The metal and hard rock community received the news on Monday, February 17th, that Devo‘s Bob Casale died of heart failure at the age 61. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Alex and Samantha.
Casale, who also went by the nickname “Bob 2,” was a founding member of the five-piece band, whose name was short for De-Evolution. Playing along side his brother, Gerald, the iconic group developed a following from songs like “Jocko Homo”, “Girl U Want”, and their 1980 mega-hit, “Whip It.”
Outside of Devo, Casale had many musical side projects. He’s responsible for contributing to the score to Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore, and provided the theme song to the 1990s cartoon, Rugrats. His field of work also included musical contributions to video games and television commercials.
The last Devo album that Casale released was 2010’s Something For Everybody.
Casale was a solid sound man, engineering the sound for each Devo album, in addition to guitar, keyboard and back-up vocals. His stage presence is often described as fun and wacky. Devo was a part of the playbill in Lollapalooza in 2010, performing on the main stage. Devo was so unique and visually entertaining and Casale played an intricate role in that.
Do yourself a favor and check out some of Devo’s discography and celebrate Casale’s work. Also some great metal Devo covers, check out Soundgarden’s cover of “Girl U Want” and Love and Death’s cover of “Whip It.”
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