FREEDOM OF CHOICE

 

By Evie Nagy, with a foreword by Fred Armisen

 

Finally, after all that waiting, The Future  arrived in 1980.

 

Ohio art-rockers Devo had plainly prepared with their 1979 second LP Duty Now for the Future, and now it was go time. Propelled by the new decade's high-tech, free-market, pre-AIDS promise, 1980's Freedom of Choice would rocket what Devo co-founder Gerald Casale calls his "alternate universe, hermetically sealed, alien band" both into the arms of the Earthlings and back to their home planet in one scenic trip.

 

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