Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

24 Apr
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"I thought it was the quintessential rock song," Mothersbaugh states. "In those days, to do a song cover, you had to get permission from the artist. So [Devo co-founder] Gerald Casale and I went to the Rolling Stones' manager's office in Manhattan and Mick Jagger came in and he just kind of looked at us. We put the record on the turntable, and after about 30 seconds, he jumps up and starts dancing around to it. Then he said to us, [in a British accent] 'That's my favorite version of this song!' To us, even that he was in the same room was pretty overwhelming."

Still, Devo approached their videos as art long before bands were doing so. "They weren't just commercial advertisements to get on MTV," Mothersbaugh says. "We thought sound and vision was going to bury rock & roll and that we were apart of something brand new that was much bigger than rock & roll."


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