R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

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R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by oblique strategies » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:20 am

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Former Devo drummer Alan Myers has died following a long bout with cancer.

Myers drummed for Devo between 1976 and 1986, during a time in which the band saw commercial success with the hit single “Whip It” and critically-acclaimed albums Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Duty Now for the Future, Freedom of Choice, among others.

Devo’s Gerald Casale remembered Myers on Twitter, writing, “In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best – a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!”

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by knotkranky » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:29 am

Oh nooooo, Alan was a good buddy of mine in LA during the early 90's. He was a sweet sweet man. A really wonderful soul. aww geez :cry:

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by Machinesworking » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:49 am

To his credit Devo went downhill after he left.
I liked his playing a lot. Fuck cancer! :x

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by knotkranky » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:01 pm

That's a fact. He was a true multi instrumentalist too. Could play anything. Difficult weird shit like accordions to reed horns and lutes, lol. Great electrician, which was his day job. I saw him as a big worrier. KInda stressed out in a demure nice way. His girl at the time was really rough on him. Always had to get home and serve which fit his selfless style. He went well out of his way too much for others. I can't help but connect all that to his cancer. Gets ya thinkin.

I jumped out of my chair! when I first saw devo on SNL. I ran out next day and bought the record, then the rest.

Greatness and severe originality in a sea of safe New Wave and Styx bands. Even with all guitars!

Timeless. Devo SNL 78' Satisfaction - http://vimeo.com/54254951

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by Machinesworking » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:08 am

Agreed 100% the first 3 Devo records are amazing.
The next two are pretty good then it goes to hell.

I did the same thing, it seems silly now but Devo were the first musical obsession I had. Before that I liked groups and music, but the whole package of having a uniform, ideology etc. kicked it into high gear for me. That plus got really into their second release Duty Now For The Future, right up there as far as one of the most underrated albums of all time. :x

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by starving student » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:16 am

Very sad, I didn't even know he had cancer.

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by oblique strategies » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:30 am

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by knotkranky » Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:34 pm

Machinesworking wrote:Agreed 100% the first 3 Devo records are amazing.
The next two are pretty good then it goes to hell.

I did the same thing, it seems silly now but Devo were the first musical obsession I had. Before that I liked groups and music, but the whole package of having a uniform, ideology etc. kicked it into high gear for me. That plus got really into their second release Duty Now For The Future, right up there as far as one of the most underrated albums of all time. :x
First 3 for me too. DNFTF is absolute greatness. Still sounds so right too. The package really made it when I saw Satisfaction on snl, which was my introduction, it hit me all at once. I really freaked out and hit the record store the next morning. So I've always had that complete devo in my mind with the music. Lyrics were like nothing else too. .. I'm also hurting the fuck out of Elvis Costello, 'My Aim Is True' another record that completely survived time.

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by H20nly » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:18 pm

RIP :(

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by LoopStationZebra » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:45 pm

Total bummer. Like knot, these guys had a huge influence on me very early on...

I remember the FUCKING AUDACITY OF IT ALL as if it were yesterday.

Even the Europeans were like WTF?

:lol:
I came for the :lol:
But stayed for the :x

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by H20nly » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:19 am

^ ha! I'm gonna start a thread to see if anyone can tell me what VST they're using to get that stutter effect on the drums...

:arrow:

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by knotkranky » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:36 am

H20nly wrote:^ ha! I'm gonna start a thread to see if anyone can tell me what VST they're using to get that stutter effect on the drums...

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It's the "Alan Myers devolver"

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by oblique strategies » Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:25 am

'Smart Patrol/Mr DNA' live in 1979
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UKtZwWLMp8


'Gut Feeling' performed for the first time live in 1977
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYwL3SmcnB4

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Re: R.I.P. Alan Myers (of Devo)

Post by earthloop » Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:19 am

R.I.P. :(
These two for me...beautiful world in particular...and freedom of (from) choice!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3MxuDk7wqo

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