New Devo song, video catchy like virus

I really have no idea why I never got into Devo. And I’m kicking myself for it. (Not too hard, of course. Marching band gave me phenomenally strong legs.)

ANYWAY… I can’t stop spinning “Don’t Shoot (I’m: a Man).” The song sounds incredible: Devo infused today’s musical innovations and technology with the spirit and vibe of the ’80s. The video looks like it’s done by a guy who used to do Target commercials, then got fired, but couldn’t get the palette out of his head. The “Don’t taze me, bro” chorus the perfect ending. Check it out:

Scott Meeker, J Magazine overlord, saw the band live last weekend. He had this report about the concert:

It was one of those unlikely rock ‘n’ roll moments.

The Buzz Under the Stars concert lineup at Kansas City’s City Market last weekend was headlined by singer-songwriter Ben Folds, who put on a great show, and bands such as Silversun Pickups and Against Me.

But squeezed in the middle of the lineup was Devo — a group of 60-somethings clad in matching grey uniforms and masks (and, later, those familiar yellow radiation suits and energy dome hats) that put their much younger peers to shame.

Mixing old songs like “Whip It” and their off-kilter cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” with selections from “Something for Everyone,” the band’s first album in 20 years, their set was part cheesy nostalgia act, part mind-blowing head trip into some bizarro future world where the ’80s is a sacred religion, and all fun.

Catchy new songs such as “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man)” were backed by eye-popping video backdrops featuring an angry kitty, a frightened-looking windsock and a french fry mating with a doughnut. It was over-the-top, but in a good way, and the crowd ate it up. Very “geek-out” worthy.

(In an unrelated note: Around the same time at the other end of I-70 in St. Louis, Kings of Leon walked off the stage three songs into their set when a pigeon pooped into the mouth of their bass player. If your “sex is on fire,” bird poop will apparently put it right out.)

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