RIP Bob Casale: 5 Facts You Never Knew About Devo

Devo guitarist Bob Casale has died suddenly from heart failure, aged 61. Bob and brother Gerald led the groundbreaking Akron new wave band from 1973 right through to their recent tours. 

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"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," Gerald said in a statement. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all." Though he deflected attention towards his brother, Bob played on every single Devo album and was instrumental in their production. Here's 5 facts about Devo that you never knew. Or maybe you just needed a reminder.

1. Devo were inspired to form a band after witnessing the Kent State massacre in 1970, in which unarmed college students were shot dead by the Ohio National Guard. "We came of age in the middle of a huge cultural war. This country was basically in the midst of a new civil war - the lines were drawn very clearly," Bob Casale said in a 2012 interview with Under the Radar. "[We formed the band because] it was a more immediate way of self-expression that required less money and no outside permission. You try to make a film and you have to come up with the money, you need a big crew, you need to ask people for favors and get permission. If you have an idea for a song you can pretty much go into your basement with your band mates and do it." The massacre also inspired Neil Young's classic song Ohio.

2. David Bowie had intended to produce the band's debut album after being instrumental in landing the group a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. After backing out due to prior commitments, Bowie passed on the job to Brian Eno, who presided over Devo's 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!"

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3. Founding member Bob Lewis got into a dispute with the group after his departure, asking his former band-mates to change their name and relinquish all intellectual property related to Devo. Things eventually went to court and the band settled an undisclosed amount , which Lewis later revealed was "into the six figures."

4. In the lead up to the 2012 Presidential Election in which Obama was pitted against Mitt Romney, Devo released a song with arguably the greatest title in musical history. Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Seamus Unleashed) was dedicated to the Republican candidate's former pet dog, who apparently travelled in his owner's car roof rack for twelve hours in 1983.

5. Gerald Casale is said to be working on a script for Devo: The Musical with an aim of taking it to Broadway. "The idea's been going on awhile, but no writing has been going on until recently. It's what you'd expect from DEVO," he told San Diego.com in 2011.


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RIP Bob Casale: 5 Facts You Never Knew About Devo 4076519 News

Devo guitarist Bob Casale has died suddenly from heart failure, aged 61. Bob and brother Gerald led the groundbreaking Akron new wave band from 1973 right through to their recent tours. 

DevoBob Casale Recently Toured with Devo

"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," Gerald said in a statement. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all." Though he deflected attention towards his brother, Bob played on every single Devo album and was instrumental in their production. Here's 5 facts about Devo that you never knew. Or maybe you just needed a reminder.

1. Devo were inspired to form a band after witnessing the Kent State massacre in 1970, in which unarmed college students were shot dead by the Ohio National Guard. "We came of age in the middle of a huge cultural war. This country was basically in the midst of a new civil war - the lines were drawn very clearly," Bob Casale said in a 2012 interview with Under the Radar. "[We formed the band because] it was a more immediate way of self-expression that required less money and no outside permission. You try to make a film and you have to come up with the money, you need a big crew, you need to ask people for favors and get permission. If you have an idea for a song you can pretty much go into your basement with your band mates and do it." The massacre also inspired Neil Young's classic song Ohio.

2. David Bowie had intended to produce the band's debut album after being instrumental in landing the group a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. After backing out due to prior commitments, Bowie passed on the job to Brian Eno, who presided over Devo's 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!"

DevoDevo Are A Hugely Influential Band

3. Founding member Bob Lewis got into a dispute with the group after his departure, asking his former band-mates to change their name and relinquish all intellectual property related to Devo. Things eventually went to court and the band settled an undisclosed amount , which Lewis later revealed was "into the six figures."

4. In the lead up to the 2012 Presidential Election in which Obama was pitted against Mitt Romney, Devo released a song with arguably the greatest title in musical history. Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Seamus Unleashed) was dedicated to the Republican candidate's former pet dog, who apparently travelled in his owner's car roof rack for twelve hours in 1983.

