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Devo drummer, who exhorted others to 'Whip It' dies

By Greg Goodsell
6/26/2013 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Drummer Alan Myers loses his battle with brain cancer at 58

Before they gained mainstream acceptance, the rock band Devo, with their robotic dance moves, industrial costumes and quirky songs were dismissed by their detractors as little more than a "novelty band." That would all change with their breakthrough dance single "Whip It," still played frequently and enjoyed today. The drummer on that single, Alan Myers, who also played on Devo's many other hits, has died from brain cancer at the age of 58.

Alan Myers joined Devo in 1976 as the band's third drummer. He played on the band's first three albums, which included 'Freedom of Choice' and 'Duty Now for the Future.'

Alan Myers joined Devo in 1976 as the band's third drummer. He played on the band's first three albums, which included "Freedom of Choice" and "Duty Now for the Future."

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By Greg Goodsell
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/26/2013 (4 years ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: Devo, Alan Myers, drummer, Whip It, punk, new wave music


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Devo's harshest critics had to admit to Myers' drumming acumen, and heralded him as one of the best drummers on the rock scene, described by many as a "human metronome." 

Myers joined Devo in 1976 as the band's third drummer. He played on the band's first three albums, which included "Freedom of Choice" and "Duty Now for the Future."
 
Devo co-founder Gerald Casale spoke very highly of Myers. "I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed," Casale said in a Tweet.

"In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!!"

"Alan, you were the best - a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!"

Myers left the band in 1986 to pursue other creative pursuits. After leaving Devo, Myers worked as an electrical contractor in Los Angeles, and since 2005 had played improvisational music with his wife, Christine Myers, in the group Skyline Electric. He had also performed with his daughter, Laena Geronimo, in the experimental ensemble Swahili Blonde.

Devo still continues to perform on occasion, although band founder Mark Mothersbaugh now concentrates on music for television and film.

Drummer Josh Freese, who has performed with Devo on their recent tours and recordings, also tweeted about Myers' influence: "RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome."

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