Mechanical Man EP

Mechanical Man EP
EP by Devo
Released 1978
Recorded April 1974-July 1976
Length 13:48
Label Elevator Records
Producer Devo
Devo chronology
B Stiff EP
Mechanical Man EP
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

Mechanical Man is a semi-official EP by new wave musicians Devo, released in 1978. It includes four 4-track basement demos by the band, recorded before they were signed to a record contract with Warner Bros. Records.

Opinions differ as to the legitimacy of the EP, with some sources considering it a bootleg. "Club Devo" webmaster Michael Pilmer states that it was a "fake bootleg" produced by Virgin Records and included with some copies of the band's debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! in the United Kingdom.[1]

The EP was a 7" single housed in a plain sleeve that came in a variety of colors including pink, blue, red, yellow and green. Most EP sleeves were numbered on the back, although the exact number of EPs pressed is unknown.


Although the Mechanical Man EP has never had a proper CD release, all but one track ("Blockhead") were re-released on the Rykodisc compilations Hardcore Devo: Volume One and Volume Two. "Mechanical Man" is an edited version starting at 1:01 of the released version, "Clockout" is labeled as "Blackout" and "Auto-Modown" includes "Space Girl Blues".

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Mechanical Man" (Mark Mothersbaugh) - 3:27
  2. "Blockhead" (Bob Mothersbaugh/Mark Mothersbaugh) - 3:08

Side two

  1. "Blackout" (Gerald V. Casale) - 3:11
  2. "Auto-Modown" (Gerald V. Casale) - 3:51




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