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Born in Ravenna, Ohio, USA
Birth NameGerald Vincent Pizzute
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gerald V. Casale was born on July 28, 1948 in Ravenna, Ohio, USA as Gerald Vincent Pizzute. He has been married to Krista Napp since September 11, 2015.

Spouse (1)

Krista Napp (11 September 2015 - present)

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Older brother of Bob Casale.
Member of the rock group Devo.
He and his friend, Bob Lewis, became obsessed with the idea of de-evolution, the concept that humans were regressing into primitive, brain-eating apes from which we evolved, and later it became the center concept of the band, Devo.
When he was going to Kent State, he was involved in the riots and protests of 1970 and saw many of his friends die when the National Guard began to shot down protestors. He later said that his idea that people were de-evolving began on that day.
His infatuation with "de-evolution" was fueled by the book "The Beginning Was the End" by Oscar Kiss Maerth. In the book (which doesn't have a single reference footnote), Maerth claims that human evolution was advanced by the cannibalistic practice of eating human brains. The title of the book was mentioned in the lyrics of the Devo song "Gates of Steel", and the jacket of their album "Now It Can Be Told" was modeled closely after the slipcover used for the USA printing of Maerth's book.
He was born with the last name Pizzute because his father, Bob, had legally changed his name (his birth name having been Robert Edward Casale) to that of his foster parents. Four years after Gerald's birth, his father changed his name back to his birth name.
He was the official co-leader of the group Devo, besides 'Mark Mothersbaugh', taking on a McCartney-Lennon/Richards-Jagger dynamic with Mark. Although Mark's contribution to the music may have been ultimately greater, Gerald was the hard-headed leader whom (for better or worse) was behind most of Devo's decisions and was arguably the loudest, most decisive voice regarding the artistic direction of the band. Gerald created most of the famous (sometimes infamous) costumes worn by the group, came up with most of the concept art for the band, directed many of their videos and took measures to obscure the group member's backgrounds to make they're uniform image all the more effective.
He sings lead vocals on several Devo songs, occasionally splitting lead vocal duties with Mark Mothersbaugh. He also plays bass guitar and keyboards while performing with the band.
Making music videos. [1997]

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