Guitarist Bob Casale of GRAMMY-nominated new wave collective Devo died Feb. 17 following complications from heart failure. He was 61. Formed in Akron, Ohio, in 1972 by Casale's brother, bassist Jerry Casale, and vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh, the first incarnation of Devo also featured Bob Casale, guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh and drummer Alan Myers. The band's 1978 Brian Eno-produced debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! — which climbed to No. 78 on the Billboard 200 — is considered a benchmark in the development of new wave and marked one of the first pop albums to use synthesizers. Following the release of 1979's Duty Now For The Future, Devo released 1980's Freedom Of Choice, which peaked at No. 22 (their highest-charting album to date) and featured the Top 20 hit "Whip It," which became a smash on MTV with its accompanying music video. Devo subsequently released several more albums to chart on the Billboard 200, including New Traditionalists (1981, No. 23), Oh, No! It's Devo (1982, No. 47) and Shout (1984, No. 83). The band earned their lone GRAMMY nomination to date in 1984 for Best Video Album for We're All Devo, a collection of music videos from 1976–1983. After disbanding in the early '90s, Devo returned to release 2010's Something For Everyone, which peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard 200.
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