DEVO : SECRET AGENT MAN [DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE, 1979]

Η ιδιοφυώς ριζοσπαστική διασκευή του τηλεοπτικού τραγουδιού των ’60 από τους Devo, αφορά στην ουσία ένα νέο τραγούδι με αφορμή το παλιό.
Για του λόγου το αληθές, στο δεύτερο βίντεο, το original του
Johnny Rivers…

The brilliantly radical adaptation of the ‘60s TV song by
Devo is essentially a brand new song on the occasion of the old one.
As a proof, there ‘s the
Johnny Rivers‘ original on the second video…

You know I live a life of danger
For the FBI
Keeping tabs on our nation
On the land, on the sea, in the sky
But every single night
Before I go to bed
I get down on my knees
And thank God
I’m a secret agent man
Secret agent man
Secret agent man
They’ve given me a number
But they’ve taken ‘way my name
I got one hell of a job to perform
For the U. S. of A.
Got the responsibility
Of our nation’s top security
But every night and day
I salute the flag and say
Thank you, Jesus
‘Cause I’m, I’m a secret agent man
Secret agent man
You know they got me doin’ this
Doin’ that
And a little bit of something else
Fighting cavities of evil
Safe-guarding America’s health
But not an afternoon pass
I don’t get up off my ass
Thank you God
‘Cause I’m, I’m a secret agent man
Secret agent man
Secret agent man
‘Cause I’m a secret agent man

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3 Comments

  1. Resa October 12, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Well now isn’t this just the most brilliant post, yet?
    Adore Devo! However, I did not realize they covered this song. They did a GREAT rendition, Devo style. The best is that they kept the top & centre of the hook intact. It’s what keeps it real, for me.
    Yet, I do adore the Johnny Rivers version, better.
    It’s just so sexy and thrilling… the guitar speaks, and he’s a fab vocalist!
    Putting these 2 versions together in 1 post is a wonderful juxtaposition of music styles.
    Thank you!!!!

  2. Oannes October 12, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Thank YOU, Resa. I was absolutely crazy about Devo in my teen years. I mean …absolutely!

  3. Resa October 12, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Neat!!! Whip It!!!

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