R.I.P. Bob Casale, DEVO guitarist

Bob Casale

Anyone who reads this blog probably knows this by now, but we lost another member of DEVO this week. Bob Casale, one of the band’s founding members, died Monday of heart failure at the age of 61. His death comes less than a year after former DEVO drummer Alan Myers died of cancer. Yeah, it’s been a rough couple of years for DEVO and their fans.

Casale played guitar and keyboards and was known as “Bob2” because guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh was “Bob1.” Here’s what his brother, DEVO co-founder Gerald Casale, said about Bob2 on the band’s website:

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning.

He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got.

He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again.

His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.

Added DEVO frontman Mark Mothersbaugh:

We are shocked and saddened by Bob Casale’s passing. He not only was integral in DEVO’s sound, he worked over twenty years at Mutato, collaborating with me on sixty or seventy films and television shows, not to mention countless commercials and many video games.

Bob was instrumental in creating the sound of projects as varied as Rugrats and Wes Anderson’s films. He was a great friend. I will miss him greatly.

I know we’re usually a bunch of snarky snarkheads on this blog, but not this week. Our hearts go out to everyone in the DEVO family.

Let’s play this post our with some live DEVO circa 1979. It really sucks that two of the five guys in this clip are no longer with us.


One thought on “R.I.P. Bob Casale, DEVO guitarist

  1. Thomas Hardeman

    I get the tunes ! Their sounds had fit the de-evolution of what I had learned of1980 the demarcation year of change. Our American public of beers,our two giant icons of suds was going bad. Bud and Coors. They are now the opitamy of what comes out of reclaim washtub. Seventies we’re the last of leftovers 1950s. The Devo music made us think into a coming fear and loathing for things to come. It was to make many of us to stand too the other side of the room and watch people ba ba baying into this this whatever you call this world of self destruct. When I was listening to the music some of the people didn’t get it. Your tunes were explaining the gass backwards of world events. Well I’m slowly got one foot into the introvert realm and the other trying to grab the madman’s rudder. Nahh! They just get upset. I think I’ll play some of the Devo that fits the events today. Also that’s why I like XTC also. Funny thing, they did their early insults to the American media back in the early eighties. Heard that from my room mate, I cannot remember what city to perform. But the media kept them from touring the States. Actually they would have helped to wake a lot of us up to reason. We’re drowning in plastic!! Products giving up long before their performance. Society hasn’t the ability to submit a request for a raincheck for the gathering to say,” Your Highness!,,,is it possible to hand me the remote to the Stargate of about 1969 to recall how us saplings of society acting so rudly to some innocent day to day activities before watching a war correspondent transporting cathode Ray’s into our living rooms. Marking a long forgotten road of an ancient do not want to play trade and seek.” De-evolution was coming right in front of us. Well I wonder what would be a good song to play at the moment of this time, considering this lovely age of time. I like the video of Jocko Homo. Space junk,all over again. I hope the ship to Mars is roomy enough to accommodate the some of the Democrats for this lovely adventure. (Im dreaming). I’ll cut the ribbon for the blast off. Now now don’t get ahead of your self Mr. writer. Don’t worry Mr. Narrator, I went to school to be civil just like these Senators with their political jargon. Yeah! Like heck I’ll light the engines with the torch from lady liberty. Ok “Enough said!”

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