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Devo Live 1980

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Subject: Be Stiff, Booji Boy, Freedom of Choice (album), This Is the Devo Box, Fred Weber
Collection: 2005 Live Albums, 2005 Video Albums, Devo Albums, Devo Video Albums, Live Video Albums
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Devo Live 1980

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 The DualDisc release is available in both jewel case (CD) and Amaray (DVD) packaging.  There has also been a DVD only release without any CD audio. 

Track listing

DVD side

  1. "Freedom of Choice Theme Song"
  2. "Whip It"
  3. "Snowball"
  4. "It's Not Right"
  5. "Girl U Want"
  6. "Planet Earth"
  7. "S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)"
  8. "Secret Agent Man"
  9. "Pink Pussycat"
  10. "Blockhead"
  11. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  12. "Uncontrollable Urge"
  13. "Mongoloid"
  14. "Be Stiff"
  15. "Gates of Steel"
  16. "Freedom of Choice"
  17. "Jocko Homo"
  18. "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA"
  19. "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy"
  20. "Come Back Jonee"
  21. "Tunnel of Life"
  22. "Devo Corporate Anthem"

CD side

  1. "Whip It"
  2. "Snowball"
  3. "It's Not Right"
  4. "Girl U Want"
  5. "Planet Earth"
  6. "S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)"
  7. "Secret Agent Man"
  8. "Pink Pussycat"
  9. "Blockhead"
  10. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  11. "Uncontrollable Urge"
  12. "Mongoloid"
  13. "Be Stiff"
  14. "Gates of Steel"
  15. "Freedom of Choice"
  16. "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA"
  17. "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy"
  18. "Come Back Jonee"


Technical personnel

  • Joe Reis - director, producer, main cameraman
  • Mike Varga, Geoff Falasca - editing
  • James W. Kelley - animation
  • Bob Casale - DVD and CD audio mastering
  • Chris Seyer, Big Round Sound Productions - alternate DVD audio mastering


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External links

  • Devo Live 1980MVD's page on
  • Club Devo - Official website
  • Devo Live Guide - Comprehensive guide to Devo's live performances.
  • Devo Live 1980 Review

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