Devo – Whip It

The strange, non-sensical lyrics and jerky rhythm made this tune all the more futuristic sounding at its release in 1980. Does it stand up? I think it does – still sounds great after all these years. Apparently the lyrics are meant to be a series of motivational statements poking fun at the American can-do attitude. There is a rather misogynistic MTV video for this song that came out at the time, I watched it again recently (and won’t be republishing it here!) – it’s cringy and doesn’t fit with the song’s intention at all – guess it helped sell records 30 years ago.