"The band takes its name from a shortened version of "devolution," a concept advanced by Oscar Kiss Maerth's The Beginning Was the End, a pseudoscientific thesis which attributes the rise of man as an evolutionary accident caused by a species of sex-crazed, cannibalistic apes who developed tools to exploit each other sexually and feed on each others' brains."
"These art school brats became New Wave icons in red flowerpot helmets, and 'Whip It' made them '80s pop stars. Actually, Devo are a conceptual art project railing against the twin menaces of Reaganomics and Rubik's Cube. Their robotic rock and band name (short for "de-evolution") portray humanity as mindless automatons who blindly follow leaders. And if a problem ever came along - well, you know ...
Geek IQ: 166"
I owe, I don't pay, and I refuse while I can. It's so much fun in portuguese. In fact, the name "Devo" comes "from their concept of 'de-evolution' - the idea that instead of evolving, mankind has actually regressed, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society."