Devo 2.0 (also known as DEV2.O) was a quintet, created for Walt Disney Records (with the participation of Devo), of child actors who sing, dance, and (in their music videos and photo shoots) mime playing instruments along to songs re-recorded by some of the original members of Devo. Jerry Casale directed all nine of the videos.

While the music on the album was written and recorded by DEVO and merely dubbed in over footage in which the four dancing children appear to be performing, some of the members are actually credible musicians. Devo 2.0 band member Nathan Norman states they do play their own instruments with mild help from sequencers.[1]

An eponymous DVD and CD combo was released March 14, 2006. Two new songs, "Cyclops" and "The Winner", were written by Devo for the album. In the summer of 2006 the band began a limited series of live performances, and also contributed a track, "Monkey's Uncle", to a compilation of re-recorded Disney songs called Disneymania 4.

The band split up in 2007 when lead singer Nicole Stoehr and lead guitarist Nathan Norman quit and said they would never make music again because the album flopped.[citation needed]

One of the co-stars of The Hunger Games, Jacqueline Emerson, was a band member.

Altered lyrics

The lyrics to some of the songs they perform have been edited to make them more "family friendly" and remove much of the innuendo and irony typical of Devo songs.

In "Through Being Cool", for instance, the line "Eliminate the ninnies and the twits" is changed to "Eliminate the time you waste in cliques".

The innuendo-filled "Girl U Want" is perhaps the most-changed song with all lyrics modified, and is sung by Devo 2.0's singer Nicole Stoehr as "Boy U Want".[2]

The song "Beautiful World" remains mostly unchanged until the end, where the words, "It's a beautiful world for you/It's not for me" have been changed to "It's a beautiful world for you/I guess me too". In addition, the bridge lyrics "Boy and girl with the new clothes on/You can shake it to me all night long hey hey" have been changed to "Boy and girl with the new clothes on/You can pose and party all day long hey hey".

In "Big Mess" the line "I'm a boy with a gun" became "I'm a girl havin' fun".

In "Freedom of Choice", the line "Freedom from choice is what you want" was changed to "Freedom of choice is what you want", and the line "he went in circles/til he dropped dead" became "he went in circles/til he dropped down".

The theme of "Uncontrollable Urge" changed from social anxiety to craving snack foods, and "Jerkin' Back 'N Forth", a song about a woman saying one thing but meaning another, is now a perky song about dancing.

Additionally, the song "The Winner" is a re-recording with new lyrics of "If the Shoe Fits" by Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers. The anti-George W. Bush sentiment was replaced by a song about perseverance and thinking for oneself.

In 2010, Jerry Casale in an interview conducted by the AV Club's Sam Adams, mentioned his amusement by Disney's forced alterations, saying "You went beyond getting mad to just like going, 'This is proof of devolution. This is it.' We thought it was really funny." [3]


Devo 2.0
  • Nicole Stoehr - lead vocals
  • Jackie Emerson - keyboards
  • Nathan Norman - lead guitar, vocals
  • Michael Gossard - bass
  • Kane Ritchotte - drums
Actual musicians (Devo members)
  • Mark Mothersbaugh - synthesisers, vocals, guitar
  • Bob Mothersbaugh - guitar
  • Gerald Casale - bass
  • Bob Casale - guitar
  • Josh Freese - drums
  • Neil Taylor - drums


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