Record Label see all. Warner Bros. Special Attributes see all. Colored Vinyl. Original Cover. Picture Disc. Artist see all. Devo Filter Applied. Duration see all. LP Filter Applied. Record Grading see all. Sleeve Grading see all. Decade see all. Record Size see all. Condition see all. Please provide a valid price range. Some of the tracks featured drum machines for the first time on a Devo album.
In addition, the lyrics are frequently dark and vitriolic. With the success of " Whip It " and its associated album Freedom of Choice , Devo had attracted a new, more pop-oriented audience that was less interested in Devo's artistic theories and intelligent lyrics.
In response, New Traditionalists was intended to be a much darker, deeper and serious album. The lead-in track, "Through Being Cool," was a direct attack on new fans who didn't understand Devo's message.
Most of the songs on the album are darker and more direct than on previous Devo albums. The exception to this is "Beautiful World," whose message seems optimistic at first but changes as the song progresses. This is made even clearer by the song's promotional video.
As with every Devo album and tour, the band developed a new look for the album, eschewing the energy dome headgear and replacing it with the plastic "New Traditionalist Pomp," reportedly modeled after President John F.
Kennedy 's famous pompadour , though in one interview, co-founder and bass guitarist Gerald Casale claims it to have been modeled on Ronald Reagan 's own hairstyle. They also wore blue V-neck T-shirts with the New Traditionalists astronaut logo on the black sleeves.
This shirt can be seen on the US and Australian versions of the album cover. New Traditionalists was recorded on a then-new brand of 2" tape from 3M.
Unfortunately, when Devo began recording the vocals for the album, the edges of the tape had begun to disintegrate. After asking Warner Bros. The name of the album was inspired by a Japanese ultra-right wing political group called the New Traditionalists. We appropriated the idea of that, meaning we were going to provide you with new traditions to forget about the old ones.
New Traditionalists was originally packaged with a bonus 7" single of the band's cover of " Working in the Coal Mine. Devo offered them the unused "Working in the Coal Mine," and as a fluke the song ended up being the only charting song on the soundtrack album.
Since the song was now a "hit," Warner Bros. The original LP bonus package also included a poster drawn by a member of the Church of the SubGenius. It portrays the band on stage, with some iconic American characters a Native American , a Pilgrim , a cowboy , a hippie , a punk rocker and a modern housewife in the audience.
Devo made three music videos for the album. In "Love Without Anger," Devo acts as a Greek chorus to a bizarre love story between two humanoid chickens. It also features a stop motion video by Rev. A portrait of J. The video features the character Booji Boy prominently, as he initially watches scenes of beautiful women, futuristic cars and other happy elements, which by the end of the song have been replaced by images of race riots, the Ku Klux Klan , World War I , famine in Africa, car crashes and nuclear explosions, which puts a much darker slant on the song's lyrics.
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