Freedom of Choice is the third album by Devo, released in 1980. Together with their debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) it is seen as their best album, most notable for their Signature Song "Whip It".
- "Girl U Want" (2:55)
- "It's Not Right" (2:20)
- "Whip It" (2:37)
- "Snowball" (2:28)
- "Ton O' Luv' (2:29)
- "Freedom of Choice" (3:28)
- "Gates Of Steel" (3:26)
- "Cold War" (2:30)
- "Don't You Know" (2:14)
- "That's Pep!" (2:17)
- "Mr. B's Ballroom" (2:45)
- "Planet Earth" (2:45)
Freedom of Tropes:
- Concept Album: Most of the songs are about deteriorating relationships.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The song most people thought was about masturbation, "Whip It," was actually intended as an encouraging song for Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign, according to Mark Mothersbaugh. Jerry Casale also told that he wrote the lyrics In the Style of Gravity's Rainbow, as he liked the way it parodied the American view on self-help. And no, not that kind of self-help.
- The Evils of Free Will: "Freedom Of Choice"Freedom of choice is what you got, Freedom from Choice is what you want.
- Face on the Cover: The band members are all featured on the album cover in their trademark outfits.
- Freedom from Choice: The Title Track, "Freedom Of Choice" is about this, with examples like a dog not being able to decide between two bones and starving to death. The refrain changes to the trope name at the end.
- Love Hurts: "It's Not Right" about a cheating partner, "Cold War", where the protagonist tells his partner he doesn't owe her anything.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Another common theme, employed especially in "Ton o' Luv."
- New Sound Album: While Devo's previous two albums made conspicuous use of synthesizers, particularly on Duty Now for the Future, Freedom of Choice marked the point where the band fully embraced Synth-Pop.
- New Wave Music: One of the defining albums of the genre in The '80s.
- One-Word Title: "Snowball."
- Pep-Talk Song: On this album they were pretty generous with the pep talk songs, whether sarcastic or not: "Whip It," "Freedom of Choice," "Gates of Steel," and "That's Pep!"Twist away the gates of steel!
- Poe's Law: One of their T.V. appearances was cancelled when the host deemed the "Whip It" video to be offensive to women. Jerry explains in a 1981 interview that "Whip It" is in fact "the opposite of sexist." And while pointing at Mark's dorky suit, he remarks: "I mean, does this guy look like a sexist?"
- Record Producer: Robert Margouleff.
- Refrain from Assuming: Their biggest hit is just "Whip It," not "Whip It Good" in spite of the trope name.
- Ripped from the Headlines: "Whip It" was intended to encourage Jimmy Carter to "whip" his opponents in the presidential race.
- Safe, Sane, and Consensual: BDSM is glorified in the music video for "Whip It."
- Their trademark "energy domes" are a shout-out to Wilhelm Reich, who developed a theory about this.
- The lyrics of "That's Pep!" were swiped from a poem written by Grace Bostwick around 1919 for American Magazine (re-published in the May 1924 edition of Ohio State Engineer), and then transformed by the band's arrangement into massive Sarcasm Mode.
- Casale wrote the lyrics of "Whip It", which were intended to satirize American optimism, by taking inspiration from Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, a 1973 novel that contains satirical limericks about capitalist can-do clichés. Casale incorporated lyrics that would sound like motivational clichés if taken out of context.
- Signature Headgear: The Energy Domes were introduced by this album. They claim the domes are "orgone collectors" that gather energy released out of the top of one's head and redirect it back into the body. Mark once said that they don't wear them all the time, but some people do and will probably live 150 years because of it.
- Title Track: "Freedom of Choice:"A victim of collision on the open seaNobody ever said that life was freeSank, swam, go down with the shipBut use your freedom of choice
- Whip It Good: Trope Namer.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Girl U Want" and "Ton o' Luv."