5. Gerald Casale is said to be working on a script for Devo: The Musical with an aim of taking it to Broadway. "The idea's been going on awhile, but no writing has been going on until recently. It's what you'd expect from DEVO," he told San Diego.com in 2011.

Devo guitarist Bob Casale has died suddenly from heart failure, aged 61. Bob and brother Gerald led the groundbreaking Akron new wave band from 1973 right through to their recent tours. 

DevoBob Casale Recently Toured with Devo

"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," Gerald said in a statement. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all." Though he deflected attention towards his brother, Bob played on every single Devo album and was instrumental in their production. Here's 5 facts about Devo that you never knew. Or maybe you just needed a reminder.

1. Devo were inspired to form a band after witnessing the Kent State massacre in 1970, in which unarmed college students were shot dead by the Ohio National Guard. "We came of age in the middle of a huge cultural war. This country was basically in the midst of a new civil war - the lines were drawn very clearly," Bob Casale said in a 2012 interview with Under the Radar. "[We formed the band because] it was a more immediate way of self-expression that required less money and no outside permission. You try to make a film and you have to come up with the money, you need a big crew, you need to ask people for favors and get permission. If you have an idea for a song you can pretty much go into your basement with your band mates and do it." The massacre also inspired Neil Young's classic song Ohio.

2. David Bowie had intended to produce the band's debut album after being instrumental in landing the group a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. After backing out due to prior commitments, Bowie passed on the job to Brian Eno, who presided over Devo's 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!"

DevoDevo Are A Hugely Influential Band

3. Founding member Bob Lewis got into a dispute with the group after his departure, asking his former band-mates to change their name and relinquish all intellectual property related to Devo. Things eventually went to court and the band settled an undisclosed amount , which Lewis later revealed was "into the six figures."

4. In the lead up to the 2012 Presidential Election in which Obama was pitted against Mitt Romney, Devo released a song with arguably the greatest title in musical history. Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro (Seamus Unleashed) was dedicated to the Republican candidate's former pet dog, who apparently travelled in his owner's car roof rack for twelve hours in 1983.

5. Gerald Casale is said to be working on a script for Devo: The Musical with an aim of taking it to Broadway. "The idea's been going on awhile, but no writing has been going on until recently. It's what you'd expect from DEVO," he told San Diego.com in 2011.

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Bob Casale, Founding Member Of Sci-Fi Rockers Devo, Dead At Age 61 4076014 News

Devo vocalist and founder Bob Casale died Monday from “conditions that lead to heart failure,” the band has announced on their Facebook page. Casale was 61. Casale joined the band at its beginning, after Gerald Casale founded Devo with Mark Mothersbaugh when they were students at Kent State University in the early 1970s. Bob was recruited by his brother, along with Mothersbaugh’s brother, also named Bob (Casale was referred to as Bob 2 to differentiate).

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Devo were known for their quirky musical style and excellent taste in head gear. 

Together, the four musicians crafted Devo’s signature synth pop and rock sound, mixing kitsch science fiction themes with social commentary and satire. Casale served as the band’s guitarist and keyboardist, while also helping in the production of many of the songs. He added the signature discordant keyboard to the band’s greatest hit – the 1980 single Whip It. Devo officially broke up in 1991, but continued to tour on and off for the following two decades. In 2010, the band released Something for Everybody, its first new album in 20 years.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"align=center lang="en"><p>Very sad news to report today. Bob &quot;Bob 2&quot; Casale of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Devo&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#Devo</a>. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014 <a href="https://t.co/CrT0lVGJhl" rel="nofollow" >https://t.co/CrT0lVGJhl</a></p>&mdash; DEVO (@DEVO) <a href="https://twitter.com/DEVO/statuses/435826711897604097" rel="nofollow" >February 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," Casale's brother Gerald wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. "His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."

Casale is survived by his wife and two children.

Listen to Whip It below.
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Devo vocalist and founder Bob Casale died Monday from “conditions that lead to heart failure,” the band has announced on their Facebook page. Casale was 61. Casale joined the band at its beginning, after Gerald Casale founded Devo with Mark Mothersbaugh when they were students at Kent State University in the early 1970s. Bob was recruited by his brother, along with Mothersbaugh’s brother, also named Bob (Casale was referred to as Bob 2 to differentiate).

