It wasn’t too long ago that Devo, the group behind the well-known song “Whip It,” was attacking Sarah Palin. Having sunk to the level of doing Swiffer Wet Jet commercials, the band needed credibility and exposure. For those in the entertainment industry who can’t get attention, the surest way is to come out swinging against a Republican — and Devo delivered.
Now that Sarah Palin is a bit more removed from the spotlight, Devo has found a new target: Mitt Romney. More specifically, they’ve created a tune about his dog Seamus:
Devo’s Jerry Casale wants it to be known that their newest song, “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro,” isn’t meant as a partisan statement – even though it viciously mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his Irish Setter, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a 1983 family vacation.
“This isn’t a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama,” he says. “But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. …
In 2008, Devo did a fundraising show for President Obama in their hometown of Akron. Does Casale approve of his job performance over the past three-and-a-half years? “No!” he says. “Absolutely not. Devo are not naive people. If anyone still thinks that the President of the United States of America runs things, they really live in the Wizard of Oz-land. My God, we’re a plutocracy. We’re owned and leveraged by global corporations.”
He still plans on voting for Obama, though. “That’s the safer choice,” he says. “Believe me. If we have real choice. There isn’t freedom of choice anymore. The difference between the two parties is like the difference between Pepsi and Coke.“
I suppose everything would have been cool if Mitt Romney rode a motorcycle and simply strapped his dog into the seat belt of a sidecar in 1983, but sadly that never happened. What did happen, however, was that years ago Lolo Soetoro fed a young Barack Obama dog meat. I’ll be eagerly awaiting a song by Devo about how backwards Indonesians are for roasting Fido over an open flame.
Question: How hilarious is it that a band that sold out to The Procter & Gamble Company through Swiffer Wet Jet commercials is now lecturing us how we’re “owned and leveraged” by global corporations? Wrong Devo — YOU ARE. Devo sold out, and now they want the rest of the world to believe we’re all a bunch of sellouts. Devo could have went the Tom Waits route, but they didn’t. And now they want us to believe that while they do fundraisers for Obama, they’re not partisan hacks. They want us to think that even though they’re on the Procter & Gamble dole, there’s something wrong with the rest of us for buying the company’s products.
Years ago I ran the “Run Hit Wonder” Nike 5K in Los Angeles, California. Guess who was singing at the finish line? You guessed it: Devo. They’ve been selling out for about a decade. Next time they tell you the election is like choosing between “Coke and Pepsi” perhaps someone should correct them and say, “No Devo, it’s more like Nike and Procter & Gamble.”
See you in four years, Devo. I’ll assume there will be another record to put out and a new GOP star who you can use for the next Rolling Stone interview.