Devo wants you to know that while it attacks Mitt Romney and does fundraisers for President Obama … they’re not partisan. And while they hate corporations, there’s nothing wrong with them taking a check from Nike or Procter and Gamble.

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.

Here’s me, crossing the finish line of the Nike Run Hit Wonder 5K years ago in Los Angeles. Devo was selling out in those days, too. We all have bills to pay, but some of us don’t attack the corporations that make it possible. Note: Nike made runners wear the embarrassing shirt. The really short shorts? I have no excuse.

7 comments

  1. Devo is exactly as you say they are. Sellouts. Hard to bemoan a system you are actively part of.

    That said, what the holy hell was Romney thinking strapping the family dog to the roof of his car. That’s something you’d see in a National Lampoon’s Vacation movie. How daft is that clown?

    Obama was fed dog meat as a child? And you italicizes it. I laughed at that one. Was there supposed to be some equivalency between a child eating what a family member was serving and an adult man who thought it a good idea to strap the family dog on the roof like luggage?

    Doug, I get you are trying to make a name for yourself as a “conservative” blogger/podcaster and I truly wish you luck, but would you please consider being the smart, level-headed one? There are enough Limbaughs, Hannitys, an O’Reilly’s out there. I know you can, but the temptation of being loud and uncivil will get you clicks and views, but you may soon sellout yourself. Plus, I’d really like to hear your ideas on solving some of these issues.

    1. Notice how I said I was waiting for Devo to write a song on how Indonesia was backwards — and not the younger version of President Obama? I’m sure you did, but it’s easier to say that I was targeting him.

      Same thing with the Chick-fil-A fiasco. Liberals will take on Dan Cathy while the entire middle east is filled with nutjob mullahs who kill gay people.

    2. Easier to say you were targeting him? “What did happen, however, was that years ago Lolo Soetoro fed a young Barack Obama dog meat.” I still don’t know how you managed to bring that shitty analogy into the conversation about Mitt strapping the family dog to the roof for a family road trip. Apples and dog meat, my friend, apples and dog meat.

      DEVO may be clowns, sure, but you’re using ad hominem attacks to drown out some perfectly reasonable opinions of theirs. Coke and Pepsi, good point. Both parties suck, right on. Obama being slightly less awful than Mitt, well, I wouldn’t go that far. Dead heat in suckitude. Give me a better candidate.

      Chik-fil-A fiasco? So, we as a people should condone a small injustice because another religion is even less tolerant of gays? Wow. Perhaps MLK should have softened his message to “well, blacks aren’t treated as bad as holocaust Jews, so liberals should leave the KKK alone.”

      People who are mad (not just liberals, but nice try) about a few things about Dan Cathy’s recent statements. Did you actually read them? Here’s a quote:

      “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

      God then shook his fist and struck down Chik-fil-A’s head of PR with a heart attack.

      God’s mercy? Boobs like him actually attribute natural disasters to their god being angry about gay marriage. Plus, there’s the uncomfortable fact that this guy’s company gave money to Exodus International, who’s schtick was “curing” gays and, while receiving Chik-fil-A money, attending a certain Ugandan conference–one where gays were blamed for the rise of Naziism, parents were blamed for their children’s homosexuality, gays were blamed for recruiting/molesting children, and other horrible, inhuman things.

      That’s why people are upset. And there’s plenty of conservatives who agree. It’s not just “liberal” boogeymen, Doug. If Cathy doesn’t agree with gay marriage, fine. That’s his prerogative. Support Exodus and make comments like that and that’s something else entirely…a fiasco.

    3. Not sure of the conference you speaking of, but I’ve been to plenty of conferences in my day, and sometimes you have speakers who say dumb, offensive things when most of the people are sane and don’t advocate anything extreme at all.

      Regardless, you continue to take something I say and jump to a conclusion that is so far away from anything that I would ever say or believe that it becomes laughable.

      Dan Cathy believes marriage should be defined as the union of one man and woman, and he states his belief in God as the reason for it. Gay people are welcome to eat in his restaurants and they’re treated with respect. There’s no “gay test” when they walk in the door. So if someone doesn’t like the guy they can just … not go there.

  2. The latest blatherings of a has-been-never-was-white-noise-based rock group proves what I’ve suspected: Underneath those flowerpot helmets lay potfuls of organic equine fertilizer.

    1. It’s just sad when an artist is so desperate to stay relevant and they realize the only way they can do so is by making fun of Republicans, Conservatives, etc.

  3. I guess it’s safe to say you won’t see any Devo devotees buying tickets to see Ted Nugent at a NASCAR event.

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