Devo – Freedom Of Choice

Let’s talk about Energy Domes. First of all, yes, they were not actually upside down flower pots. These energy domes were introduced with the release of Devo’s Freedom of Choice which brought Whip It to the mainstream. Whip It peaked at #14 on the Billboard Pop Charts. I think that hearing Devo on pop stations is the turning point that changed New Wave to not be as cool. Of course, now we hear it in grocery stores and not even the musak versions, but the originals. But I digress…

The liner notes of the album included a mail-in form to purchase energy domes and other Devo memorabilia. I wish I had one today, not for the monetary value, but just because.

There is not a real reason to talk about Whip It, everyone knows this song.

Two other tracks stand out on the album for me though. Girl U Want is a driving song with the mix of vocals and music reminiscent of The Knack’s My Sharona. Now that I really think about it, there are a few similarities. Consider this snippet:

She sings from somewhere you can’t see
She sits in the top of the greenest tree
She sends out an aroma of undefined love
It drips on down in a mist from above
She’s just the girl, she’s just the girl
The girl you want
She’s just the girl, she’s just the girl
The girl you want

Not especially meaningful, but delivered in a catchy, repeatable rhythm that you can’t get out of your head after listening to it. Beware.

Freedom of Choice is the second outstanding track for me. I think is because of a story I had read about a dog who had a bone in the city of Pompeii and was found by archaeologists while excavating… with the bone still in his mouth.

This, though, is a story of a different dog, who had too many choices and couldn’t decide between them.┬áThe dog in this story appears to represent┬ásociety in general behold…

In ancient Rome
There was a poem
About a dog
Who found two bones
He picked at one
He licked the other
He went in circles
He dropped dead

Freedom of choice
Is what you got
Freedom of choice!

Then if you got it you don’t want it
Seems to be the rule of thumb
Don’t be tricked by what you see
You got two ways to go