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Jocko Homo

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  • 1977
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“Jocko Homo” is the B-side to Devo’s first single, “Mongoloid,“ released as a single in 1977 on Devo’s own label, Booji Boy Records and later released in the UK on Stiff Records. The song was re-recorded as the feature song for Devo’s first album, on Warner Bros. Records in 1978. The original version peaked at #62 on the UK Singles Chart. It is based on a chant from the movie Island of Lost Souls. “Jocko Homo” introduced the call-and-response “Are we not men?“ / “We are Devo”, and is generally considered to be Devo’s anthem. The title is taken from a 1924 anti-evolution tract called Jocko-Homo Heavenbound’‘ by B. H. Shadduck. The song revolves around an idiosyncratic descending guitar riff and absurdist lyrics. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Are we not men ... D-E-V-O ... God made man

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More songs by Devo (See Charts): Through Being Cool, Girl U Want, Secret Agent Man, Freedom Of Choice, (I Can'T Get No) Satisfaction, Working In The Coal Mine, Mongoloid, Big Mess, and Whip It.

Popular in Punk (See Charts): Going Underground, Peaches, Hanging Around, Nice & Sleazy, White Riot, Pretty Fly, This Is England, Blitzkrieg Bop, Killing Moon, and I Wanna Be Sedated.


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