Devo went to The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and his lawyer with their cover of "Satisfaction". 30 seconds into the song, Jagger was dancing to it. To this day he calls it the best cover of any Stones song.
Gerald Casale: We stuck our cassette into this big boom box and pressed Play. Jagger sat in total silence staring straight ahead. We thought, "God, he hates it". But then, he jumped up out of his chair and started dancing wildly in front of the fireplace. Dancing just like Mick Jagger. I thought, "Oh shit, he loves it!" Mark and I went home totally stoked and elated.
The 3-Devo concert broadcast on live pay-per-view in October of 1982, just after the release of Oh No! It's Devo. Throughout the show, the band's backing track was knocked out of sync by a clueless crewman, a mic went dead throughout the show, and the 3D effects proved ineffective as the show wore on. What's a band to do under such terrible production? Mock the shitout of the producers on their own pay-per-view.
In June of 2014, Devo hit the road again to perform sets almost entirely composed of material from the Hardcore Devo years, to an excited reception from, well, hardcore fans. Doing their most devolved material in 2014 is a strangely triumphant moment for Devo, but it's also got a little heartwarming in there too, with some of the proceeds going to the family of the late Bob Casale.
In particular, the performance captured on the Hardcore Live concert film, with Bob Casale's son, Alex, playing bass on the last song of the night.
You could probably pick anything from 1978-1982 and find some riveting New Wave Music. The big two, however, are...
1978's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!! (sometimes shortened to Q&A) is a popular fan consensus for best Devo album ever, and it's probably Devo's most rocking album.note Obviously this is a few years before the synthesizers overwhelmed everything.
1980's Freedom of Choice, a remarkable achievement on its own terms. Not only did it spawn "Whip It" and thus their greatest mainstream success, but it's also one of the best combinations of guitar rock and synth pop ever put on wax.
2010's Something for Everyone, their first studio album in twenty years. It sounds very similar to their material from the 80s yet also sounds remarkably fresh. Combining the New Wave stylings of their heyday with modern day techno and absolutely nailing it. It quickly came to be considered one of the band's best albums and is easily one of the most triumphant returns in recent music history.