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Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies from heart failure at 61

By Greg Goodsell
2/18/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

New Wave musician dies months after band's original drummer, Alan Myers, died

It's been a grim couple of months for the seminal New Wave rock band Devo. The band's original drummer, Alan Myers died last year - now, the band's guitarist, Bob Casale - known as "Bob 2" has passed away from heart failure. He was only 61.

Known as 'Bob 2' since he played alongside guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, or 'Bob 1,' the brother of Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh, as one of the band's original members, Bob Casale was with the band at the very beginning.

Known as "Bob 2" since he played alongside guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, or "Bob 1," the brother of Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh, as one of the band's original members, Bob Casale was with the band at the very beginning.

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By Greg Goodsell
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
2/18/2014 (3 years ago)

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Keywords: Bob Cassale, Devo, new wave, death


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - Known as "Bob 2" since he played alongside guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, or "Bob 1," the brother of Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh. "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," his brother Gerald Casale said in an Internet posting. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got."

The startling New Wave group - known for its yellow jumpsuits, flower pot hats and quirky electronic pop -- began after Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh met as art students at Kent State University. The group wrote its first music in May 1970, the same month National Guard troops fired on antiwar protesters on the Kent State campus, killing four students.

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Devo would hit it big with the dance-oriented "Whip It" in 1981, after their third album, "Freedom of Choice." Devo actively toured in recent years, including a televised performance playing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

"He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again," Gerald Casale wrote. "His sudden death from conditions that led to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."

Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh also offered his own statement. "He not only was integral in Devo's sound, he worked over 20 years at Mutato, collaborating with me on 60 or 70 films and television shows, not to mention countless commercials and many video games," said Mothersbaugh said. "Bob was instrumental in creating the sound of projects as varied as 'Rugrats' and Wes Anderson's films. He was a great friend. I will miss him greatly."

On a personal level, this writer was transformed by Devo when he heard them on the Dr. Demento radio show. When I first heard the band's anthem "Jocko Homo," I suddenly realized that rock and roll music wasn't just for the popular kids who went to all the parties - but to alienated spud boys just like myself. It was from Devo that I began to explore alternative music - and my world, for better or worse, has never been the same.

Rest in peace, Bob - rest in peace.

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