Chris: We are talking about Satisfaction in 3. 2. 1. Now!
Jon: Still such a goddamn good beat.
Chris: So killer. And the bass.
Jon: I 110% prefer this to the original.
Chris: Absolutely. The production is so good.
Jon: And that weird ascending dissonant guitar.
Chris: The drums have a great low end that wasn’t present on the original. That growling guitar in the background.
Jon: I love how the iconic riff only shows up at the end as like an “oh yeah fuck you. duh nuh nuh” on the synth.
Chris: Haha yes. It’s such a great subversion.
Jon: We believe that Mark cannot get any satisfaction. Mick Jagger? He is getting satisfied. I call bullshit on his delivery.
Chris: Yeah for sure. And they come up with a, in my opinion, just as memorable riff, to the most recognizable riff song.
Chris: The baby baby baby. So long. So good.
Jon: I also love in the video when that Spazz Attack dude is just shaking during the baby baby baby’s.
Chris: Haha yes.
Jon: And doing flips and shit.
Chris: That synth riff in the background. There it is.
Jon: All these songs are so tight! Get in, get out.
Jon: And, SCENE.
Chris: They really are gems. Each of the first two songs ends on a definitive note. Uncontrollable urge with the bass note. Satisfaction with the drum hit and the single guitar/bass note. And it’s out clean.
Jon: Full stop. Period.
Chris: They are punk length but with the musicianship of not-punk. Not to just shit on punk and split the audience.
Jon: Yeah! Polished punk. Some might say post-punk but not in the sad desolate Joy Division sense. Not that any of these terms mean much.
Chris: Yeah, but I know what you mean.
Jon: To the point, irreverent, tight, energetic.
Chris: It’s agitated and subversive without being completely nihilistic. Or however you spell that correctly. And I think it’s important to note that Devo was on this other spectrum from what else was happening musically at the time. I think they’re labeled new wave because they came around when a bunch of bands didn’t sound like the rest of the radio, but they don’t really track as part of that group to me. I understand that labels are just useful to contextualize, but the new wave label is so broad sometimes I think it misses a lot.
Jon: Yeah it may as well be “80s but not arena rock” sometimes. When people use it. (late 70s)