Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace

Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace
Live album by Devo
Released 1989
Recorded December 9, 1988
Length 60:01
Label Enigma
Producer Devo
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Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace is a live album released by American new wave band Devo, recorded during their "comeback tour" in promotion of the Total Devo album. It did contain several cuts from the album, but largely focused on earlier material (although the disc also had one exclusive song, "It Doesn't Matter to Me"). The cover art and tagline were based on the 1971 book The Beginning Was the End.

Song changes

The first part of the show was a semi-acoustic set, in which the band played heavily altered versions of earlier hits. The show's opener was a country version of "Jocko Homo", which was now significantly slower and had a vocal melody change. The sad ballad-esque delivery of the song prompted Jerry Casale to exclaim "I'll bet you didn't know that was such a sad song."

The next change was applied to "Going Under", which was performed in a style similar to the E-Z Listening Disc version.

The rest of the set was largely based on the original studio versions. (The only notable difference was in "Gut Feeling", where the fast "Slap Your Mammy" jam had been removed from the ending and was replaced by the different yet equally energetic song "Gates Of Steel".) However, the album's closer is an eleven-minute medley of "Shout", "Somewhere" from West Side Story, and "Disco Dancer". This is the second-longest track found in Devo's catalog; a longer studio version, totaling eighteen minutes, later appeared on the Recombo DNA compilation. It features a longer instrumental section and the addition of an older Devo song called "Social Fools".

Devo's performance of "Disco Dancer" is nearly identical to the remixed version heard in the song's music video.

Album length

The description of the album as containing "More than one hour of uncensored sonic proof" is a deliberate joke on the part of Devo. The album's length is 60 minutes and 1 second.

Track listing

  1. "Jocko Homo" – 3:51
  2. "It Doesn't Matter to Me" – 2:52
  3. "Going Under" – 4:17
  4. "Working in a Coal Mine" – 3:59
  5. "Happy Guy" – 3:22
  6. "That's Good" – 3:31
  7. "Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth" – 3:05
  8. "Girl U Want" – 3:02
  9. "Whip It" – 2:37
  10. "Baby Doll" – 3:53
  11. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – 3:36
  12. "Uncontrollable Urge" – 3:28
  13. "Gut Feeling" – 3:13
  14. "Gates of Steel" – 3:46
  15. "Somewhere With Devo: Shout / Disco Dancer" – 11:20
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