Devo: “Girl U Want” (1980)

[Kronomyth 3.01]
Smells like teen aroma of undefined love.

Warner Bros. whipped this one out first to herald Freedom of Choice, and all was rightly wrong with the world again. A rhythm is superseded by a counter rhythm, our emotions are revealed to be a mixture of animal and automaton, and the result is stiffly satisfying in the old familiar ways. Devo’s was always an interesting concept of freedom; by revealing us to be slaves to chemical and biological urges we couldn’t control, we were liberated from resisting them. A music video was produced featuring the band in front of an all-girl audience, with mind-controlled dancers in the background. Robert Palmer and Soundgarden have both recorded versions of “Girl U Want,” while Nirvana tackled “Turn Around,” a nonalbum track that was pressed into service as the UK backside for “Girl U Want” and as the B side for the US release of “Whip It.”

Original 7-inch single version
A1. Girl You Want (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale)
B1. Turn Around (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale)

Original 7-inch single version (US)
A1. Girl U Want (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale) (2:56)
B1. Mr. B’s Ballroom (Mark Mothersbaugh) (2:45)

Back-to-back hits 7-inch single version
A1. Girl U Want (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale) (2:56)
B1. Whip It (Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald V. Casale) (2:37)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch single on May 16, 1980 in the UK (Virgin, VS 350), on July 9, 1980 in the US (Warner Bros., WBS49524), and in 198 in Japan (Warner Bros., P-589W) and Portugal (Virgin, VV-44.035 ES) with picture sleeve. Also released as promotional 7-inch single in 1980 (Warner Bros., WBS49524) feat. A mono on flip side.

  1. Re-released on back-to-back hits 7-inch single in the US (Warner Bros., GWB 0400) feat. “Whip It” on flip side.

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