I am very saddened to hear about the sudden passing of DEVO’s Bob Casale aka Bob2 today.
Bob was a founding member of DEVO and his contributions to the group as a guitarist, bassist, keyboard player, producer, and recording engineer for the last 40+ years were integral to the group’s sound and success. In addition to his work with DEVO, he collaborated outside of the band with Mark Mothersbaugh and devoted his skills, extensively, to work at Mutato Muzika, Mothersbaugh’s music production company, which included film, commercial, and video game scores and soundtracks.
I’ve always felt like, in the realms of modern music, DEVO is an incredibly underrated act. In the pop culture world, they seem well known only for their hit, “Whip It,” which is a good song, but doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the band’s talents or catalog.
DEVO’s incredibly interesting use of synthesizers in their minimalist, edgy, rock music not only paved the way for the pop success of the new wave genre in the ‘80’s, but it also showed how musically open and unique the national punk scene, that they were an early part of, could be. Bob2 was an instrumental piece of creating and developing that unique sound and that’s why his loss today is a huge one. DEVO awakened a lot of ears to new ideas, possibilities, and perspectives with their music, and if wasn’t for Bob2, who knows what the group might have sounded like.
Rest easy Bob, and thank you so much for everything.
This was unexpected and very sad. Death at 62 is too early, but Bob2 accomplished much more than most in that time.
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