The Futuristic Band “Devo” Original Member Bob Casale Dies At Age 61

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Devo’s Bob Casale has died, the band announced on its Facebook page. He died suddenly Monday from conditions that led to heart failure, the group said. He was 61. Composed of two sets of brothers, Gerald and Bob Casale and Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Devo was known for its signature, futuristic outfits. Devo’s debut album, 1978’s “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!,” produced by Brian Eno, became an underground hit. The group broke through to the mainstream with its third record, “Freedom of Choice,” which featured the band’s iconic, platinum-selling hit single “Whip It.” The video for “Whip It” also became a hit on the new MTV, despite generating controversy over the song’s lyrics and video’s imagery. In 1990, after releasing several albums, the group began a five-year hiatus, during which time Mark Mothersbaugh moved into composing music for commercials and soundtracks, writing theme songs for Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats,” “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” and MTV’s “Liquid Television.”

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