 09 ??_1979).
  • Photographers: Devo; Dale Cooper; Norman Seeff.
  • While the most obvious flaw of Devo's Duty Now for the Future is that the material simply isn't as good as on their debut, their second album also captures the group in the midst of a significant stylistic shift. On their first album, for all their herky-jerky rhythms and electronic accents, Devo were pretty much a standard guitars/bass/drums rock band, albeit one with more than their share of eccentricities. Duty Now for the Future found them bringing the keyboards that were used as punctuation on their earlier material into the forefront, adding a new level of irony to their "little minds through big technology" philosophy. While Devo would later learn to use electronics with confidence and wit, they were still learning how to integrate them into their sound on Duty Now, and the results lacked the strength and coherence of their debut. Of course, it also helped that the first album had better songs; the two instrumentals on side one are merely filler, "Pink Pussycat" and "Clockout" are jokes that just aren't funny, and "Triumph of the Will" embraces fascism as a satirical target without bothering to make it sound as if they disapprove. But "Secret Agent Man" is a wittier devolved cover than "Satisfaction," the band rarely sounded as cheerfully creepy as on "The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize," and the side two rave-up, "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" is superbly potent (for all their progressive trappings, Devo were formalists enough to know you make a big rock move near the end of side two.) Duty Now for the Future is hardly a bad album, but it isn't as strong as what Devo had already brought to the table -- or would offer later on. [In 2010, as Devo were preparing to release a new album, Warner Bros dusted off Duty Now for the Future for an expanded and remastered reissue. Five bonus tracks were added for this edition; "Soo Bawls" was from the Duty Now sessions, while "Be Stiff" and "Penetration in the Centerfold" were recorded with Brian Eno while working on their first album. "Soo Bawls" and "Penetration" were previously released as B-sides and find the band pushing their lyrical eccentricities to the limit. A live recording of "Secret Agent Man" also appears, as well as "General Boy Meets Apocalypse Now," a witty throwaway in which Devo's spokesman offers another thoughtful message to the troops over a bed of atmospheric synth doodling. Neither the remastering nor the bonus tracks make this an essential upgrade, but the expanded booklet and improved back cover artwork at least make this package look a lot better, and if you're a fan who never got around to buying Duty Now on CD, this is as good as this album is ever likely to get.] ~ Mark Deming
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