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Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh on his new eyewear line, revisiting old work

Mark Mothersbaugh is perhaps best known as the faintly cyborg front man for Devo, whose cybernetic synthesis of the organic and the electronic (not to mention their pointed critiques of consumerist culture) now seem—36 years since Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was first released—astoundingly prescient.

On the side, he’s composed and recorded soundtracks for dozens of movies, TV shows, and video games, scoring everything from Rushmore to Rugrats, as well as creating an impressive body of visual art. His latest venture is a line of frames that he designed alongside eyewear mogul Shane Baum, who calls him “a childhood hero” and “an insanely creative guy.”

Recently EW got Mothersbaugh on the phone to discuss Mothersbaugh x Baum, Devo’s latest tour, and the upcoming theatrical release of Neil Young’s 1982 film Human Highway, which includes the most fascinatingly bizarre performance of Young’s classic “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” ever committed to film.


Meet the man behind the 'awesome' sounds of 'The Lego Movie': DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh

“I kind of wrote two scores,” Mark Mothersbaugh admits to EW, who spoke to him about providing the music for this week’s surprise box office champion The Lego Movie. But it wasn’t indecisiveness; the former frontman of ’80s new wave icons DEVO and now prolific film and television composer knew he had to push the musical boundaries as aggressively as the animators were pushing the visuals.

“We were looking for sounds that created a universe for the LEGOs that was unique,” he said. “I started assembling a sonic palette off of old analog synths that I used with DEVO and newer circuit bent things that I got in the past three or four years and then just kind of borrowing from electronic music through the years.”


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