Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Passes Away of Heart Failure

As we all know, celebrity deaths always come in multiples and the death of Bob Casale, lead guitarist for New Wave superstars Devo was just as sudden and unexpected as the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.  The Akron, Ohio band formed in the early 1970's as a way of expressing their political and social ideas.  They rose to prominence in the early punk rock scene and eventually went on to define some of the early new wave sounds pioneered by bands like Blondie and the Talking Heads in the late 70's.  Of course everyone will always remember Devo for their crazy red hats and that annoyingly catchy song "Whip It" but the ideas put out by the band both musically and politically were driven largely by Casale alongside his brother Gerald and lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh.  Recent talks of a Devo reunion can now be officially laid to rest alongside their founding guitarist.

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