Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2010 (ranked #150) .

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Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
Freedom Of Choice (1980)

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Uncontrollable Urge (1978)
Whip It (1980)
Freedom Of Choice (1980)

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Will Devo be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


40 comments so far (post your own)


Posted by john plotner on Saturday, 08.26.06 @ 14:26pm

They're worthy of the induction!

Posted by Monica Lightner on Sunday, 08.27.06 @ 09:32am

Devo were more of an influence on today's music than the Stooges. It should have been them this year.

Posted by Tom Keirstead on Wednesday, 11.1.06 @ 20:30pm

The definitive American New Wave band. Influence is beyond measure. Plus, they're fun! Crack that whip!

Posted by lightninli on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 01:51am

Devo was the first new wave band even though they only had one hit. They are also number 82 on VH1's greatest artists of all time.

Posted by James on Friday, 04.6.07 @ 15:51pm

I like the group but they have this touch of 2nd degree that is for me not really something that the hallis looking for.I don't really see a place for them in the hall. they are maybe upper than that or maybe not

Posted by roméo on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 09:51am

i went to the devo concert on halloween




Posted by KiX on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:05pm

I don't think Devo stands much of a chance, since there's too much of a "novelty act" tag that really cannot be shaken off easily.

Posted by liam on Friday, 01.11.08 @ 12:21pm

Devo are the electric rebels of Pop, which is the tame child of rock'n'roll. They put rock'n'roll back into Pop!

Posted by Blaz on Wednesday, 04.23.08 @ 13:33pm

Devo started recording in 74 and are still doing shows in 2008. They were and still are very inventive and deserve the Hall of Fame more than most bands that already have been inducted.

Posted by skull on Tuesday, 05.20.08 @ 21:25pm

How Devo is not in the Rock Hall of Fame is criminal!
These guys were way ahead of their time musically and socially.
They stood out as originators and their style of music can be heard today!

Posted by iNDO on Sunday, 05.3.09 @ 12:25pm

they're not in it already??


they're soo important-- if you don't understand why then you're totally lame---- + they've inspired MANY bands in their time!!

Posted by gildagra on Tuesday, 05.5.09 @ 00:01am

How DEVO is not in the rock hall of fame is criminal!
These guys were way ahead of their time musically and socially.
Listen to music now, whether it's rock or pop and you can hear their influence on today's music.
How these guys are passed up every year is insane!
But artist like Steely Dan can get in?

Posted by iNDO on Saturday, 07.18.09 @ 02:55am

Prehaps their new album will help them get in?

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.12.10 @ 11:17am

Actualyl considering its more electronic than rock maybe not.
But I still believe they deserve a place.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 08.10.10 @ 11:24am

I suppose they were among the pioneers of electronic music (or Techno), along with Gary Numan, but these guys had one huge, long-lasting hit, and then pretty much disappeared. I know they still play occasionally, but I am not convinced they will be inducted--though I could be convinced they deserve induction.

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 09.23.10 @ 13:37pm

First three albums are generally excellent, if gimmicky (or as Liam said "novelty"-ish)

Posted by chalkie on Monday, 10.18.10 @ 08:22am

First three albums are generally excellent, if gimmicky (or as Liam said "novelty"-ish)

Posted by chalkie on Monday, 10.18.10 @ 08:22am

Devo hardly strikes me as a novelty act. Try Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Napoleon XIV, Sheb Wooley or Allen Sherman, even if you wouldn't be quite there, you'd at least be close.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 09:45am

I live in the macro-microcosmic wasteland that is Ohio and understand exactly where Devo were coming from. They weren't a 'novelty' act, they were just on a different wavelength, which is what I thought rock 'n' roll was all about!

They did quirky covers as well as originals. "Working In The Coal Mine", "Satisfaction", "It Takes A Worried Man", and made those old songs their own.

"Jocko Homo", Girl U Want", and especially "Through Being Cool" expressed their vision that its Ok to be misfit, and not only that, but if you do fit in you're just not thinking. They appealled to the same kind of mentality that The Doors did a decade and a half earlier.

And, oh yeah, musically, they influenced almost all of the current brand of cyber-pop. It is a CRIME they are not in yet, but I do think they will be eventually.

Posted by Mike Scott on Wednesday, 02.2.11 @ 12:36pm

The hell is cyber pop?
Oh well.
They deserve in.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 06.7.11 @ 16:11pm

"musically, they influenced almost all of the current brand of cyber-pop" - Mike Scott

Cyber pop? What's next, industrial gothic post-reggae revival?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 10:20am

"Cyber pop? What's next, industrial gothic post-reggae revival?"

-When I start hearing about all these alleged musical genres, sub-genres and sub-sub-genres, my eyes glaze over.

Posted by astrodog on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 18:24pm

devo did soemtihng diffrent. i belvie devo hep lead to the modern techno and dubstep bands, liek them or not. they were doing what skrillex and daft punk were doign all the way back in 1978. tehy led to a revolution of nerd and techno rock, whuch can be seen in artists like daftpunk, They might be giants, and many others. devo will get theryre day, and i hoep to watch them preform whip it on the stage at teh waldorf

Posted by corey on Sunday, 12.4.11 @ 03:55am

First off the R&RHOF is controlled by people who are out to make money, period. They are afraid of DEVO, plain and simple. Innovators, chronicles of the destruction of AKRON by the suits that sold off the rubber empire, synthesizer geniuses and BOB 1's guitar simply blaze. But they wont give them the time of day because the lads (heh) might actually appear and say something meaningful. Anyway, they deserve to be in there and someday will be, just as soon as the ninnies and twits that decide this stuff are all dead and gone.
Oh, and P.S., if you should ever get the opportunity to see the band live you should do so. They put on one of if not the best shows you will ever see and I have seen them all, from Pink Floyd to the Stones and all the rest. DEVO stands alone, and that, my friends, is just as it should be. Duty Now!

