TITLE: Duty Now for the Future
YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #73 US, #49 UK
SINGLES: The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize, Secret Agent Man
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Clockout, Wiggly World.
LINEUP: Mike Motherspaugh, Gerald V. Casale. Bob Motherspaugh, Bob Casale, Alan Myers
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: While there’s some great songs here, much of the album seems forced, or is just filler.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If there ever was a record to skip through, this one is it. While there are some absolute classics (“Clockout, “Wiggly World”, “Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA”), there is definitely some filler her, and some retread ideas and themes (“Blockhead” and “SIB” is definitely the latter, “Red Eye” is former).
Because of the meh/good/meh nature of the album, it’s definitely a disappointment. I am sure there are some themes inherit to the record on why cuts one and three were synth instrumentals, and why they’d put a song as annoying as “Pink Pussycat” on here, but the album is what it is.
The good songs are worth grabbing for sure, and they add to the Devo story. The relative failure of this album put Devo back a bit.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Secret Agent Man” is a cover of the Johnny Rivers song, with some new lyrics.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: They paired this with their fourth album (?) on CD for a while, then released a version with a lot of bonus cuts.
GRADE: B-: They could do better, and would in the future