Devo, the Ohio-based rock group that was formed in 1972, struggled during the early years and was little more than some guys playing their eclectic music mix in a garage. But, as history records, they were in the right place at the right time with the arrival of MTV and the video that begins with “Crack that whip!”
Fame, eight commercial albums, retirement, revival, retirement, revival … Devo, ironically, “evolved.”
Now skip ahead 42-years from their humble beginnings to a June evening last year at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California and the “Hardcore Devo” concert … a 21-song tribute to their recently departed band mate, Bob Casale (heart failure in February of 2014).
MVD Entertainment Group has tabbed Feb. 24 as the release date for Devo: Hardcore Live! This live concert event will be available as either DVD or Blu-ray editions.
Included in the mix are “Jocko Homo,” “Uncontrollable Urge,” “Mechanical Man,” “Space Girl Blues,” and “Satisfaction.”
Also heading to the DVD market place on Feb. 24 from MVD Entertainment Group is documentary filmmaker Gary Bredow’s High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music, a look at the birth and growth of techno music on the streets and clubs of Detroit over a 20-year period beginning in the late 60s.
Interviewed are the likes of Juan Atkins (Belleville Three), producer and recording artist Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin (aka: Plastikman), Matthew Dear, Eddie Fowlkes and many more. Bonus features here include deleted scenes, outtakes and bonus interviews.
Lastly, Feb. 24 will see the DVD debut of Hip Hop Story: Complete … a three-part assembly (running nearly four-hours) that includes “HipHop Story: Tha Movie,” “HipHop Story 2: Dirty South” and “HipHop Story 3: Coast to Coast.”