Devo – The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize (1979)

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A seminal New Wave synthpop album, Duty Now for the Future was eventually heralded as one of the first pop/rock or AOR releases of a major record label to rely heavily on synthesizers, which went on to be widely used in the subsequent New Wave genre of the 1980s. As an offshoot of punk rock, New Wave music had consisted primarily of guitar-based songs derived from traditional rock and roll and blues scales and riffs, as represented by Devo’s punk contemporaries The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Clash. Legendary Punk Rock icon Henry Rollins is among the many musicians that praise the album’s innovations. Rollins’ short-lived Infinite Zero reissue label (an offshoot of American Recordings) was responsible for the first U.S. CD release of Duty Now for the Future in 1994. The album had been continually overlooked by original label Warner Brothers. The 1995 US CD issue on Infinite Zero Archive/American Recordings (the first American version on CD) came with two bonus tracks: the “Secret Agent Man” single b-side “Soo Bawlz” (written by Mark Mothersbaugh) and the Brian Eno-produced “Penetration in the Centrefold,” (written by G.V. Casale and M. Mothersbaugh), originally the B-side of the UK release of “The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize.”

[via Henrik Møll on Bongorama]

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