Whip It
by Devo

Album: Freedom Of Choice (1980)
Charted: 51 14
  • Crack that whip
    Give the past the slip
    Step on a crack
    Break your momma's back
    When a problem comes along
    You must whip it
    Before the cream sits out too long
    You must whip it
    When something's going wrong
    You must whip it

    Now whip it
    Into shape
    Shape it up
    Get straight
    Go forward
    Move ahead
    Try to detect it
    It's not too late
    To whip it
    Whip it good

    When a good time turns around
    You must whip it
    You will never live it down
    Unless you whip it
    No one gets away
    Until they whip it

    I say whip it
    Whip it good
    I say whip it
    Whip it good

    Crack that whip
    Give the past the slip
    Step on a crack
    Break your momma's back
    When a problem comes along
    You must whip it
    Before the cream sits out too long
    You must whip it
    When something's going wrong
    You must whip it

    Now whip it
    Into shape
    Shape it up
    Get straight
    Go forward
    Move ahead
    Try to detect it
    It's not too late
    To whip it
    Into shape
    Shape it up
    Get straight
    Go forward
    Move ahead
    Try to detect it
    It's not too late
    To whip it
    Whip it good

Comments: 27

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenThis song was used in the 80s film "The Last American Virgin." The movie was often tacky and so was the scene it is used in. But it managed to...measure up.
  • Jonas from Springfeild, KsShaylah Spitz Ober appears (uncredited) in the video "Whip It." Shaylah has her clothes whipped off by Mark throughout the video which refers to a cowboy who whipped off his wife's clothes in a corral for the entertainment of people staying at his dude ranch.
  • Chris from Germany This song is a masterpiece. It is not known in Germany or in Europe in general but in the US the song is very famous. It is played on every marriage party. And DEVO were groundbreaking.

    In 1980 they made a great video with low budget and mind that was the time before MTV and the video is kind of funny and scandalous.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyDevo guitarist Bob Casale passed away on Monday (Feb. 17th, 2014) at the age of 61...
    Devo's biggest hit was "Whip It!"; it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart on August 24th, 1980 at position #85; and on November 9th it peaked at #14 (for 3 weeks) and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 (25 weeks)...
    Mr. Casale is the 2nd member of the group to pass on; drummer Alan Myers passed away on June 24th, 2013 at the age of 58...
    May they both R.I.P.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhIt's so wierd to see Mark Mothersbaugh involved in the children's show "Yo Gabba Gabba", although it did act as a "gateway" for introducing my daughters to Devo and other '80s groups. Now they love watching a video show that's on every night called "'80s at 8"!
  • Willie from Scottsdale, AzMy brother bought a whippet for the sole purpose of naming it "Devo." :-)
  • Mike from Norwalk, CtToo bad it has the reputation it has because if you listen to the lyrics of this song, its very positive. Face your problems directly is the point.
  • Steve Ober from Hollister, CaAgain ! Please include my wife Shaylah Spitz Ober in your fact archives on this video ! Shay is the featured girl getting her clothes whipped off ! Please check out this link !!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gbuZpZb4mc She need to be given credit for this appearance !Please contact me at steven.ober@yahoo.com
    - Steve Ober, Hollister, CA
  • Steve Ober from Hollister, CaPlease include my wife Shaylah Spitz Ober in your fact archives on this video ! Shay is the featured girl getting her clothes whipped off ! Please check out this link !!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gbuZpZb4mc
    She need to be given credit for this appearance !Please contact me at
    steven.ober@yahoo.com
  • Matthew from Milford, MaI absolutely LOVE this song in Donkey Konga! Whip it, whip it good!
  • Musicmama from New York, NyIf this song doesn't get you to dance--or move--the only excuse you could have is that you're in an iron lung.
  • Madalyn from Greensburg, Pai like how they were different and did their whole this but this pitular song was just to weird for me but i downloaded it and listen to it anyways because its a part of music history and i have to respect it...i guess its not too too bad i mean i've heard worse music...so from one to ten ten being best i give it a 6.79
  • Krista from Elyria, OhGreat song. See the video on YouTube. Its odd.

    My 'rents say that we should appreciate Devo better.
  • Liam from Manchester, EnglandCheers guys. I never knew about the origins of Devo's greatest song until now! But is it an urban myth that Whip It was partly inspired by Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman?? Just listen...
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesIt has always been my understanding that Neil Young produced this; also, that he picked up the phrase "rust never sleeps" from them, because they were repeating the phrase during sound checks. As the story goes, two of the band members had worked in advertising and had come up with the slogan "rust never sleeps" for a Rustoleum commercial. Are these rumors or true facts? One thing's for sure; this was extremely popular on community and college radio in the Midwest.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoDevo fans call themselves Devotees. There was an annual Devotee convention I think maybe in Cleveland for a while, but I don't know if it's still happening.
  • Maggie from Chapel Hill, NcUsed in the movie "Raising Helen" with Kate Hudson and John Corbett. Great chick flick. GO RENT IT RIGHT NOW!
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InI was 11 when this was all the rage. It was different, and the video is pure classic MTV, before the over extended multi-million dollar videos of today. Regardless of what you think it's about, it's a fun song.
  • Matt from Pawtucket, RiBlue Man Group played the riff for this on an instrument called the "Tubulum" on the tour for their album The Complex
  • Sam from Boise, Id/Darn straight. Being born in '86, for me, the flower pots ARE Devo.
  • Tom from Adelaide, AustraliaThis song is gold, a classic. It just pulses with energy and I can't get out of my head the red flower pots... Brilliant..
  • Digi from Sydney, AustraliaA GREAT song and it absolutely cracks on the dancefloor. There isn't anything better by Devo except maybe Girl You Want.
  • Steph from Ottawa, CanadaThis song is really bad. 'Mongoloid', though, is very good, and 'Working in a Coal Mine', well, its somewhere in between.
  • John from Alexandria, Ky."Thanks for the info, 'Very' interesting."
    (Always willing to learn something new)
    john krazy2@earthlink.net
  • Mike from Kansas City, KsAs a music reporter in the 1990s I met the guys from Devo when they played on the Lollapalloza tour. I asked them about the song "Whip It" and asked what it was suppose to be about. The guy with the glasses, the lead singer, said it was about whatever a person wanted it to be about but that it had a decidedly sexual theme. He also said it was a great song to get a crowd roudy. The singer proved it by jumping into the crowd during the song while swinging a belt (or something) wildy around - it got the crowd so wound up that kids were being tossed onto the stage and bloodied from head to toe. I guess you could say a good time was had by all!:)

    Mike
  • John from Boca Raton, FlThis song was inspired by Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. In the book there are several intentionally corny self-help poems. Mark Mothersbaugh was reading through the book when he decided to write his own self-help song which turned into Whip It.
  • Kei from Salem, OrWeird Al Yankovic's music video for "Dare to Be Stupid" was loosely based on the video for "Whip It". Members of Devo were later heard to comment that he had done things with their music they never thought possible - and would never forgive him for it ^-^.
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