Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Devo - Mongoloid/Jocko Homo (1977) 7" Vinyl-Rip

"Mongoloid" is the first single released by Devo in 1977, on the "Booji Boy" label. It was backed with the song Jocko Homo. Mongoloid also had one of the first music videos made using collage. Mongoloid would later be re-recorded by Devo, and appear on the album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! in 1978. It is also a staple of Devo's live shows.
"Mongoloid," like many of Devo's early songs, was built on a motorik beat. The song opens with a 4/4 electric bass line, which is then joined by drums, and electric guitar. Over this, a swooping synthesizer line is played on Minimoog, using the pitch bend to create a spooky effect. The synth is not used as a lead instrument during the song, but only the opening and closing. The doubled vocals are sung simultaneously by both Gerald V. Casale and "Bob 1" (Bob Mothersbaugh). On the original single, the vocals are deliberately sung in a nasal fashion.

"Jocko Homo" is the B-side to Devo's first single, "Mongoloid." Based on a chant from the movie Island of Lost Souls,[1] "Jocko Homo" is considered to be Devo's anthem. The title is taken from an anti-evolution tract called Jocko-Homo Heavenbound by B. H. Shadduck. The song revolves around an idiosyncratic descending guitar riff and absurdist lyrics. The song peaked at #62 on the UK Singles Chart.
(from Wikipedia)

Ripped at 320kbps from 7" vinyl

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this version of "Jocko Homo". This was the first version I heard of this song on the radio (college radio - Princeton U) back when it first came out. I loved the "O-Hi-O" call and response bridge, but was disappointed when it was not like that on the album. I thought this version would be on the Devo album "Greatest Misses" but it still didn't have that bridge! Finally, after using Google images to search for "Booji Boy", I found your blog, and the version of "Jocko Homo" I've been looking for for 35 years! Thanks again!