One of the Founding Members of Pioneer New Wave Group Dies at 61

Feb 19, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A founding member of a pioneer New Wave music group has died at the age of 61, Billboard reports.

Bob Casale, who died of heart failure, was one of the original members of Devo, the story says, adding, "The Casale brothers [Bob and Gerald] formed Devo in Akron, Ohio in 1972 with Mark Mothersbaugh and Robert Mothersbaugh (Bob Casale was known as ‘Bob 2’ in the group, with Robert Mothersbaugh called ‘Bob 1’). The group’s spastic post-punk earned a cult following in the mid-’70s, and 1978 debut album ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!,’ produced by Brian Eno, earned critical acclaim."

The article adds: "Devo’s biggest success on the Billboard charts came with its iconic single ‘Whip It,’ which reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980. The act charted two more singles: ‘Working in the Coal Mine’ (No. 43 in 1981) and ‘Theme from "Doctor Detroit"’ (No. 59 in 1983). The album that contained ‘Whip It,’ 1980’s ‘Freedom of Choice,’ was the group’s highest-charting effort on the Billboard 200. It hit No. 22 and spent 51 weeks on the list."

The story adds that Gerald Casale said, in a statement, "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."

Here’s a video of Devo from the TV show "Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert" in 1980:

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