Devo’s Choice

devoQuick note to say that Devo celebrated their 1980 release “Freedom of Choice” by playing it all to a packed house on November 7, 2009 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. We attended this show rather than that of the prior evening when they played “Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo“. We picked the second show given that “Freedom” was a more popular work, including hits “Whip It”, “Girl U Want” and the title track, all of which would be more familiar to my companions. The show was brief but very tight. The show began a bit oddly as three videos from the album were projected before the band took the stage. This did serve the purpose of reminding many of us about the original days of music video and MTV – I wondered how many of the younger members of the audience had spent any time seeking out videos by their favorite bands these days. After the final track, the band did a quick encore consisting of a few more tracks ending with “Beautiful World.” At this stage you can’t blame the band for losing a bit of it’s edge live in terms of the tight synchronized movements of the past, particularly since the music and vocals are still spot on. Given the number of folky-emo bands out these days, the chance to catch a classic act blasting through three minute power-pop was a welcome respite!  Recommended.