Song: No Place Like Home
This track is off of Devo’s ninth and most recent studio album, 2010’s Something for Everybody - their first recording in two decades. On the whole it’s a return to classic form for the Ohio band. I caught these guys in their shiny yellow jumpsuits on their debut tour in the fall of 1978 - haven’t been the same since. Their sense of humour and penchant for vividly theatrical performance art and tongue-in-cheek witticisms hooked and gutted me. In the new millennium Devo’s mission remains essentially unchanged - use pithy, lateral humour and glossy new-wave kitsch to forge incisive, hook-laden commentary on society and its oft-questionable conventions. In No Place Like Home there is perhaps less humour than usual, owing to the gravity of the song’s theme: the Anthropocene era’s relentless consumption and rampant materialism inevitably ravaging the earth, rendering it increasingly inhospitable for homo sapiens. Somehow the lads pull off the message without sounding preachy or shrill - rather, there’s a veiled poignancy and sombreness that’s rare for this band. The official video, with its fantastic retro animation, is a treat.
Posted by Max MacDonald