Rhythm guitarist Bob Casale of Devo—"Bob 2" to lead guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh's "Bob 1," and younger brother of bassist Gerald Casale—died yesterday, reportedly of heart failure. Here is the band putting a cold shiny bolt-gun to the forehead of the staggering no-longer-youth culture of the '60s and '70s, covering "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and thereby repudiating everything that the song had come to stand for.
After enjoying the dulcet tones of Steve Jobs at the keynote earlier in the day, we slam-danced to the nerd-rock stylings of '80s new wave band Devo. Decked out in our red energy dome hats, very special correspondent Paul Boutin and I headed to the historic Warfield club in San Francisco for Macworld Blast. The event doubled as the launch party for Microsoft Office 2008 — the new, Mac-only version of Office. Devo, though they're getting (more than) a little gray in the head, definitely rocked the house, performing at the Warfield for the first time since New Year's Eve 1991. Here's our spud's-eye view of Devo.