Devo, Art of Elysium
Devo were known for their quirky musical style and excellent taste in head gear. 

Together, the four musicians crafted Devo’s signature synth pop and rock sound, mixing kitsch science fiction themes with social commentary and satire. Casale served as the band’s guitarist and keyboardist, while also helping in the production of many of the songs. He added the signature discordant keyboard to the band’s greatest hit – the 1980 single Whip It. Devo officially broke up in 1991, but continued to tour on and off for the following two decades. In 2010, the band released Something for Everybody, its first new album in 20 years.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"align=center lang="en"><p>Very sad news to report today. Bob &quot;Bob 2&quot; Casale of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Devo&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#Devo</a>. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014 <a href="https://t.co/CrT0lVGJhl" rel="nofollow" >https://t.co/CrT0lVGJhl</a></p>&mdash; DEVO (@DEVO) <a href="https://twitter.com/DEVO/statuses/435826711897604097" rel="nofollow" >February 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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"As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," Casale's brother Gerald wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. "His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."

Casale is survived by his wife and two children.

Listen to Whip It below.
<iframe width="636" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IIEVqFB4WUo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Guitarist Bob Casale Dies At 61 4074608 News

Devo star Bob Casale has died at the age of 61.

Casale passed away on Monday (17Feb14) from health complications which led to heart failure, according to his brother Gerald.

He tells Tmz.com, "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got."

The Casales formed Devo in the early 1970s with brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Alan Myers. The band had a string of new wave hits, including Whip It and Girl U Want, and remain a cult act to this day.

Devo star Bob Casale has died at the age of 61.

Casale passed away on Monday (17Feb14) from health complications which led to heart failure, according to his brother Gerald.

He tells Tmz.com, "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got."

The Casales formed Devo in the early 1970s with brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Alan Myers. The band had a string of new wave hits, including Whip It and Girl U Want, and remain a cult act to this day.

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Alan Myers – Influential Devo Drummer – Dies From Cancer 3736093 News

Devo’s drummer Alan Myers has passed away from cancer, the band confirmed on their website. Myers sat on the drums during Devo’s pomp, rattling the toms for their 1980 mainstream hit "Whip It."

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"I think he probably influenced a lot of drummers that are out there now because he was really great at being very precise and minimalist," Mark Mothersbaugh, the singer and founder of Devo, told Reuters."His minimalist style really suited what we were doing well," said Mothersbaugh, a founder of the band. "We always regretted it when he left." Their website, Club Devo, posted an entry titled: “DEVO MOURNS PASSING OF ALAN MYERS”. In it, they said: “DEVO mourns the passing of our friend Alan Myers, DEVO’s most well-known drummer who died June 24, 2013 after his battle with cancer.”

DevoHere are Devo performing in California

Myers joined Devo in 1976 and left after their 1984 album Shout. An eclectic band, Devo would master the minimalist style, while influencing bands of many genres. After a hiatus, Devo reformed in 2009; Myers was working in Los Angeles as an electrician and playing music in various groups at the time. Drummer Josh Freese also paid his respects, tweeting, “RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome.”

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Devo co-founder Gerald Casale paid tribute to Myers via a series of Twitter posts, telling followers, “In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best – a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!”

Devo’s drummer Alan Myers has passed away from cancer, the band confirmed on their website. Myers sat on the drums during Devo’s pomp, rattling the toms for their 1980 mainstream hit "Whip It."

DevoDevo Art Of Elysium's 4th Annual 'Heaven' Charity Gala

"I think he probably influenced a lot of drummers that are out there now because he was really great at being very precise and minimalist," Mark Mothersbaugh, the singer and founder of Devo, told Reuters."His minimalist style really suited what we were doing well," said Mothersbaugh, a founder of the band. "We always regretted it when he left." Their website, Club Devo, posted an entry titled: “DEVO MOURNS PASSING OF ALAN MYERS”. In it, they said: “DEVO mourns the passing of our friend Alan Myers, DEVO’s most well-known drummer who died June 24, 2013 after his battle with cancer.”