Posted by southsidespud on Wednesday, 11.14.12 @ 18:31pm

Kraftwerk has to be inducted before Devo.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 11.14.12 @ 20:57pm

I think Devo is a deserving band. They were an early new wave/post-punk band (first singles in 1976) that successfully crossed over into the mainstream in 1980. But the R&RHF has a well-documented 80s phobia. The Cars and the B52s are other bands from that era that get passed over despite significant success.
Not sure why Kraftwerk has to be inducted before Devo. And shouldn't the Silver Apples be inducted before Kraftwerk? I like Kraftwerk but they certainly were not the first or the most successful electronic artist.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 05:26am

Yeah not following that Kraftwerk must go before Devo self.

And astro, while Silver Apples do predate kraftwerk, kraftwerks impact was just so much larger, especially considering that the main line electronic music that came after it (synthpop then techno) was derived largely from Kraftwerk. Also Silver Apples are still pretty obscure, unlike Kraftwerk.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 11:32am

@GFW-You could easily argue that Moroder had a bigger impact than Kraftwerk. I'm not saying Kraftwerk shouldn't get in. They were an important band in that genre and it's nice to see the R&RHF broaden its horizons. But I do think people make a mistake in claiming that Kraftwerk was somehow uniquely synonomous with electronic music.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 11.15.12 @ 15:11pm

"Whip It" kind of destroyed their chances to get into the hall of fame, which is a shame. Devo were innovators

Posted by Marth on Monday, 01.21.13 @ 18:02pm

RIP, Alan Myers. The beat of Devo.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.27.13 @ 07:42am

Devo's first single, Mongoloid, was out in 1977. So they were eligible in 2002 (the 2003 ceremony).

Posted by Florian on Tuesday, 10.29.13 @ 06:30am

What if Devo is inducted before Kraftwerk?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 11.13.13 @ 07:31am

People calling DEVO a novelty act need to just stop trying to have opinions on music. Really, stop talking. "Novelty" is Pac-man Fever, Disco Duck, Do the Bartman--eg, briefly lived pop fads involving non-musicians. DEVO have released MANY albums. Typical ignorance of people who don't look beyond mainstream radio.

I believe this band is hall of fame-worthy. They are true pioneers in a genre/era of music, very influential, and since the RR HOF has started to open up to New Wave/Punk via inductions of Blondie, The Police and Sex Pistols, there seems to be good room for DEVO.
Also, as much as the utterly legendary Kraftwerk also deserve an induction, they formed as a Prog-Rock band and weren't doing the synth-oriented thing right off the bat--their first lp known for the primarily electronic "Kraftwerk sound" wasn't released much longer before DEVO started recording (who already had their known sound, just less "polished"), in fact it was close to the same year. So I'm not seeing such a necessity for them to be inducted before DEVO. If we were talking Gary Numan, then sure, Kratwerk should come first.

Posted by jfon on Friday, 02.7.14 @ 07:27am

And to corey, I mostly agree with you, except for comparing DEVO to Skrillex and the like. "Dubstep" seems to be British ghetto dance club nonsense with no roots in the new wave/post-punk that DEVO emerged from (and helped innovate). I'd rather attribute that stuff to a combination of Afrika Bambaata and Italo-disco if I had to pick (not to say that these acts were ghetto, but Dubstep seems to have been created by British "chavs"--plus look at it's recurrence in hip-hop now).

Posted by jfon on Friday, 02.7.14 @ 07:40am

RIP, Bob Casale

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 14:12pm

It's about time already!

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 23:26pm

Two of their members just passed away within the last year. That might spur the Hall of Fame to nominate them again this year.

Posted by NixtonV on Thursday, 07.10.14 @ 11:45am

Among all the underground punk bands throughout the 70s Devo was the most subversive of them all. Their vignettes of decadent American life were paralleled by none and misinterpreted by many. They truly were the pioneers that got scalped. Their first 2 records are generally perceived as excellent by the punk standards, and when they achieved international acclaim due to the 1980 single Whip It from the Freedom of Choice album they seamlessly transitioned to a fully synthetic instrumentation hugely influential and utterly brilliant. As well as the incredibly challenging experimental music from their early days compiled on their wonderful Hardcore Devo compilations.

Posted by jdog on Friday, 01.15.16 @ 13:48pm

"Whip It" kind of made the case for Devo's induction and killed it at the same time. On one hand, it changed them from just another obscure-but-influential group into a group with small (but still existent) commercial success, and incredible influence. On the other hand, it's video and lyrics made them a novelty act in the eyes of the public.

Posted by Max on Saturday, 05.21.16 @ 18:35pm


great Band should be in the Hall

Posted by mitchell on Friday, 11.17.17 @ 20:50pm

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