MLB Bullets Has Gone Home For The Winter

Harry How

The playoffs are heating up as the season ends for two teams. The other two are going to game five, although Detroit's victory was not without controversy. Ratings for baseball are way up, although to call TBS's coverage "uneven" is being kind. And I take a look at Devo, by popular demand.

It's Day 3 of my reign as BCB Boss and I have yet to deliver my promised coverage of music from 1976 to 1991. So here goes a rant. I hate "Whip It." It's not a bad song as far as novelty songs go. If someone like Tenpole Tudor or A Flock of Seagulls had performed it, I might even like it. But when it became a big hit for Devo, the band went from being a chilling and thrilling combination of performance art and rock and roll to being a silly novelty act. We can argue all we want about how coherent Devo's "De-Evolution" schtick was, but it had a point: We're drowning in our own garbage. Not just physical garbage, but cultural, political and spiritual garbage as well. But that point was lost. No one wanted to listen to "Jocko Homo" after "Whip It," although one could argue few wanted to listen to "Jocko Homo" in the first place. But after "Whip It," it became hard to argue against Devo being novelty act all along.

It took thirty years for me to take Devo seriously again when they released "Something for Everybody" in 2010. I went back and listened to their first two albums and the first is terrific and the second isn't bad. I don't have a problem with Mark Mothersbaugh teaching kids to draw on "Yo Gabba Gabba!" In fact, I think that's awesome. And I have nothing against novelty songs in general. Plastic Bertrand's "Ça plane pour moi" is awesome. But "Whip It?" Blech.

On to baseball.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.
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