Ironically, Devo's Debut Was a Huge Step Forward
Despite mixed reviews, 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!' is now seen as a classic.
The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton once said that the band jokingly considered naming their debut album The Cars' Greatest Hits. But here's the thing: it's not terribly far off the mark. When it was released in 1978, that self-titled record was some of the most unique rock and roll in America, combining strutting power pop, sizzling guitar solos, shimmering synthesizers and the unique vocal tag team of frontman/principal songwriter Ric Ocasek (whose nervous vocal hiccup recalled Buddy Holly) and bassist Benjamin Orr.