In a beautifully animated video, Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh explains -- from his perspective -- the origins of the art rock band. Devo itself formed in 1972, and was influenced by the members' concept of "de-evolution" and witnessing the Kent State shootings.
The inspiration for Mark Mothersbaugh to become an artist -- and more specifically a musician -- goes back much further than 1972 and are explored in the video below:
And watch Devo's hit "Whip It":
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