Devo, Procter and Gamble sellouts, attack Romney, corporations

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.

Devo Calls Palin Stupid. Swiffer Wet Jet Commericals Not Paying the Bills.

You know that Devo has milked "Whip It" for all it's worth when they start Palin bashing. It's been a good couple of decades, but the search for relevance always begins by taking pot shots at a prominent conservative.

What do you do when you’re a has-been band that needs to wear weird headgear for people to recognize you? If you’re Devo you sell out by doing Swiffer Wet Jet commercials. And when that’s done you insult Sarah Palin. Devo has long talked about the theory of “de-evolution”, and in a recent interview they state that Sarah Palin’s popularity is proof of that theory.

One wonders what “evolved” humans like Devo believe. Perhaps in their world it’s okay when the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Department of Treasury report soaring deficits. Our national debt isn’t going to be the end of us—it’s just “evolving.” Likewise, universal truths and rights aren’t enshrined in the Constitution; it too “evolves,” (preferably to a New Wave soundtrack).

Spinner magazine’s Mike Doherty must really like Devo, because the tried-and-true method for any liberal past their prime is to screech about the conservative target de rigueur. Searching for relevance? Today’s target is Sarah Palin. Asked about Palin’s bus tour, Devo’s Gerald Casale replied:

Say no more. We rest our case. We’ve often said this, but if somebody in 1980 with a crystal ball had showed you the world in 2011, you would have thought it was a cheap, B-movie sci-fi dystopia that would in fact never happen, and dismissed it. Now it’s here, in all of its horror. You talk about stupid, you can’t beat Sarah Palin!

Sarah Palin travels around the United States, speaking extemporaneously on a number of public policy issues. She does so, knowing that the media is recording every word—waiting for her to slip up—so that they can push the perception of her as a dolt through yet another news cycle. Devo? They have “Whip It” on constant rotation for friendly audiences looking to relive the 80’s, if only for a few hours. And why wouldn’t they? The 80’s were a great time. Ronald Reagan was busy getting the economy back on track, winning the Cold War, and rebuilding the military so it could be prepared for the wars of the 21st century. Critics called him stupid too—and then the Berlin Wall came down.

According to Devo, human evolution peaked, “right after the A-bomb, a last hurrah.” That’s interesting, considering some of the gems that took place in the decades that followed. I’d ask Devo if they thought the Great Society and the “War on Poverty” were the marks of enlightened men, or if they just contributed to burning down the house?

Everyone knows who Sarah Palin is. Devo? They’re lucky if someone confuses them with The Talking Heads, which is why they’re relegated to taking pot shots at her in online Canadian magazines.

Good luck on that new album, guys. If you want some exposure maybe you should consider opening up for Sarah Palin.