Thursday, September 3, 2015

On A Losing Streak

From Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh shifted nervously in their seats as they awaited the arrival of one of the biggest stars in rock history for a make-orbreak audition. In their hand was a crude cassette tape of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, a wacky cover version of The Rolling Stones 1965 hit recorded by their futuristic pop group Devo. The song was earmarked as a key track on their 1978 debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo - but only if they received official approval from Stones' main man, Mick Jagger. "Jagger had to approve it or we would not be allowed to put it on our record." recalled Gerald, 32 years later. "It was back in the days when intellectual property rights laws were strictly enforced. Our version of Satisfaction was so different it was considered a parody - and the Stones had full authority to reject the parody. "We went to the New York office of their manager Peter Rudge, which had overstuffed leather club chairs and a huge log fire. Jagger walked in, asked for a glass of wine, then said, 'Okay, put it on. Let's hear it'. "We stuck our cassette into this big boom box and pressed Play. Jagger sat in total silence staring straight ahead. We thought, 'God, he hates it'. "But then, he jumped up out of his chair and started dancing wildly in front of the fireplace. Dancing just like Mick Jagger. I thought, 'Oh s***, he loves it'. Mark and I went home totally stoked and elated.

Devo-no satisfaction! from al m on Vimeo.

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