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WE'VE GOT A RHYME THAT COMES IN A RIDDLE

Listen up, spuds: Following the 4/1 declaration of "Devo Day" by the Mayor of Akron, Ohio, the band's hometown is launching—in conjunction with music-biz giant and champion of De-Evolution Primary Wave—a month of "activations" to get the lads into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Akron and PW have placed giant "energy domes" (made of recycled tires, a nod to local industry) in public view, mounted life-sized cutouts of band members and plastered the town with QR codes to urge citizens (mutant and non-mutant alike) to #DEVOTE at the Rock Hall site.

“The City of Akron has an unbelievable sense of pride, especially when it involves the success of our people,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “We are, and will continue to be, immensely proud to be the home of Devo and will be rallying this great community to help them achieve the recognition they deserve.”

This is hard to imagine given how subversive Devo once was to the heartland image so assiduously cultivated by Midwestern bureaucrats, but here we are. The band's remarkable body of work, including some of the most stinging satire in rock history, speaks for itself. 

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