Vietnamese Truckers Want US Punk Band Devo Lynched.
Above Photo: Devo chilling out in Hyde Park, London, 1980. (© Jill Furmanovsky)
The Vietnamese being usually mild mannered and welcoming in the extreme, I was shocked to my old Punk bones to see a vicious, hate-filled anti-Devo slogan brazenly emblazoned on a truck driving right in front of the minibus I was travelling on in the Mekong Delta recently.
Devo were a brilliant US Experimental Punk band who I regret never having seen live, although they played Liverpool Eric’s before I started going to the club. But their early singles (Mongoloid, Be Stiff, Satisfaction and Jocko Homo) were some of my earliest Punk and New Wave buys, and the band gets an honorable mention in my ’70s-’80’s Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!
Which is why I was so outraged when this anti-Punk message of hate hove into view on an otherwise quiet road in Vietnam.
I haven’t seen the Jocko Homo video for decades, and when I just watched it I laughed out loud and said, admiringly, “The were off their heads!” (See below You Tube link)
Devo were a great band, no matter what Vietnamese truck drivers think of them.
(PS – In fact, the Vietnamese words translate as something like “Handle with care,” or “Be careful…”)
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