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Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies

Bob Casale, guitarist for pioneering art-rock band Devo, died of heart failure in New York on Monday.

The guitarist and keyboardist, 61, formed Devo, originally based in Akron, Ohio, 1973 with his brother Gerard. The band’s radical 1977 deconstruction of The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction’ was followed the next year by their Brian Eno-produced debut album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

One of the first US bands to fully embrace the music video, Devo’s 1980 single ‘Whip It!’, with its controversial video, was put on heavy rotation by the fledgling MTV and became a hit, helping its parent album, Freedom of Choice, go platinum.

During a break from Devo, Casale worked with his brother as well as fellow band-member Mark Mothersbaugh to produce soundtracks for movies including The Royal Tenenbaums and Rugrats Go Wild.

“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Gerard Casale said in a statement.

Casale’s death comes soon after the death of bandmate Alan Myers, Devo’s drummer, who died of brain cancer in June, aged 58. 

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