DevoHere are Devo performing in California

Myers joined Devo in 1976 and left after their 1984 album Shout. An eclectic band, Devo would master the minimalist style, while influencing bands of many genres. After a hiatus, Devo reformed in 2009; Myers was working in Los Angeles as an electrician and playing music in various groups at the time. Drummer Josh Freese also paid his respects, tweeting, “RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome.”

DevoAnd here they are again, in Cali

Devo co-founder Gerald Casale paid tribute to Myers via a series of Twitter posts, telling followers, “In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best – a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!”

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Devo 'Whip It' Drummer Alan Myers Dies 3735828 News

You may have not been able to tell them apart in their identical suits and energy dome hats, but US new wave band Devo lost their most prominent drummer, Alan Myers, to brain cancer on 24th June. Myers joined Devo in 1976, replacing lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh's brother, Jim, and preceding David Kendrick.

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Devo Mourn The Loss Of Former Drummer, Alan Myers.

Devo founder Mothersbaugh has paid tribute to the band's former drummer in a statement on Devo's website: "Alan Myers' metronomic drumming style helped define the sparse machinery rhythms that were a signature of our band's early sound." Bass player Gerard Casale mourned: "In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!!! Myers is one of SPIN's greatest alternative drummers of all time, featuring on Devo's 1978 debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo and remaining sticksman for six records until 1984's Shout, gaining an all-time hit with track 'Whip It' from 1980's Freedom of Choice.

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Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh Credited Myers With Defining The Band's Early Sound.

The drummer quit the band in 1986, after becoming frustrated with the increasing use of drum machines, citing lack of creative fulfilment as his reason for leaving. After Devo, he joined his girlfriend Greta Ionita's band Babooshka, remaining an active musician by recording and performing.

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Former Devo Drummer Alan Myers Has Died Following Cancer Battle.

Myers death was announced by jazz musician Ralph Carney (Patrick Carney from The Black Keys' uncle), posting on Facebook: "i just got some bad news. Alan Myers passed yesterday from cancer. he was Devo's best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. i cry".

A sure fan favourite, Myers' influence upon the group and music industry will be felt for a long time to come.

Watch Devo's 'Whip It':

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You may have not been able to tell them apart in their identical suits and energy dome hats, but US new wave band Devo lost their most prominent drummer, Alan Myers, to brain cancer on 24th June. Myers joined Devo in 1976, replacing lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh's brother, Jim, and preceding David Kendrick.

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Devo Mourn The Loss Of Former Drummer, Alan Myers.

Devo founder Mothersbaugh has paid tribute to the band's former drummer in a statement on Devo's website: "Alan Myers' metronomic drumming style helped define the sparse machinery rhythms that were a signature of our band's early sound." Bass player Gerard Casale mourned: "In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!!! Myers is one of SPIN's greatest alternative drummers of all time, featuring on Devo's 1978 debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo and remaining sticksman for six records until 1984's Shout, gaining an all-time hit with track 'Whip It' from 1980's Freedom of Choice.

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Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh Credited Myers With Defining The Band's Early Sound.

The drummer quit the band in 1986, after becoming frustrated with the increasing use of drum machines, citing lack of creative fulfilment as his reason for leaving. After Devo, he joined his girlfriend Greta Ionita's band Babooshka, remaining an active musician by recording and performing.

Devo
Former Devo Drummer Alan Myers Has Died Following Cancer Battle.

Myers death was announced by jazz musician Ralph Carney (Patrick Carney from The Black Keys' uncle), posting on Facebook: "i just got some bad news. Alan Myers passed yesterday from cancer. he was Devo's best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. i cry".

A sure fan favourite, Myers' influence upon the group and music industry will be felt for a long time to come.

Watch Devo's 'Whip It':

<iframe width="636" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IIEVqFB4WUo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

 

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