Jocko Homo
by Devo

Album: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
Charted: 62
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  • They tell us that
    We lost our tails
    Evolving up
    From little snails
    I say it's all
    Just wind in sails

    Are we not men?
    We are Devo
    Are we not men?
    D-E-V-O

    We're pinheads now
    We are not whole
    We're pinheads all
    Jocko Homo

    Are we not men?
    We are Devo
    Are we not men?
    D-E-V-O

    Are we not pins?
    We are Devo

    Monkey men all
    In business suits
    Teachers and critics
    All dance the poot

    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    D-E-V-O

    Are we not pins?
    We are Devo
    Are we not men?
    D-E-V-O

    All together now, God made man!
    But he used the monkey to do it
    Apes in the plan
    We're all here to prove it
    I can walk like an ape, talk like an ape, I can do what monkey do
    God made man
    But a monkey supplied the glue

    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!
    Are we not men?
    We are Devo!

    We must repeat
    D-E-V-O
    We must repeat
    D-E-V-O
    We must repeat
    D-E-V-O
    We must repeat
    D-E-V-O
    We must repeat
    D-E-V-O
    We must repeat
    D-E-V-O
    We must repeat
    D-E-V-O
    We must repeat

    Okay, let's go! Writer/s: Mark Allen Mothersbaugh
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 10

  • Rnmorton from PaI think I enjoyed them better before reading the above, I took this as being some sort of sophisticated joke. We saw them live at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia and they did the same herky-jerky movements on stage as in the videos, it was great. Mick Jagger supposedly said that they did Satisfaction better than the Stones. Their first album or two were the best, by Whip It (not in my top 15 Devo songs) they had beaten the horse to death.
  • Cliff from Oakdale, NyI remember when I first heard Devo and this song Jocko Homo, there were no groups out there doing anything like this. Members were art students originally at Kent State and realized mankind were de- evolving and going backwards. not evolving, what a concept!! I kind of agree!!
  • Ross from Brooklyn, NyLove the interviews -- wickedly smart and delightful they were/are, love their visual image and performances, and have mighty respect for their musical abilities -- but actually hearing one of their records only once in a while is pretty much enough!
  • Ragged from Downey, CaJocko Homo was great, I had never heard of Devo untill I saw their Video on Saturday Night Live, then they came on Stage, can't remember the year, but I would think 1979? because i was sleeping on the couch before my divorce. Anyways I saw them a few times in Santa Monica and they were Awesome!! I think one time, Oingo Boingo was their opener. I especially liked seeing the Live Version of 'Mongoloid' one of my favorites....
  • Tommy from New Orleans, Lait's sad that they had a horrible contract with Warner Bros. and didn't reap the proper financial gains that they deserved. they got screwed, I think things got better later on but that contract still effects their royaltiesd on songs to this day.BTW, how unique were these guys? can you imagine being at a Zeppelin concert and then a week later going to a Devo concert. Both would be great shows, but man what a contrast.
  • Chris from Wichita, KsI first bought Freedom of Choice lp after hearing Whip It on the radio. From there I got lp Are We Not Men/We Are Devo lp and then Duty Now For the Future. Wore em out taking them to high school parties etc. Recently bought all 3 again off of net to frame them and hang em on my wall. DEVO was so different then the tripe on top 40 radio late 70's early 80's. Much like today. Classic rock cd's from 60's and 70's are selling more now than ever before. Why??? Kids in teens and 20's are sick and tired of the same old crap box of records they try to jam down their throats on top 40. I still have my energy dome (flower pot hat) I bought through mail order from Freedom of Choice sleeve. Check out Are We Not Men and Duty Now for the Future cds for the purity and talent of this band.
  • Jeff from Liverpool, Englandhave to agree with the comments about being underrated,are we not men is possibly one of the best new wave albums around from the late 70's also mark mothersbaugh co wrote the simpsons theme tune
  • Rico from Melbourne, AustraliaI completely agree with both cerebrus and Nathan, extremely underrated. Even their popular songs were a pi$$ take of mankind... Also did an awesome cover of "Satisfaction" by the Stones, great great band!
  • Cerebrus from Silver Spring, MaThis is my favorate song by DEVO, who I consider to be the most underated band of all time.
  • Love Canal Craig from Niagara Falls, NyJocko Homo.
    This video says it all. Everything about nothing, while something is very obviously going on. I was quick to notice the carefully placed ashtrays, an idea so absurd now. And, days. Then you never even heard of anything 'Crazy" like second hand smoke. If you tried to make that same video masterpiece now, the FCC will probably try and fine you for "way too many ashtrays per person" Great. Thanks for something I just cannot get a grip on. However speaking from my heart. No words can describe the brilliance of this Devo masterpiece. Jocko Homo is quite possibly the best representation of an individuals taste of survival and then some. Why this song tickles me silly. "How can you build a tolerance to something if never exposed?"
    Love Canal Craig
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