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In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution (1976)

Several factory workers finish their day at work and get into a car. They drive to a club where they perform the song Secret Agent Man as a rock quartet. A man with a mask of a child named ... See full summary »

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Robert Mothersbaugh Sr. ...
General Boy (as R.L. Motherbaugh)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerald V. Casale
Jim Mothersbaugh
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Booji Boy / Professor
Robert Mothersbaugh
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Several factory workers finish their day at work and get into a car. They drive to a club where they perform the song Secret Agent Man as a rock quartet. A man with a mask of a child named Booji Boy runs into a building where his father, a man named General Boy is waiting. Subsequently, a man gives a lecture by song on the subject of devolution. Written by Brian Risselada

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October 1976 (USA)  »

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The Truth About De-Evolution  »

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The "Shine On America" mural shown in the pre-"Jocko Homo" segment also appears on the cover of The Akron Compilation, an album of songs by Akron area bands. See more »

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General Boy: Come in, Booji Boy. You're late. Have you got the papers the Chinaman gave you?
Booji Boy: Here it is, Dad. Is it a surprise?
General Boy: Yes, Booji. "In the past, this information has been suppressed, but now it can be told. Every man, woman, and mutant on this planet shall know the truth about de-evolution."
Booji Boy: Oh, Dad, we're all DEVO!
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Special mention: every devotee & beautiful mutant See more »

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Featured in Casale and Mothersbaugh on 'Island of Lost Souls' (2011) See more »

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Secret Agent Man
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Written by Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan
Arranged and performed by Devo
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Devo Takes the Stage
4 August 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution (1976)

*** (out of 4)

If you want to see the start of Devo then look no further than this 10 minute promotional piece that features a number of songs but the highlight being Secret Agent Man. I will gladly and freely admit that I'm not a fan of Devo but I ran across this on Fandor and every once in a while I just like trying new things. Overall I thought the film had a pretty interesting and good visual quality that certainly helped capture the band. As far as the music goes, obviously your mile is going to vary depending on your thoughts of the band but it wasn't too bad. Again, I thought their Secret Agent Man was quite fun to listen to.


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