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Fyre, Tiger King Director Turns Attention To Devo

23 March 2023 | 10:40 am | Mary Varvaris

But will the documentary 'Whip It'?

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The first-ever authorised documentary about new wave music legends Devo is currently in production, with the simple, aptly-titled Devo on the way.

As Pitchfork reports, the documentary film will be directed by Chris Smith (American Movie, Fyre, Tiger King), with BMG, Fremantle Documentaries, and Warner Music Entertainment attached as executive producers.

The documentary will include a multitude of archival footage and interviews and track the band’s career, from their formation after the Kent State shootings to the moment Whip It became a worldwide phenomenon, as well as detail how they’ve maintained a devoted following over the years.

Chris Smith revealed in a press release, “Devo was a huge influence on me. Their approach to music, film, video, and art was something I had never seen before and was one of the truly formative artistic influences that showed me there were entirely new ways to look at things.”

Formed in 1976, Devo became a household name on the back of their 1980 single Whip It. Predominantly active since the '70s, apart from a five-year hiatus during the '90s, they headlined Splendour In The Grass in 2008.

Earlier this month, NOFX vocalist Mike "Fat Mike" Burkett opened the first-ever Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas.

Devo’s energy dome helmets feature alongside Debbie Harry's infamous Vultures shirt and the fluorescent green chainsaw Sum 41 brought on stage during their bonkers Does This Look Infected? era. 

They are only some of the notable items that pack the Punk Rock Museum. The venue also contains interactive exhibits, such as one where you can play your favourite musician's guitar and amp.

Ten talented, passionate punk rock lovers joined Fat Mike in planning, building and curating this "Church of punk rock." 

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Fat Mike's goal is to showcase all of punk music's legends and stories that have left a cultural shoeprint over the last five decades. 

Main characters in the genre's stories are also investors in the museum, so you know that it's going to be authentic and a good time when Pat Smear of The Germs and Foo Fighters, Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, and Tony Hawk have poured money into it.