Whip It – Devo (1980)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Whip It by Devo. The record was released in 1980, on the Virgin record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of  the Devo ‘Energy Hat’ as worn by the Devo band members. The hat is ontop of the Devo ‘Energy Balls’ which spell out the bands name.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Devo, Electronic New Wave,  kitsch science fiction or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Whip It
Media Artist/s: Devo
Record Label: Virgin
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Electronic /New Wave

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Devo – The Artist/s

Devo is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio formed in 1973. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”, the song that gave the band mainstream popularity. Devo is known for their music and stage shows mingling kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their early, pre Warner Bros. dissonant songs use synthetic instrumentation and time signatures proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly new wave, industrial, and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating clips for the LaserDisc format, with “Whip It” getting heavy airplay in the early days of MTV.

Whip It – The Song

Whip It’ is a song by American rock band Devo from their third album Freedom of Choice (1980). It is a new wave and synth-pop song that features a synthesiser, electric guitar, bass guitar, and drums in its instrumentation. The apparently nonsensical lyrics have a common theme revolving around the ability to deal with one’s problems by “whipping it”. Co-written by bassist Gerald Casale and singer Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo recorded “Whip It” with producer Robert Margouleff at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. Although “Whip It” was released as the second single from Freedom of Choice, Warner Bros. Records did not expect it to be a hit, due to its nonstandard tempo and strange lyrics. The disc jockey Kal Rudman took an interest in the song and it was soon being played on several radio stations in the Southeastern United States. Peaking at number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100, “Whip It” became a hit single and found chart success in several countries.

The Energy Hat & Balls  – The Shape

This record has been modelled into the red ‘Energy Hat’ worn and popularised by the band members of Devo.  The hat sits on top of the ‘Energy Balls’ that are part of the Devo logo, with each ball containing a letter from ‘Devo.’

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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1 review for Whip It – Devo (1980)

  1. Kim (verified owner)

    Fabulous design and very nicely presented and framed.

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